I can only hear in one ear, so stereo is the only way for me!I will never hear surround sound again ! My headphones are even converted, both left and right speaker in just one ear side of my headphones! Not true stereo,but the only way! Its the only way to hook up a surround sound equipment (stereo or HDTV)! Some new equipment only have this hookup anymore! One gold connector (SPDIF) and all you have is a bad boy 1500 watt stereo with the red and white stereo analog connectors! So if you don't want to buy a surround sound stereo,because you already have a stereo, this is what you need to make it work! Thank you!