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stereophonic sound, sound recorded simultaneously through two or more electronic channels. For live recordings, microphones are placed in different positions relative to the sound source. The recorded sound is played back through loudspeakers placed more or less as the recording microphones were placed. The resulting sound does not emanate from a point source, but instead the voices or instruments composing the sound seem to be spread out as they would be naturally. Thus, some of the ambience of the recording hall is recreated. Almost all commercial recordings and motion pictures produced today use stereophonic sound, as do many television and frequency modulation (FM) radio programs. See record player; sound recording; compact disc.

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ster·e·o·phon·ic / ˌsterēəˈfänik; ˌsti(ə)r-/ • adj. (of sound recording and reproduction) using two or more channels of transmission and reproduction so that the reproduced sound seems to surround the listener and to come from more than one source. DERIVATIVES: ster·e·o·phon·i·cal·ly adv. ster·e·oph·o·ny / -ˈäfənē/ n.