Nicely said. When the speakers are 6-12" apart, it's not surprising that you can't discern stereo. Discerning stereo, the way we do it is by the brain being able to sort out the time difference between when the sound gets to one ear and then the other. That might also add credence to the comment in an earlier post that in essence said that the farther away you are from the distance between the two sources of sound, the harder it will be to discern a true stereo effect. That of course is if you're talking about a band, or some other music, or speakers, and they are both coming from a similar direction, as opposed to one in front, and one behind.
i decided to ask my friends that are not musicians or audio guys if they know what stereo means. the answers i got was something that sounds good, two speakers and i dont know. i told them right now i listen to music in mono and most didnt know what that ment. some thought it ment bad sound. i tried explaining a keyboard sound coming from the left speaker and a guitar coming from the right speaker etc and they didnt really comprehend. most of my friends put on music for background sound. sometimes i put on music for background sound especially when i'm on a long drive. so from what i have found out is unless someone is knowledgable about the difference between stereo and mono they wont know the difference. i still have a few friends to ask but it sure was interesting. maybe it ben too long since mono was around that people just dont know. tv has ben stereo for a long time and most of the stuff i watch doesnt have any percievable channel seperation. a few of my friends have the stereo speaker soundbar but the left and right speakers are in the same case next to each other and when my landlord and i watch a dvd we are stiing about 12 feet back and to me it sounds like highfi mono.
It depends on the earplug. You're right about most of them, but not all.
It's a good thing you didn't ask them what a DMX lighting desk was...if they had said "dunno" they wouldn't have been able to see anything at the next show they go to!
I knew someone was going to say something like this, which is what I hinted at in my last post. I don't understand this "stereobashing" I seem to see a lot of on forums.This seems really simple to me: The human ear can detect that things are "spread out over the sonic horizon" really well even if both sides of the PA system doesnt sound exactly the same to every listener. And even if you see no benefit in panning things out to "make room" or for artistic purposes, or whatever, it's still really useful to acheive some of the other things I mentioned.Let's say you have just one mono speaker hanging over the stage, it's highly unlikely that every listener in the house will perceive the sound coming off of that one speaker exactly the same anyways, this is no more and no less of a "crisis" than a guy on the right side of a music hall not hearing the left side perfectly. Or let's say you have a system with a speaker either side of the stage and run it mono, there will be all kinds of interactions and cancellations and additions between the speakers and the surroundings anyways, leading to a different sonic response at many locations in the room. How is this unproblematic, when some panning of effects causing people to "hear things differently" somehow is?To each his own, I guess. I'd prefer stereo if I can get it!
ummm , i dont even know what a DMX lighting desk is. i only take care of the pa. the rest of the guys take care of the lights and pay for lighting rentals if we play indoors. i figure the $75,000.00+ along with my speaker and amp rack labor building time i put into the pa sorta puts the lighting on them. and if they give me any lip i'll unplug "MY" pa ! LOL !
Jeff, it was a joke of sorts:
Hey, if they're listening to music that will rattle your teeth and many of the other bones in your body, do you think that they care whether they are hearing stereo? Think about it, if you were to play music in headphones to give you the equivalent level at your ears, do you think that you'll be able to discern stereo?
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