Binaural Beats vs. Isochronic Tones

Here at FreeBinauralBeats.org we offer 2 versions of every track we have created; binaural and isochronic. So what exactly is the difference? Well, to put it simply, the binaural beats or “tones” of one is in stereo while the other is in mono. The word binaural literally means “of two ears”; bi for 2, and aural for hearing or “of the ears”. So binaural beats use a stereo effect to produce the beat in the “false center” created by your mind combining the signal from your left and right ears. Now if all of this sounds completely foreign to you, you might want to read up a bit on the basics of the science behind binaural beats and how they work. You can read our informative post on that subject here. Now, onto Isochronic Tones. What are they? And how are they different from binaural beats? As mentioned earlier, binaural beats use a stereo effect to create the beat. This requires that the mp3 is listened to using headphones to achieve the optimal effect. But what if you don’t have headphones? What if you want to listen to your binaural beats while meditating or doing yoga?

Wearing headphones during your yoga session can be somewhat cumbersome. That is where isochronic tones come in. The binaural beats in the isochronic tracks are encoded in MONO, allowing the listener to feel the effects of the track while listening on regular speakers. Isochronic tones therefor have the best all-around use. Whereas binaural beats are better for solo-listening and other “recreational” purposes.