Monophony (electroacoustics)

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Character for 1.0 sound, mono

Monophony (from the Greek μόνος, monos = "one" and φωνή, phone = "sound") means single-channel technology in electroacoustics .

The term is used to distinguish it from stereophony or two-channel technology for sound recording and playback techniques that manage with only one sound channel and therefore cannot reproduce surround sound .

From the beginning of sound recording using phonographs and shellac records until the development of stereophony in the 1950s , monophony was the normal case of sound conservation. Up until the 1960s, numerous sound carriers were released in parallel in a mono and a stereo mix. By the end of the 1960s, stereo editions had largely replaced their mono counterparts.

See also


  • Gustav Büscher, Alfred Wiegelmann: Little ABC of electroacoustics (= Radio-Praktiker-Bücherei. Vol. 29 / 30a). 6th, completely revised and expanded edition, Franzis-Verlag, Munich 1972, ISBN 3-7723-0296-3 .