For me a mono recording has it's biggest impact in vinyl format. Less detail in mono compared to stereo but a good mono recording certainly has it's own soundstage and in my view it's more pure to the live performance. No crazy panning from left to right by the engineer in stereo and overall more slam in mono, especially when I listen quality first pressings in 50s/60s jazz realm. Give me a quality 1st pressing Bluenote on a NY label over any stereo LP any day!
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The appeal of mono rock recordings has two main points. The early Beatles and Dylan recordings, and others, often had voices in one channel and instruments in the other. Not ideal. Mono versions of those recordings sound better to most people.
The mono versions of some albums, aside from the channel issue, have different mixes than the stereo versions, more prominent vocals for instance, and the mono mix is preferred by some people.
I generally prefer stereo unless there’s a specific problem with the album, but there are mono fans.
roberjerman sez ...
No doubt and I agree totally. I’ve been collecting jazz records since high school way back when mono was all you could get. Many of these all-tube recordings have you thinking ... who needs stereo?
Here’s a couple to try out that are excellent:
I can’t vouch for the reissues, but the originals sound fantastic.