Kontakt 4 & 5 Stereo Outs vs. Mono Outs?

I’ve been using Kontakt 4 and/or 5 on every project, and I’m now curious why the instruments are all in stereo output form.

For instance, my Sax, Trumpets, and Flutes, etc. would all easily be considered mono instruments, and yet Kontakt outputs them as stereo.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to have them as mono?

Is there any advantage to having them stereo? I don’t see it regarding Pan settings.

Wouldn’t it be less usage on the CPU if they were mono, or would that be a negligible amount?

I would say it’s how they are recorded that defines how they should be output. Even if the instrument is considered monophonic it could be stereo mic’d for ambience.

Right - I didn’t think of that.