Chapter 3

Stereo

Paul Geluso

Stereo Systems

Two-channel stereo has been the mainstay for hi-fidelity recording and playback systems since the first wave of stereo media was brought to the marketplace in the 1950s. Stereo systems are designed to create the illusion of a spatial sound scene with directional sound sources localized between two or more loudspeakers placed in front of the listener. Snow observed that binaural systems transport the listener to the scene of the recording whereas stereo systems transport the sound sources to the listener’s room (Snow, 1953). This chapter will explore methods used to capture, create, playback, and enhance stereo programs.

Blumlein’s Patent

Alan Blumlein laid the groundwork for modern 2-channel stereo ...

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