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In Reply to: What makes an amplifier have a deep soundstage? posted by Doughter on March 28, 2007 at 05:38:14:
If you listen with just one speaker to an excellent mono recording or stereo recording converted into mono, you can also get a sense of the depth and/volume of the soundstage because of the ambiance information recorded on the disc. (I'm old enough to have had a mono system as my first and remember how I judged sound in those days.) I'm mainly talking about classical music. I believe this infomation is generally at a low level. Different amplifiers differ in their ability to present this information realistically, and I've found mono listening can be an extremely valuable part of this evalaution. Amps that excel at mono stage presentation also excel in stereo if properly set-up, but it's sometimes much easier to hear the difference in mono.
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