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Sound Quality After File Conversion from Stereo to Mono
dspargo
post Sep 5 2012, 21:57
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I work in a office where I can listen to music with my headphones using the left one. I want to take my stereo files and convert them to mono using dBpoweramp Music Converter. It is easy enough to do but I do have some concerns.

Originally I used an adapter to go from stereo to mono and my perception was that it muddied the sound. There are some DSP effects I can use in J. River Media Center 17 but I feel like those mess things up too. I even looked into getting a mono headphone amp but those are not easy to find and I would rather not buy a whole new amp. I am using a CEntrance DACport and love it because of the sound quality and it takes up minimal space on my desk.

I've done some research and it looks like I might need a summing box.

Basically I don't want to have to change my setup too much and would like to know if the conversion from stereo to mono is going to affect the sound quality like the adapter. I've listened to some converted files and they do seem to sound good. I do realized that I will be losing the stereo affect and the nuances with that.

Thank you in advance for your help. This has been driving me crazy finding a solution that has minimal changes to my WAV files.
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- dspargo   Sound Quality After File Conversion from Stereo to Mono   Sep 5 2012, 21:57
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE IOriginally I used an adapter to go from ste...   Sep 5 2012, 23:17
- - _if   I don't think there's any reason convertin...   Sep 6 2012, 00:37
- - greynol   QUOTE (dspargo @ Sep 5 2012, 13:57) I am ...   Sep 6 2012, 00:54
|- - dspargo   QUOTE (greynol @ Sep 5 2012, 19:54) QUOTE...   Sep 6 2012, 01:00
- - greynol   That was a link. Did you click on it?   Sep 6 2012, 01:19
- - RobWansbeck   Unfortunately simply adding left and right leads t...   Sep 6 2012, 01:53
|- - dc2bluelight   QUOTE (RobWansbeck @ Sep 5 2012, 19:53) U...   Sep 6 2012, 04:12
- - greynol   That doesn't make sense to me. If you place y...   Sep 6 2012, 02:15
- - 2Bdecided   dc2bl is right - that's why dedicated mono mix...   Sep 6 2012, 10:25
|- - dc2bluelight   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Sep 6 2012, 04:25) ......   Sep 7 2012, 13:18
- - RobWansbeck   Power is proportional to the square of the voltage...   Sep 6 2012, 10:53
- - mzil   This Rane article describes the problem of attempt...   Sep 6 2012, 19:01
- - bryant   QUOTE It doesn't matter if the summing is done...   Sep 6 2012, 19:38
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE Two speakers in a room playing the identical...   Sep 6 2012, 19:52
|- - bryant   QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Sep 6 2012, 10:52) QUOTE...   Sep 6 2012, 19:55
- - RobWansbeck   If you sum in the electrical domain you are summin...   Sep 6 2012, 20:56
|- - dc2bluelight   QUOTE (RobWansbeck @ Sep 6 2012, 14:56) I...   Sep 7 2012, 04:24
|- - RobWansbeck   QUOTE (dc2bluelight @ Sep 7 2012, 04:24) ...   Sep 8 2012, 13:40
|- - dc2bluelight   QUOTE (RobWansbeck @ Sep 8 2012, 07:40) Q...   Sep 9 2012, 14:50
|- - dc2bluelight   Let me add this example. For an electrical sum on...   Sep 9 2012, 15:05
|- - RobWansbeck   QUOTE (dc2bluelight @ Sep 9 2012, 14:50) ...   Sep 10 2012, 12:24
|- - dc2bluelight   QUOTE (RobWansbeck @ Sep 10 2012, 06:24) ...   Sep 10 2012, 18:13
- - 2Bdecided   It's even more complicated. If L and R are per...   Sep 7 2012, 10:18


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