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stereophonic sound
Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2005 

Commonly called stereo sound or just stereo, stereophonic sound divides sounds across two channels (recorded on two separate sources) then the recorded sounds are mixed so that some elements are channeled to the left and others to the right. Stereophonic sound  is generally considered the best sound technology of the 1950 and early 1960's.

Contrast with monophonic sound, which uses one channel.

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