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    Hello Folks,

    I've been a member of this forum for a number of years and I've always dabbled in the SQ, EV4 and QS formats with varying degrees of satisfaction. Recently I got my hands on a Marantz CD-400B and I was able to team it up with an Audio Technica 12SA Shibata cartridge and voila-discrete quad. I own a grand total of 3 CD-4 albums; Joni Mitchell-The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Seals & Crofts-Diamond Girl and a Harmon Kardon test LP. I just ordered Carly Simon, so that should be here in a day or two. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it all sounds and how simple the setup was, considering the horror stories I've read. All three albums track fine and the carrier beacon stays lit from beginning to end and separation is wonderful. I have a ton of SQ albums and 1 QS album-that being Carole King-Music. I've enjoyed my Lafayette SQW decoder for quite some time, so I'll continue to play my matrix albums. I decode the 1 QS album on the composer A setting and it sounds ok. I'm sure I could get more out of it with the right QS decoder but there doesn't seem to be enough QS material out there to chase one down and then figure out how to patch it in with all of the other separate units. Here's what I have all working together:

    1. My first acquisition from 27 years ago-a 1972 JVC VR5551 receiver with SEA equalizer.
    2. A 1972 Lafayette LA64 4 channel amp with built in half logic decoder (I actually have 2 of these but only use 1-I'll post another story about them at some point).
    3. A 1972 Lafayette RK84 4 channel 8 track player.
    4. A 1973 Lafayette SQ-W full logic decoder.
    5. A 1972 JVC SEA-10 outboard equalizer for the back channels.
    6. A 1973 Marantz CD400-B CD-4 demodulator.
    7. A 1972 Philips Hi-Fi Labs 312 turntable.
    8. A 2008 Polk Audio HD receiver.
    9. A 2001 Sony CDP-C215 CD changer.
    10. A 2007 Sony TCWE-475 dual cassette deck.
    11. A 2014 Rocketfish Bluetooth receiver.

    All of this is neatly concealed in a Bombay Company stereo cabinet, so nothing is seen when the doors are shut. I'll post a photograph of all of it soon. It is also fun that I've connected a Bluetooth receiver, which allows me to stream Internet and stored music through the system. I also have an audio out feeding an FM transmitter for whole house and back yard coverage.

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    Enjoy!
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    Where are you in Jersey? If you ever get to the Lancaster PA area on a weekend I can beef up your CD4 collection considerably for cheap. I'm sure I probably have 40 of them you can have for a song. PM me if you care to make arrangements. John S.

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    Well now I'm listening to the Carly Simon No Secrets album in CD-4. It sounds pretty good. There are baroque style strings in the rear channels of "The Right Thing to Do" I've never heard those before. For some reson I'm not able to upload pictures though.

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