Here's an issue that I've been having. I have several MP3s that I listen to. These are recordings of presentations and talks from conferences. According to my Quicktime, it says that these are 1 channel recordings. When I play these on any other digital devices or iTunes, I get a monophonic output to both the left and right channels. However, when I turn on BitPerfect, it only outputs the left channel. This is a nuisance, especially when I'm wearing headphones (I keep turning my head to listen to the speaker)
I suppose that being "Bit Perfect" means that when the Right channel has all 0's in it, then you output all 0's. However, since the metadata in the file identifies the file as being only 1 channel, then the 0's in that right channel can't really be considered to be true audio data, and therefore should not be output as zero sound.
This may be just semantics, as the result would still be the same (i.e., nothing coming out the right channel). would it be possible to determine ahead of time that a track is mono and send it out to both left and right channels?
I know that I can accomplish this by going through all my dozens of talks and marking them "monophonic" in the "information" field in the metadata, but this is a bit of a hack since the lower level metadata already contains a marker identifying it as "1 channel" sound on all the files when I get them. And I don't like having to shut down BitPerfect just so I can hear the mono sound in both headphone channels while listening to talks.
Would adding this capability affect the "minimum processing" mandate of BitPerfect?