Mono vs Stereo
Mono or Stereo – Which is best?
The distinction is within the number of channels (signals) used. Mono uses one channel while stereo uses two. In Mono sound, one single channel is employed and will be reproduced through one or more speakers, with all speakers reproducing an identical copy of the signal. In Stereo sound two channels are used. You can use two different channels and make one signal and each channel will be reproduced in a separate speaker. This is used to create directionality, perspective, space.
If you are using a lower bitrate (64kbps or less) then stick with mono. For higher bitrates like 96kbps and 128kbps, use Stereo.
Most users automatically assume that because it is set to stereo it will sound better. This is not the case – using stereo on a lower bitrate will cause muffled audio. For example – 48kbps on stereo would mean you are only getting 24kbps per channel. This decreases the end listeners’ experience of your stream, with mono – it will sound better for them.
On 128kbps for example, you are getting 64kbps per channel. This means the overall quality will be improved offering a good stereo, crystal clear audio to the end-user.
- 24kbps – 64kbps: MONO
- 80kbps – 128kbps: STEREO