The Beatles Mono Box Set or The Beatles Stereo???


Both The Beatles Mono Box Set and The Beatles Stereo Box Set is on sale right now for $129. Just have no clue which one to get. I know one is mono and the other is stereo, other than that, can somebody explain to me the difference between the two and why should I pick one over the other?
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Actually, it's more expensive, but you can get the stereo set on USB drive remastered in 24 bit (still at 44.1 for some reason). Much better resolution, detail, timbre.......... If, of course, you can play files off of a USB drive.
I second the vote for mono. I didn't think I would care for the mono because my introduction to this music was all in stereo. The stereo versions are fun and worth the novelty of hearing some interesting studio experimentation. After a while though, the unrealistic mix decisions begin to sound silly. Taxman from Revolver (Stereo), for example, has bass guitar, drums and lead guitar on the left, vocals are centered and then, on the right back-up vocals, a tambourine and injections of guitar solos. Vocals and instruments are all segregated. The mono version, in contrast, is a little more compressed sounding but instruments and vocals are together. In other words, it feels more like the band is performing the song together, in front of the listener, as one coherent unit. Both have their merits and everyone has their preferences. I'll take the mono. :)
From reading the reviews here in Audiogon and Amazon, I think I'm getting the mono set. Which Beatles stereo CD should I get in addition to the mono set to complete my Beatles collection?
I bought the mono and then added Abby road and Let it be. To me the mono issues are just more rocking, the separation in the stereo mixes are interesting but weaken the musics impact.

The other than the sound the mono issues have amazing packaging of each disk. Japanese style recreations of the original lps including the inserts and sleeves. Really great for the price as these type things are usually $20 a disk.
buy both..its the beatles.