In music reproduction, mono is to stereo what, in photography, black and white is to color. I say that as someone that loves good black and white photography, but understand that color is infinitely more versatile. Fact is, I've been a photographer since I worked for my school newspaper in 1971. I learned very early on that some photos actually look better in black and white. And in a very real way, all black and white is "abstract art". It is not intended to look real. A photo of a scene with a lot of "color clutter" can suddenly look clean in B&W. And often, a large bright or dark object suddenly becomes the focus in a B&W photograph. And use some AS400 film or even push it, and you get a nice grit that is enhanced by the gray-scale when one wants to give an image a good edge. But the point is that usually B&W is there to simplify a shot - to somewhat limit the amount of subject matter and focus on bringing across a certain emotional response. I've noticed my favorite black and white shots are either of large blocks of dark and light, or of faces, designed to focus on the expression or texture, rather than color. And texture is the name of the game in B&W, IMO. Which brings me to mono vs stereo. Some classic albums in mono just have a solid and clean foundation, but in stereo they seem sonically cluttered, while other forms of music (e.g. symphonic) are very complex and are enhanced by a stereo stage, allowing one to pick out all the differences/details within the wide stereo image. Mono, at its best, brings out a solidity and smoothness in the sound, often adding drama and boldness to music produced with a minimum of instruments, while stereo, at its best, brings out all the delicate nuances of a complex arrangement of many instruments. Most of the recordings I own are stereo, and most of the photographs I take are in color. But some of the best music I own is in mono, and some of the photos of which I am most proud are in Black and White. And then there is Ansel Adams... ---------------------------------------------------------------- This thread was inspired by a comment someone made a while back about "of course mono is better". I had to give a different perspective.