- Mar 30, 2009
- London, England
Presumably because the track is no longer mediated through the limitations of the SQ encode and decode process. The mix was created with these limitations in mind. They probably "tested" the mix by encoding and decoding with two channel tape before pressing the vinyl. Remove the process and you hear the underlying and accurate mix that was used to achieve the final decoded effect.
My question would be this: was the same mix used for the 8 Track? The quad discography lists Ship Ahoy. Philidelphia International ZAQ-32408 (DQ8), and this was therefore a discrete quad mix. I do not have a transfer of the Q8. Knowing the tape would not be encoded and decoded, did they use the same mix as what came out on the SACD?
fwiw that bass still v.noticeably zig zags while the vocals pan 360 in the 4-ch's of the decoded SQ LP.
i can put up a brief clip or send one to anyone who is curious as to how the SQ compares to the Sony SACD which, while its never gonna rival the sound quality or separation of the SACD, is still, to me, pretty respectable.. the SQ makes a good fist of it imho and channel assignment the same on the decoded SQ output as the Sony SACD and that track on the AF V/A SACD.