Mono has always been a better (more durable, less distortion, louder
cutting) format for vinyl. Back to mono!
David Lennick wrote:
> Just compared three copies of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with Emil
> Gilels and Fritz Reiner conducting: original mono LP (LM 1969),
> "Living Stereo" CD, and 1970s English pressing on "Camden Classics"
> CCV 5016 from Victrola master (VICS 1039). Interesting results. The CD
> is muddy, distant, over-reverbed and very unpleasant. The Camden
> Classics/Victrola is running slow, horribly distorted and full of
> dropouts. The original mono LP sounds .. bloody fabulous!