Is this considered "normal" for one-channel input? Or something you get used to? Or do people work around it?
Background: With zero experience in recording, I'm considering two entry-level audio interfaces by the same company with the with very similar specs. Both feature two inputs and direct monitoring, but the better model has a "mono" and "stereo" switch for monitoring that allows you to hear one-channel input in both ears.
To me, this seems to be a critical feature, and yet it is lacking in many entry-level interfaces and is never remarked upon in various reviews. Why is something that seems like a necessity to me so unimportant to other people (who presumably have more experience)? Do people use mostly indirect monitoring through DAW? Or is hearing through only one ear not as weird as I think?
PS Although the price difference for the two models individually is not great, the better one is not available as a bundle that offers a significant saving, so the decision is quite difficult for me.