I've never been able to make sense of this: even reputedly excellent mono pressings of music I love sound to me really flat and bland compared to their stereo versions. The recent Kinks in Mono set, Bob Dylan's recent mono box, the Beatles in mono, lots of Blue Note mono... I own or have borrowed a lot of these, and have never been impressed.
So it is me or is it mono? Am I doing something wrong, expecting the wrong things?
Most pressingly, do you really need a mono cartridge to enjoy mono? Paul Rigby says you do:
https://theaudiophileman.com/beatles-mo ... l-version/Do not play mono pressings with a stereo cartridge and don’t think that pressing a mono button on your phono amp will do the job, it will not. Not because of possible damage or anything like that but because the sound will be no where near the potential of what the mono disc can produce. There is no point in paying out and wasting good money on a mono pressing by playing it with a stereo cartridge as you will only be hearing half of the disc’s capabilities. The differences are that obvious. Would you eat soup with chopsticks? Well then
Quite a lot of trouble to put to this to the test: a cartridge swap at best, a full parallel TT/preamp setup at worst.
Is it worth the trouble?
(I do have a mono switch on my preamp, by the way, and I don't find it makes much of a difference.)