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[ster-ee-uh-fon-ik, steer-]
  1. pertaining to a system of sound recording or reproduction using two or more separate channels to produce a more realistic effect by capturing the spatial dimensions of a performance (the location of performers as well as their acoustic surroundings), used especially with high-fidelity recordings and reproduction systems (opposed to monophonic).
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Compare quadraphonic.

Origin of stereophonic

First recorded in 1935–40; stereo- + phon(o)- + -ic
Related formsster·e·o·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of stereophonic

  • A thing as big as wall TV in full color and stereophonic sound must be the talk of the town.

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    Roger Phillips Graham

British Dictionary definitions for stereophonic


  1. (of a system for recording, reproducing, or broadcasting sound) using two or more separate microphones to feed two or more loudspeakers through separate channels in order to give a spatial effect to the soundOften shortened to: stereo Compare monophonic, quadraphonics
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Derived Formsstereophonically, adverbstereophony (ˌstɛrɪˈɒfənɪ, ˌstɪər-), noun
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Word Origin and History for stereophonic


1927, from stereo- + phonic.

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