Mono playback on stereo speakers

May 4, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

8 comments on “Mono playback on stereo speakers”

  1. Tweeters next to each other or on top of each other will result with
    virtually the same comb-filtering problem, as they will be approximately
    the same distance from each other…I know because I’ve done it.

    A mono signal going through a stereo home-audio set-up can give you
    a nice phantom centre channel presentation…I know because I’ve done it šŸ™‚

  2. I opted for the Parasound JC3+ phono preamp, which has a Mono button. Produces amazing mono soundstage with stereo tower speakers. No girations needed.

  3. hPaul, yes. I also have a JC3 Jr, but have no mono vinyl.

    A purist mono listener would have a mono stylus and even a mono cartridge.

    PS the Stellar sale at PSA thru May 30 has the. stellar Phono at an amazing price.

    Paul, send commissions to my address on file

  4. This is a simple but technical way to do this.
    The two input channels, can be fused together by a pare of resistors.
    And once you do that, you now have a mono system.
    Or, you could try putting a Y connecter on both of the input channels, but you would have to do something elce with the stereo output channels of your audio source.

  5. If the speaker-setup is perfect, the music comes right from middle-like only one speaker would do. Depending on the recording the sound is very closely to the middle or sometimes wider. The effect of an mono-switch (amp) or an mono-pickup I didn’t experienced so far.

    1. And this is when you know your speaker positioning is good. If you get “perfect” center channel illusion on mono recordings, you are doing well.

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