External Stereo/Mono Switch

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by joberschlake, Jan 24, 2023.

  1. joberschlake

    joberschlake Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    I found an earlier thread by someone with a rega setup looking for a mono switch. I’m in the same boat. Is that still the preferred method and is the best switch the one made by a member here?
     
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  2. Wayne Nielson

    Wayne Nielson Forum Resident

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    Doesn't your amp have a mono switch?
     
  3. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

    Location:
    South West, UK.
    Have you owned any modern amps? Can't think of any recent amps that have a switch and it's rare on separate phono stages these days. I do have an old Rotel with mono switch and when in regular use it really didn't always make mono recordings sound better. Maybe if you have a lot of vintage mono LPs actually cut with a mono head a mono cartridge is a better bet.
     
  4. joberschlake

    joberschlake Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    No switch on my amp.
     
  5. joberschlake

    joberschlake Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    I have. Rega P6 with the ania cart running thru a rega phono stage. I was considering a used P3 and ortofon mono cart, but not sure about that investment on a lesser table than I have. Would the records sound better on my stereo p6? Would they sound better on the p6 by introducing a mono switch?
     
  6. BrentB

    BrentB Urban Angler

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    Midwestern US
    What records? Old jazz or classical records from the 50's? Pop rock records from the 60's? Older 45's? Newer pressings in mono? Help us help you.
     
  7. Oscillation

    Oscillation Maybe it was the doses?

    I bought one here from @xmas111 . Works great.
     
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  8. joberschlake

    joberschlake Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Columbus, OH


    Jazz from the late 50s and early 60s, classic rock from the 60s and newer classic rock and jazz reissues (stones mono, AP jazz titles, doors VMP, etc)
     
  9. Faust3D

    Faust3D Forum Resident

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  10. BrentB

    BrentB Urban Angler

    Location:
    Midwestern US
    So... quite a bit. Honestly I would get a Y-adapter to see if that makes a big enough difference for you to pursue buying more gear to compliment these monos. I do have a switch on one of my preamps and find it does make things a little clearer on the old ones. Some claim otherwise, but they have never heard that particular system of mine.
     
  11. Wayne Nielson

    Wayne Nielson Forum Resident

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    My House
    All my pres have mono/stereo switches.
     
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  12. Me too. Works great and a fantastic service. A really nice guy. 100%
     
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  13. joberschlake

    joberschlake Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    I’m going to start with a switch from xmas. Struggling to justify buying another table…
     
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  14. harby

    harby Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR, USA
    You can start with an RCA y-cable to see if there's really a need. I made a little demo of different mono configurations.

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    1. is pretty obvious, combine two-to-one, and back to two,
    2,3 short the channels together with the second Y branch and a mating connector,
    4. piggyback RCAs, let you connect a cable (m-m adapter just a demo) between them to short channel together.
     
  15. Soulsanista

    Soulsanista Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oakland, CA
    I recently purchased this switch and I'm very satisfied. I play a lot of mono records and recently "upgraded" to an amp that doesn't have a build in switch. Stereo to Mono RCA Switch - HANDMADE IN THE USA-RCA-2-2
     

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