ste·​reo·​phon·​ic ˌster-ē-ə-ˈfä-nik How to pronounce stereophonic (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting sound reproduction involving the use of separated microphones and two transmission channels to achieve the sound separation of a live hearing
stereophonically adverb
ˌster-ē-ˈä-fə-nē How to pronounce stereophonic (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, the use of Dolby Atmos means that all existing stereophonic music would have to be remastered for this technology. Qi “peter” Li, IEEE Spectrum, 10 Sep. 2022 Because virtual meetings convert the three-dimensional, stereophonic environment of in-person engagements to two-dimensional postage stamp images and monaural sound, the communication channel between the presenter and the audience is considerably narrowed. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Soundbars have supplanted stereophonic set-ups. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2021 Born Regina Zylberberg in Belgium, Régine is credited with inventing the disco and requisite disc jockey that reinvented nightlife for the stereophonic age. Vulture, 1 May 2022 While home theaters employ surround sound for maximum effect, most serious music listeners prefer a stereophonic setup with left and right speakers to replicate the experience of hearing real performers in a real venue. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Oct. 2022 Their label, Decca, had been experimenting with stereophonic sound on classical recordings, and presented the idea of interweaving their material with classical recordings arranged by Peter Knight. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2022 But most of the headphones available, like those used by telephone operators, shortwave radio users and pilots, were incompatible and not stereophonic. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 In deep financial debt to their label, Decca, the Moodys agreed to be the guinea pigs for some new stereophonic recording equipment the label was trying to develop. Chuck Yarborough,, 8 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stereophonic was in 1927

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“Stereophonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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ste·​reo·​phon·​ic ˌster-ē-ə-ˈfän-ik How to pronounce stereophonic (audio)
: of or relating to sound reproduction designed to create the effect of listening to the original

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