When we first got our start in 1980, the world of in-home audio entertainment was reaching a new and unprecedented peak. Not only had stereo equipment become more accessible and higher quality, it was also available in individual components. Audiophiles and sound enthusiasts across the country suddenly had the opportunity to curate their listening experience. And the founders of Stereo Planet were there in the thick of things, mixing, matching, and experimenting to create the highest quality sound experience.
How two-channel changed the game
We’re living in the days of omnichannel surround sound. These days, many home theaters are equipped with multiple speakers and subwoofers to move sound left, right, forward, and backward at will. So what’s the big deal with two-channel audio systems?
Essentially, it refers to any system that moves sound both left and right, allowing for a layered experience of sound. Though the technology first debuted as early as the 1930s, it reached peak popularity in the 70s and 80s, right around when we got our start. The idea is that two-channel replicates the experience of live music, where different instrument sounds come from different areas in the room.
Stereo Planet’s love of two-channel
As you may have guessed from the name, we got our start in two-channel stereo systems. We started as a two-channel store, seeking out and selling the latest in high fidelity and two-channel sound systems.
Audio components are our bread and butter, and two-channel is one of the granddaddies of these components. Plus, our commitment to Hi-Fi means that we are continually seeking out systems and technologies that contribute to the overall high quality of our audio systems. Two-channel, again, fits the bill.
So what’s the purpose of a two-channel stereo?
The preferred setup of audiophiles worldwide, it’s meant to recreate the concert experience. This is in part due to stereophonic sound. Stereophonic sound, or stereo, is a sound reproduction method “that creates an illusion of multi-directional audible perspective.” Stereo sound’s ability to create the impression of sound from multiple directions achieves what natural hearing already does––but in a sound system.
What does this mean? Better at-home listening. With a two-channel stereo, you feel as if you are part of the music, and it often produces a higher quality of sound as well. Two things that music-lovers can agree contribute to an incredible listening experience.
Hear the difference at Stereo Planet
Since 1980, we’ve added to our inventory and scope of work. What hasn’t changed, however, is our love of two-channel and the immersive sound it creates for listeners. We think that everyone deserves to have a high fidelity sound system in their home––especially when we spend so much time there these days. For all your two-channel needs and beyond, Stereo Planet’s experts are here to help.