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I used MediaInfo to get info about some audios. It shows 1 channel for some and 2 channels for others. Does it mean that sounds with 1 channel are mono and those with two channels are stereo ?

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Note that "mono" and "stereo" are short for monophonic and stereophonic. – sawdust Oct 25 '12 at 18:57
Or monaural @saw – slhck Oct 25 '12 at 21:58
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Yes, channel in audio is a stream of information.

An audio device supports one or more channels depending on configuration. Mono audio has one channel, stereo two channels, and 5.1 surround has six channels.


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Yes. Generally 1 channel audio can still be played through a stereo headset or speakers, it is just the same signal going to both instead of a signal going to each side.

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