Records: Spinning Out

The question is no longer whether stereo sound is here to stay, but how long monaural sound can last. Today, three out of five phonographs sold are stereo, as are about half of all new LP records. Even the new monaural phonographs are now equipped to play stereo records without damaging them. So it seemed a natural step last week when Columbia, RCA Victor and Capitol Records announced they were eliminating the only competitive advantage that mono LPs have by raising their price $1, making them as costly as stereo.

The move will...

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