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    This is a list of stereo recordings that have impressive surround effects when played back through various high end decoders. Since this is rather subjective please be sure to include information about the type of decoder used to achieve the best pseudo surround effects. Submit your entries for albums as well as individual titles and include the following info if possible;

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    THE LIST:Albums

    Marc Almond -Mother Fist... And Her Five Daughters

    Marc Almond -Soft Cell

    Marc Almond -Non-Stop Caberet

    Aphrodite's Child -666- 1969 Vertigo LP - 838 430-2

    Badger- One Live Badger

    Beasty Boys-Hello Nasty QS Decoder

    Beatles - Revolver (especially "Tomorrow Never Knows") QS Decoder

    Beatles - Sgt Pepper QS Decoder

    Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (except Walrus) QS Decoder

    Beatles - White Album QS Decoder

    Beatles - Yellow Submarine Original version- QS Decoder

    Be-Bop Deluxe- Sunburst Finish- Harvest 1976 #ST-11478- Sansui Variomatrix

    Be-Bop Deluxe- Modern Music- Sansui Variomatrix

    Be-Bop Deluxe- Axe Victim- Sansui Variomatrix

    Be-Bop Deluxe- Live in the Airage - Sansui Variomatrix

    Big Brother And The Holding Co - Cheap Thrills QSD-1

    Black Lab - Your Body Above MeTate II Surround

    Blue Cheer - Outside Inside QSD-1

    Captain Beefheart-Trout Mask Replica SQ Decoder

    The Clash-Sandanista Tate II Surround Mode

    Paula Cole - This Fire SQ Logic

    John Cooper Clarke - Best Of- SQ Logic

    Julian Cope-Rite 1, Rite 2, Rite Now Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Julian Cope - St. Julian QSD-1

    David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name QS Variomatrix

    Crystal Method - Vegas- Tate II Surround Mode

    Dead Can Dance-Into The Labyrinth- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround Setting

    Neil Diamond - <strong>Tap Root Manuscript</strong> Full logic SQ decoder

    Thomas Dolby- He Blinded Me With Science- QSD-1

    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited- QS decoder

    Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde- QS decoder

    Donald Fagen- Nightfly

    Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On- QSD-1

    Fortran 5 - Bad Head Park- Tate II, surround mode

    John Foxx- Metamatic Virgin CDV2146 QS decoder-Surround Setting

    Freestylers - We Rock Hard- Tate II Surround Mode

    Robert Fripp - Radiophonics: 1995 Soundscapes Volume 1 - Live In Argentina -Sansui Variomatrix

    Edgar Froese - Aqua- QS Surround Setting

    Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live- SQ Logic

    Rory Gallagher - Wheels within Wheels (2nd half of album) SQ Logic

    Rory Gallagher - Let's Go To Work (Box Set) SQ Logic

    Art Garfunkel- Breakaway - Sansui Vario-matrix

    Godspeed You Black Emperor-F#A# Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Grateful Dead - Anthem Of The Sun- QSD-1

    Jimi Hendrix-Are You Experienced? Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Jimi Hendrix-Electric Ladyland- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis Bold As Love- QSD-1

    Steve Hillage - Rainbow Dome Musick- QS Surround Setting

    Joji Hirota -The Gate- SQ Logic

    Iron Maiden - <strong>Dance of Death</strong> Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxter's- QSD-1

    Jethro Tull-Benefit- QSD-1

    King Crimson-In The Wake Of Poseiden- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    King Crimson - The Power to Believe- Sansui Variomatrix Surround setting

    Paul McCartney-Ram- QS Decoder

    Monster Magnet - Powertrip- QSD-1

    Monster Magnet - Monolithic Baby- QSD-1

    Moody Blues - In Search Of The Lost Chord- QSD-1

    The Mothers of Invention -Uncle Meat- QS Decoder 1968 Bizarre/Warner Reprise LP - 2MS 2024

    Nektar - Greatest Hits Live- Tate SQ mode

    Nektar - Journey To The Center Of The Eye- QSD-1

    Bruce Palmer - The Cycle Is Complete- QS Variomatrix

    John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey-Dance Hall at Louse Point- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Pink Floyd- Piper At The Gates of Dawn- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Pink Floyd- Pompeii Sessions- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Pink Floyd- Saucerful of Secrets- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Pink Floyd- Ummagumma (studio sides) Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Robert Plant & the Strange Sensation - Dreamland - SQ Logic

    Procol Harum - A Salty Dog- QSD-1

    Prodigy - The Fat of the Land- Tate II Surround Mode

    Psychedelic Furs - Book Of Days- QSD-1

    Radiohead - Hail To The Thief- Tate II, surround mode

    Radiohead - In Rainbows - Sansui Variomatrix Surround Setting

    REM - In Time- Sansui Vario-matrix Surround

    Robbie Roberston & Red Road Ensemble - Songs for the Native American- Sansui Vario-matrix Surround

    Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Royal Request- QS Decoder

    Danny Santos- Done Gone Got Lucky- Wind River Records JIC- Dolby Pro II or Circle Sound music settings

    The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Rock Drill- SQ Logic

    Simon And Garfunkel - Bookends- QS Decoder

    Soundgarden - A-Sides- QSD-1, surround mode

    Space Opera - Space Opera- QS Variomatrix

    Spirit - The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus- QSD-1

    Tangerine Dream- Alpha Centuri- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Tangerine Dream- Zeit- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Isao Tomita- Kosmos & Greatest Hits- QRX-9001 Matrix surround mode.

    Tonto's Expanding Head Band- Tonto Rides Again- QS Variomatrix

    United States Of America - United States Of America- QS Decoder - 1967 Columbia LP CS9614

    Andreas Vollenweider - Book of Roses- SQ Logic

    Andreas Vollenweider - White Winds- SQ Logic

    Andreas Vollenweider - Dancing With the Lion- SQ Logic

    Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble- Out of the Blue- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Yes- Tales From Topographic Oceans- Sansui Variomatrix-Surround setting

    Yes- Keys to Assention Vol. 1 & 2 SQ Logic


    Frank Zappa- Lumpy Gravy- Tate-SQ Mode


    Recommended List for Dynaco owners - Might also be good w/ other decoders

    Beach Boys: "Sunflower" (reprise S 6382)
    Beach Boys: "Surf's Up" (Reprise RS 6453)
    Beatles:"Let It Be" (Apple 34001)
    Beaver/Krause:"Gandhavara" (Warner WS 1909)
    Berio: "Sinfonia" (Columbia MS 7268)
    Berlioz:"Requiem" (Philips 6700 019)
    Blood, Sweat and Tears: "Child is Father to the Man"
    Boston Pops Orchestra: "An Evening at the Pop's" (RCA Red Seal LSC 2827)
    Boston Pops Orchestra: "Irish Night at the pop's" (RCA Red Seal LSC 2946)
    Britten: Noye's Fludde" (London OS 25331)also (Argo ZNF 1)
    Crosby, Stills and Nash (Atlantic SD 8229)
    Eileen Farrell: " I've Got a Right Sing the Blues"( Columbia
    CS 8256)
    Fiddler on the Roof:Original Cast (RCA Victor LSO 1093)
    "The Flame" (Brother 2500)Recorded in Dynaquad
    George Harrison: "All Things Must Pass" (Apple STCH 639)
    Quincy Jones: "Walking in Space" (A&M SP 3023)
    James Last: "El Condor Pasa" (Polydor 24-4509)
    Limelighters: "Tonight In Person"
    Last Night of the Proms (Philips 6502 001)
    Mahler "Symphony #2" (RCA LSC 7066)
    Mahler "Symphony #8" (CBS 2013)
    Lee Michaels (A&M 4199)
    Pink Floyd "Ummagumma" (Harvest STBB 388)
    Shakespeare: "Macbeth" (Caedmon SRS S 231)
    Simon and Garfunkel: "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" (Columbia KCS 9914)
    Jimmy Smith:"The Best of Jimmy Smith" (Verve 68721)
    Stockhausen: "Electronic Music" (Deutche Grammmophon SPLM 138811)
    Stockhausen: "Kurtzwellen" (Deutscche Grammophon 2707045)
    Strauss: "A Hero's Life" (Philip's 6500 048)
    Strauss: "Salome" (RCA LSC 7053)
    Mary Travers: Mary"(Warner WS 1907)
    Vaughan Williams: "A Sea Symphony" (Angel SB 3739)
    Wagner:"Sigfried" (London OSA1508)
    Webber/Rice: "Jesus Christ Superstar" (Decca DXSA 7206)
    The Who: "Live at Leeds" (Decca DL 79175)

    Conventional stereo recordings recomended by Dynaco

    Cannonball Adderley: "Country Preacher" Live at Operation Breadbasket (Capitol SKAO 404)
    Bach: "Cantata 130,67,101" (London 26098)
    Beethoven: "Symphony #5" (RCA LSC 2466).
    Bizet: "L'Arlesienne Suites" (Columbia MS 6546)
    Brahms: "Piano Concerto #2" (RCA LSC 2466)
    Brahms: "Symphony #4 (RCA LSC 3010).
    Jack Bruce: "Harmony Row" (Atco S 33-365)
    "Johnny Cash at San Quinten" (Columbia CS 9827)
    "Los Chiriguanos of Paraguay" (Nonesuch H 72021).
    "Cinemoog" (Mercury SR 61279)
    Ray Conniff and the Singers: "Bridge over troubled Waters"(Columbia CS 1022).
    John Denver: "Poems, Prayers and Promises" (RCA LSP 4499).
    The Doors: "Absolutely Live" (Eletra 9002)
    The Doors: "Morrison Hotel" (Eletra 75007)
    Les Elgart: "Sound Ideas" (Columbia CS 8002)
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Cotillion 9040)
    Esquivel: "Infinity in Sound" #1 and #2 (RCA LSP 2225 and LSP 2296 respectively)
    Esquivel: "Latin-esque" (RCA LSA 2418).
    "Everything You Ever Wanted to Hear on the Moog" (Columbia M 30383).
    George Greeley: "Popular Piano Concerts of Famous Film Themes" (Warner WS 1427)
    Hayden: "Creation" (Deuche Grammophon 2707044)
    "Horowitz on Television" (Columbia MS 71006)
    Dick Hyman: "Moog-Electric-Eclectics" (Command S 938)
    "The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim"(Warner WS 1611)
    "Kenton at the Las Vegas Tropicana" (Capitol ST 1460)
    Morgana King: "It's a Quiet Thing" (Reprise RS 6192)
    Kingston Trio: "Best" (Capitol ST 1705)
    Led Zepplin II (Atlantic SD 8236)
    "Charles LLoyd in the Soviet Union" (Atlantic SD 1571).
    Harvey Mandel: "Games Guitars Play" (philips PHS 600325)
    "Mantovani in Concert from the Royal Festival Hall" (London PS 578)
    Rod McKuen: "The Earth"(Warner WS 1705)
    John Murtaugh: "Blues Current" (Polydor 244016).
    "The Naked Carmen" (Mercury SRM I604)
    New York String Ensemble: "Tapestry" (Columbia CS 9442).
    "One Stormy Night" (philips PHS 600205).
    "O Sacrum Convivium"(Argo ZRG 662)
    "Johnny Otis Live at Monterey" (Epic EG 30473)
    "Project: Comstock" (Warner WS 1463)
    Rachmaninoff: "Piano Concerto #2" (RCA LSC 2068)
    Rascals: "Peaceful World"(Columbia G 30462)
    Rolling Stones:"Satanic Majesties Requests" (London NPS-2)
    Edmundo Ros:"The New Rhythms of the South"(London SP 44054)
    Santana: "Abraxas" (Columbia KC 30130)
    Santana: "New Album" ( KC 30595)
    Santana: "Santana" (CS 9781)
    Satie: "Gnossiennes [Through a looking Glass]
    Schubert: "Symphony #5" (RCA LSC 2344).
    Shostakovitch "Symphony #5" (Philips PHC 9081).
    Simon and Garfinkle: "Scarborough Fair"(Columbia CS 9363)
    "Something in the Wind" (A&M SP 4207).
    "Soviet Army Chorus and Band" (Angel 35411)
    Tchaikovsky: "1812 Overture" (RCA LSC 3204)
    Tchaikovsky: "Sleeping Beuty" and Swan Lake" excerpts (London Spc 21008).
    Vivaldi:"Gloria" (Argo ZRG 505).


    THE LIST: Specific Songs-Tate Fosgate

    1. Close Encounters, Bermuda Triangle, Isao Tomita
    2. Oxygene, Jean Michel Jarre
    3. Ten To Two Blues, Dusk O Goykovich
    4. Enigmatic Ocean, Jean-Luc Ponty
    5. Saturday Night, Red Norvd Group
    6. Pachebel Canon in "D", Jean-Francois Paillard Orch.
    7. Vivaldi Concerto in "E", Op.8 No.1, Vivaldi Ensemble, Tokyo
    8. Russian Sailors Dance, Morton Gould (dbx noise reduction)
    9. Bizet: Carmen, Maria Callas Paris Opera
    10. Toccata and Fugue in "D" Minor, E. Power Biggs in the Thomaskirche
    11. Knife Fire Dance, Polynesian Culture Center, Hawaii
    12. Buck Dance, Bang Baa-Room and Harp, Dick Schory
    13. Dance Macabre, Jerry Murads Harmonicats
    14. Chim Chim Cher-ee, The New Christy Minstrels
    15. Baby Elephant Walk, Hugo Montenegro (CD-4 quad record played in stereo)
    16. Espana Cani, The 101 Strings Soul of Spain
    17. Where or When, Lena Horn Live on Broadway
    18. Angel Eyes, Frank Sinatra Live at the Sands
    19. By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell Live
    20. Mrs. Robinson, Simon and Garfunkel
    21. Melancoly Man, Moody Blues
    22. Do You Feel Like We Do, Peter Frampton
    23. Ai No Corrida, Quincy Jones
    24. Children of the Sun, Billy Thorp
    25. The Wall, Pink Floyd
    26. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zepplin
    Last edited by dr8track; 03-01-2008 at 10:47 PM.

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    try listening to "Tonight in person" by the Limelighters
    it works best by any concert hall seting and
    works very well on a dynaco or just a diference speaker(s)
    in the back
    the sounds of the audience and the wateresses are great

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    It's no secret that SQ-encoded mixes usually decode quite well using Dolby Pro II or Circle Sound music settings on contemporary receivers. In particular (although maybe not to your taste) is Art Garfunkle's first solo album "Angel Claire" on Columbia Records. It was originally released in both stereo and SQ album formats and sure enough the CD comes across very much like the old SQ album did when decoded as I mentioned. It's as if they used the SQ master for the CD itself.

    Another album that decodes well using similar settings is a regional Americana artist here in Texas named Danny Santos entitled "Done Gone Got Lucky" on Wind River Records JIC you're looking for something new.

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    Marc Almond - Mother Fist... And Her Five Daughters.

    Sounds VERY "quaddy" via the Surround mode on the 101A. His first Soft Cell album, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret also decodes wonderfully - there's all kinds of out-of-phase vocal effects on the songs "Seedy Films" and "Sex Dwarf" that end up in the surrounds and give a very 'pervy' atmosphere. The EP followup, Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing, has similar OOP effects.

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    I have two RCA cds by Isao Tomita, "KOSMOS" & "GREATEST HITS" which play very well through my QRX-9001 in the matrix surround mode.

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    McCartney's RAM.... should I have my QRX-7500 in the SQ mode or in the 'Fake Quad' mode? I had it in the 'Fake Quad' mode last night and it sounded pretty damned cool!

    "Smile Away" had Paul singing from the rears during the verses with that sort of compressed effect that he recorded it in, with Linda's harmonies and most of the band in the front. There was a lot of other cool stuff going on too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sansui Louie
    McCartney's RAM.... should I have my QRX-7500 in the SQ mode or in the 'Fake Quad' mode? I had it in the 'Fake Quad' mode last night and it sounded pretty damned cool!

    "Smile Away" had Paul singing from the rears during the verses with that sort of compressed effect that he recorded it in, with Linda's harmonies and most of the band in the front. There was a lot of other cool stuff going on too.
    The "Fake Quad" or "Surround" mode with RAM will push more stuff to the rears compared to regular QS mode. Both sound good but very different. Surround mode is more discrete-sounding but many times the rears sound more active than the fronts, which can be a little unsettling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffty
    It's no secret that SQ-encoded mixes usually decode quite well using Dolby Pro II or Circle Sound music settings on contemporary receivers. In particular (although maybe not to your taste) is Art Garfunkle's first solo album "Angel Claire" on Columbia Records. It was originally released in both stereo and SQ album formats and sure enough the CD comes across very much like the old SQ album did when decoded as I mentioned. It's as if they used the SQ master for the CD itself.

    Another album that decodes well using similar settings is a regional Americana artist here in Texas named Danny Santos entitled "Done Gone Got Lucky" on Wind River Records JIC you're looking for something new.
    I've been told it's actually QS encoded mixes that tend to decode well in DPLII, while SQ mixes do not.

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    Add Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssully
    I've been told it's actually QS encoded mixes that tend to decode well in DPLII, while SQ mixes do not.
    SQ mixes sound good with DPLII but do not decode as accurately as they would with an SQ decoder. QS mixes, on the other hand, decode nearly perfectly with DPLII (when "dialed in" correctly).

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    I am amazed on a daily basis at what a QB restored QRX can do with a stereo record, but one title that stands head and shoulders above all the rest is "Sunburst Finish" by Be-Bop Deluxe from 1976 on the Harvest label (ring a bell?). The album # is: ST-11478. I cannot recommend this title enough. In fact it's titles like this that get me wondering if there isn't a market for surround conversions of old stereo titles. I don't do conversions myself, but if I did this title would be the first one I would give a go at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffty
    It's no secret that SQ-encoded mixes usually decode quite well using Dolby Pro II or Circle Sound music settings on contemporary receivers. In particular (although maybe not to your taste) is Art Garfunkle's first solo album "Angel Claire" on Columbia Records. It was originally released in both stereo and SQ album formats and sure enough the CD comes across very much like the old SQ album did when decoded as I mentioned. It's as if they used the SQ master for the CD itself.
    The same can be said of Garfunkel's "Breakaway" album. I have it on stereo vinyl and it sure sounds quad to my ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquadad
    I am amazed on a daily basis at what a QB restored QRX can do with a stereo record, but one title that stands head and shoulders above all the rest is "Sunburst Finish" by Be-Bop Deluxe from 1976 on the Harvest label (ring a bell?). The album # is: ST-11478. I cannot recommend this title enough. In fact it's titles like this that get me wondering if there isn't a market for surround conversions of old stereo titles. I don't do conversions myself, but if I did this title would be the first one I would give a go at.
    Dave all of Bills stuff decodes well, Modern Music, Axe Victim, LIve in the Airage and his solo stuff as well. I knew you had good Taste!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cai Campbell
    SQ mixes sound good with DPLII but do not decode as accurately as they would with an SQ decoder. QS mixes, on the other hand, decode nearly perfectly with DPLII (when "dialed in" correctly).
    What DPL II mode would you recommend?
    In my amp, there is Cinema, Music, Matrix, Emulated & custom (although I cannot find any way to set the custom)
    Oh well, whatever - nevermind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil wilkes
    What DPL II mode would you recommend?
    In my amp, there is Cinema, Music, Matrix, Emulated & custom (although I cannot find any way to set the custom)
    There seems to be a lot of variation in the exact implementation of DPLII amongst hardware manufacturers. For the player in my car, these are the settings I use for optimal QS decoding, verified with Quadraphile QS test tracks:

    DPLII Mode: Music
    Panorama: Yes
    Dimension: 3 (on a scale of 1 to 6)

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    There is a often also a Center Channel setting (its default is 3 on a scale of 0-7) This variably distributes the center channel info to the L/R vs center. Defaults for other options are usually Panorama off, Dimension 0. In my AVRs, the user-adjustable options only apply to Music mode (and might only be available in menus when you're in Music mode, so don't assume they're not there without checking for them in Music mode). One shouldn't be afraid to experiment with the various settings. In my experience Panorama has the most extreme effect on the 'surround' aspects -- with 'on' being more surround-y than off. Sometimes unnaturally so. (btw Panorama ON in DPLIIx or newer DPLII decoders, is also the only Music mode in which the high frequency output of the surround speakers isn't rolled off, according to my sources at Dolby Labs. I have suggested to them that they make the high freq shelf filter user-switchable too, since I would someday like to hear DPLII at full frequency from all speakers when playing music, without having to engage the Panorama effect. The shelf filter is off in Movie mode, but so are the controls for Center width and Dimension, and Movie mode aggressively moves stuff it interprets a 'vocals' , to the center.)


    The best online technical explanation of DPLII that I know is

    ttp://www.dolby.com/assets/pdf/tech_library/209_Dolby_Surround_Pro_Logic_II_Decoder_Principles _of_Operation.pdf

    though it's somewhat out of date.
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    I forgot about the center channel setting. It is effectively disabled in my DPLII menu since I have the center channel turned off on the "master" menu. But yeah, it's pretty important to turn the center channel off if you're trying to replicate QS quadraphonic decoding.

    There is a synergy between the panorama and dimension settings. You'll want to experiment with combinations between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cai Campbell
    I forgot about the center channel setting. It is effectively disabled in my DPLII menu since I have the center channel turned off on the "master" menu. But yeah, it's pretty important to turn the center channel off if you're trying to replicate QS quadraphonic decoding.

    There is a synergy between the panorama and dimension settings. You'll want to experiment with combinations between the two.
    Indeed. Also, I just found a some diagrams that illustrate *some* aspects of
    Movie, Music (panormaa off), Music (Panorama on) and Center Width.

    http://www.dolby.com/resources/tech_library/index.cfm

    select DPL IIx from the menu and click on the various diagram links that come up.

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    I don't have a real DPLIIx decoder, but I think I could emulate it with PowerDVD which seems to be capable of.
    I've tried several settings and I think I had better results in Movie mode (panorama off)

    Of course my output setting is 4 speakers.

    I tried this with the NVidia audio codec too, and it works great with the same settings.
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    My problem seems to be that although my amp has all these options, I do not know how to access the settings for the "custom" mode.
    I have so many different modes, it gets confusing.
    There's
    Music
    Movie
    Matrix
    Emulated
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    Virtual
    (I'm assuming that the "custom" option can be set up manually, of course)
    Oh well, whatever - nevermind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil wilkes
    My problem seems to be that although my amp has all these options, I do not know how to access the settings for the "custom" mode.
    I have so many different modes, it gets confusing.
    There's
    Music
    Movie
    Matrix
    Emulated
    Custom
    Virtual
    (I'm assuming that the "custom" option can be set up manually, of course)

    'Emulated' is probably old Pro Logic. Never heard of 'Virtual' or 'Custom' or 'Matrix' (though Doplby has added 'Game' to its DPLII family of modes) . 'Music' is usually the one that allows user-adjustment. What amp is this? The CA Azur 540R? (/me checks the user's manual online). Wow, that's shockingly unhelpful.

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    Yep - the unit is correct, and the manual isn't much use, is it!
    I've asked the company, but they tell me that the DSP is all preset at the factory where they make the chips, and they have asked how to access all the parameters - the "Custom" option, surely, should allow setting of the panorama & Centre width at the very least.
    Music & Movie should allow adjustment, but may be preprogrammed to the Dolby Defaults as they are in my nice, new DPL II VST plugin from SurCode.
    Oh well, whatever - nevermind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquadad
    I am amazed on a daily basis at what a QB restored QRX can do with a stereo record, but one title that stands head and shoulders above all the rest is "Sunburst Finish" by Be-Bop Deluxe from 1976 on the Harvest label (ring a bell?). The album # is: ST-11478. I cannot recommend this title enough. In fact it's titles like this that get me wondering if there isn't a market for surround conversions of old stereo titles. I don't do conversions myself, but if I did this title would be the first one I would give a go at.
    Just curious. I played this thru a QB QSD 1000 and found it to be subtly discrete at moments. Was it as discrete as Piper at The Gates of Dawn, or King Crimson's The Power to Believe? They matrix like a S&IC thru the 1000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ress4278
    Just curious. I played this thru a QB QSD 1000 and found it to be subtly discrete at moments. Was it as discrete as Piper at The Gates of Dawn, or King Crimson's The Power to Believe? They matrix like a S&IC thru the 1000.
    Hello,

    I am not familiar with the titles that you mentioned but I will say this, "I just listened to this album again and there is nothing subtle about the discretenss." I especially love all the panning that goes on in various denominations i.e. 360, 270, 180 degrees and the diagonals. Then there are the point and counterpoint duels, from front to rear, between the guitars in front and piano in the rear.

    My results are probably different than yours because I pre-process the stereo signal with a SRS encoder called a NuReality VHT-200, which the variomatrix loves to feed off of. It also gives me the ability to turn up the rear channels without turning down the front for a more powerfull balance.

    Read more about it here: http://www.quadraphonicquad.com/foru...ight=nureality ,and here: http://www.quadraphonicquad.com/foru...?t=5477&page=2

    The next time I go to QB's I'll bring this album along and try it out on the QSD and the S&IC. He also has the advantage of huge Klipsch speakers (La Scala's) and the 9001. Not to mention living where he can turn it up as loud as you please. I only use a 7001 and a much humbler speaker setup. The NuReality also creates a nice phat sound so I don't have to keep going for a fix at QB's to keep my habit satisfied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquadad
    Hello,

    I am not familiar with the titles that you mentioned but I will say this, "I just listened to this album again and there is nothing subtle about the discretenss." I especially love all the panning that goes on in various denominations i.e. 360, 270, 180 degrees and the diagonals. Then there are the point and counterpoint duels, from front to rear, between the guitars in front and piano in the rear.

    My results are probably different than yours because I pre-process the stereo signal with a SRS encoder called a NuReality VHT-200, which the variomatrix loves to feed off of. It also gives me the ability to turn up the rear channels without turning down the front for a more powerfull balance.

    Read more about it here: http://www.quadraphonicquad.com/foru...ight=nureality ,and here: http://www.quadraphonicquad.com/foru...?t=5477&page=2

    The next time I go to QB's I'll bring this album along and try it out on the QSD and the S&IC. He also has the advantage of huge Klipsch speakers (La Scala's) and the 9001. Not to mention living where he can turn it up as loud as you please. I only use a 7001 and a much humbler speaker setup. The NuReality also creates a nice phat sound so I don't have to keep going for a fix at QB's to keep my habit satisfied.
    Aquadad, let me know what you hear. I've been to Bob's place so I'm familiar with the setup. He's working on my S&IC at the moment. I played the vinyl again, and had the same experience. It may the VHT 200 like you say.

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