Beatles - Mono and Stereo boxsets for £100 (instore) @ HMV - HotUKDeals
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HMV are currently selling off the Beatles album boxsets instore for £100 each. Bit of a bargain as the stereo boxset has a rrp of £180 and the mono of £210.

Cheapest I've ever seen them. Picked up the mono set (pictured) as it's unlikely the discs will ever be sold separately for that one.

Edit: HMV are clearing out a load of stuff - this just happens to be the best bargain at the moment in my eyes. Details of some other bits here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hmv-instore-sale-good-bargains-to-b/738654
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#1
#2
Scalding hot, the mono box set is amazing. The stereo versions of the early albums are a bit pointless if you get the mono box set though, so I wouldn't bother getting both.
#3
Yeah, I got the Stereo Box set and have listened to some of the mono and I think they are better, May have to pick up the mono now at this price :)
#4
I prefer stereo to mono but as the mono ones sound better I'll get two of those and play them at the same time. http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/jumpingphil/giggle1.gif
#5
I was thinking about picking up the stereo version, can someone explain why the mono version is better? I would have thought that the sound was better in stereo but I am happy to be wrong!!!
#6
The Doctor
I was thinking about picking up the stereo version, can someone explain why the mono version is better? I would have thought that the sound was better in stereo but I am happy to be wrong!!!


Most of the Beatles' albums were recorded and mastered by them in mono, with stereo versions produced later, usually without the band's involvement. The mono boxset doesn't contain all the albums (there's no Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road or Let It Be), only those where the albums were originally issued in mono.

From Wikipedia:

The Mono Box Set was released to reflect the fact that the Beatles' catalogue (aside from Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, and Let It Be) was originally released in mono, in addition to stereo. Many feel that the these mono mixes reflect the true intention of the band. For example, in the case of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, all the mono mixes were done together with the Beatles themselves, throughout the recording of the album, whereas the stereo mixes were done in only six days by George Martin, Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush after the album had been finished, with none of the Beatles attending. George Harrison commented: "At that time [...] the console was about this big with four faders on it. And there was one speaker right in the middle [...] and that was it. When they invented stereo, I remember thinking 'Why? What do you want two speakers for?', because it ruined the sound from our point of view. You know, we had everything coming out of one speaker; now it had to come out of two speakers. It sounded like... very... naked."

The big appeal of the mono boxset is that it's a limited release and the discs aren't meant to be released separately, whereas the stereo boxset is made of albums which are available separately and will be for years to come.
#7
Does anyone know if this is nationwide?
#8
Some of the deals appear to be.
#9
Buy the stereo and unplug 1 speaker... Heheh!
#10
Hot. Picked up the mono in the Hatfield branch earlier today, assistant said they didn't have any of the stereos though.
#11
Four copies of the mono (none of the stereo) in stock at Birmingham Pavillions this afternoon. Had to ask as they had not yet been put out. Many thanks for this, I've been waiting for the mono box to drop to a reasonable price.
#12
Expensive I think and I'm a big fan will need to think
#13
Has it expired because it comes up as £200 on the website?
#14
Sorry just realised that its instore.
#15
Gash........
banned#16
Good price but this is nearer the price they should have been at in the first place and that most people knew it would drop down at some point.
#17
£100 is a good deal ?
#18
I want the apple memory sticks with the 24bit lossless versions :)
Still can't decide if I prefer the mono or stereo versions, it depends what mood i'm in.
#19
PhilK
£100 is a good deal ?


If you're a Beatles fan, you have to have the mono set, and this is the cheapest it's been. Since it's an LE, and likely on clearance here, I doubt it'll end up much cheaper. It's the albums as they were meant to be. Even if you've heard Sgt Pepper's or the white album 1000 times, you haven't heard the proper version without this set. It's not just the fact they're in mono, the songs are actually different, with different parts used on many tracks.
#20
I'd love this: it's a cracking deal too. Still, a hundred quid is a hundred quid - the wife would probably skin me alive if I walked through the door with this!
#21
So what's better? Mono or stereo?
#22
£61.99 on ebay brand new sealed if you look. Also lots going for £100 there. Great if you want it instore though. :)
#23
Babbler
£61.99 on ebay brand new sealed if you look. Also lots going for £100 there. Great if you want it instore though. :)


Yep. Had a look on Ebay. Much cheaper downloading them though. X)
#24
Chanticleer
The Doctor
I was thinking about picking up the stereo version, can someone explain why the mono version is better? I would have thought that the sound was better in stereo but I am happy to be wrong!!!
Most of the Beatles' albums were recorded and mastered by them in mono, with stereo versions produced later, usually without the band's involvement. The mono boxset doesn't contain all the albums (there's no Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road or Let It Be), only those where the albums were originally issued in mono.From Wikipedia:The Mono Box Set was released to reflect the fact that the Beatles' catalogue (aside from Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, and Let It Be) was originally released in mono, in addition to stereo. Many feel that the these mono mixes reflect the true intention of the band. For example, in the case of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, all the mono mixes were done together with the Beatles themselves, throughout the recording of the album, whereas the stereo mixes were done in only six days by George Martin, Geoff Emerick and Richard Lush after the album had been finished, with none of the Beatles attending. George Harrison commented: "At that time [...] the console was about this big with four faders on it. And there was one speaker right in the middle [...] and that was it. When they invented stereo, I remember thinking 'Why? What do you want two speakers for?', because it ruined the sound from our point of view. You know, we had everything coming out of one speaker; now it had to come out of two speakers. It sounded like... very... naked."The big appeal of the mono boxset is that it's a limited release and the discs aren't meant to be released separately, whereas the stereo boxset is made of albums which are available separately and will be for years to come.

It is no longer a Limited Edition for the Mono Set as their was a run of them that were numbered but because it sold so well they decided to start selling an unumbered run of the Mono Boxset.
#25
Beware lots of fakes on e-bay.
Thats why they are so cheap.
#26
DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE ON EBAY if the price is less than £100 for buy it now. They are all fake. Chinese copies made to look like Japanese sets. The fake mono box set isn't even in mono!, the drummer is called Ringo Start on one CD.....The offical mono sets sell for £200 so the trade price must be about at least what HMV are selling them for so whatever you think of the original price this is the best deal on these by far. If you buy one buy the mono set as they aren't available seperately.
#27
IWannaBeAdored

Yep. Had a look on Ebay. Much cheaper downloading them though. X)


Yes but this isn't HotUKThievingBastards.com
#28
Got one HMV Argyle Street. 4 left.

Cheers
#29
snapped one up awesome really awesome cheers OP
#30
I'm on my way to Liverpool to try and get a stereo set, i'm hoping to god that they have one!
#31
I got it finally! was alot of trouble though, they had sold out in most HMV's but I was lucky to get the last one from HMV Birkenhead but only after someone had reserved it and was did'nt want it :-D
I was offered the 'last one' in Liverpool city centre but someone had opend it from it's plastic wrap and battered up the box, for £100 I could'nt have that.
#32
Last Mono set brought from the Folkestone branch yesterday
#33
Just got a mono one from HMV in Picadilly Circus - one more left on the shelf:-)

Edited By: ctdctd on Aug 19, 2010 15:47: additional info
#34
I found it hard getting hold of the Stereo set in the Northwest!
I only got a set because someone reserved one and decided they did'nt want it :-D
They still had Mono sets in most stores that I visited.

It's a shame that the Mono set is missing some of the best albums ever made.
#35
Is there any of these left anywhere?

I need one but they've sold out in my nearest HMV :(
#36
had a few in new outlet store in Freeport,Braintree (that's in Essex between Colchester and Chelmsford if you've not had the pleasure) a couple of weeks ago-might be worth phoning ahead.

Edited By: dob66 on Nov 08, 2010 21:38: repetition

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