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Friday, June 7, 2013

This ain't stereo

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This is not the kind of blog you'd expect me to write.

To explain, Susan recently asked to switch stereos with me. She said the one I had "looks better." She has it. I have the one she had.

The one she traded is louder, has superior speakers, but it does look old. It has a record player and dual cassette decks. No CD. The one I traded her has a 3-CD spinner.

So. We traded.

An RCA jack on one speaker is missing. So I wired it into the other speaker. What looks like a stereo system is a mono system.

This has created, for me a different listening experience when I tune in a terrestrial radio station in the evenings.

Today's music is recorded in stereo. Sometimes ertain tracks intended to be played in one channel only.

Radio is also broadcast in stereo.

This combines, in my case, for some interesting listening experiences. I find that I am listening to very familiar songs differently. Instrumental tracks sometimes fade to nearly nothing while the vocals, done on both tracks, remain strong.

This lets me hear the singer in a new way.

On straight instrumental work, I get to hear playing that I otherwise didn't quite realize was there.

This is proving to be a very interesting experience. Soon I will switch the connected speaker(s) to the other port and see what I've been missing on the other channel.

1 comment:

  1. I think the fact that my Niece wanted your stereo because it looked cooler because it had a record player etc is kind of awesome. Way to many people these days want the bestest with the mostest. You go Susan!

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