Stereo? Who needs it: I think the Beatles sound better in mono

For decades we have all been swimming in the great stereo sea and enjoying almost all of our audio content in stereo. Surround sound is a real thing, and so is spatial audio, true, but stereo is still the dominant format. Accordingly, you don’t even really “choose” to listen to music in stereo; often it is the only option.

Sure, streaming services like Tidal and Apple Music let you hear Dolby Atmos music mixes, but generally speaking, stereo is what you’ll get when listening to music. This is not surprising given that stereo is a really good audio format and we now know very well how to work in stereo. That doesn’t mean that stereo always sounds best, though.

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