Back to mono


#1

On Prime day I finally gave in a bought an Echo dot. I have been hesitant do to privacy concerns but I did see some benefits and I thought my wife might enjoy the music function. For Christmas last year I bought her a Bose Wave Soundtouch. She has wanted one for years but I held off until they added Bluetooth. It’s in our kitchen and she does enjoy it, even with its overly “bassy” sound. When I got the Echo I linked it to the Bose via Bluetooth and we listen to all sorts of playlist with a much improved sound vs the Echo alone.

One big drawback I did not think of was the lack of stereo. My wife does not notice but I do. I guess I was naive but I believe most if not all of the Amazon devices are mono only. Also, looking for a Bluetooth speaker for use around our deck/pool area, a good share (not all) of those are mono also. I got me thinking. People are already moving away from decent sounding music in stereo but now mono becoming perfectly acceptable.


#2

Often inexpensive mono sounds better than cheap stereo.

Stereo produced by a radio, random speakers in a kitchen, etc. is just uncorrelated sound. You are not hearing any of the good things about stereo, such as imaging or a soundstage.


#3

I got a few a Dots and an Echo on prime day also. I didn’t expect much as far as sound quality and it does sound awful. Could be much better. The device is really amazing though once you set up all the skills.