Yeah, I do have Audessey running... I'm sorry for the additional static in this thread, I'm going through it with a fine tooth comb now to see if I can find a good suggestion that'll work for me. I do indeed have Audyssey running, I should mess with taking that off and see what happens. Clearly something is up, because the vocals are just SO far back I couldn't imagine this being intentional.Several of the more knowledgable members here have suggested that the mastering engineer may have intentionally reduced some of the midrange information on the quad mixes as a way of emphasizing the high-end and low-end content. If you read through the poll threads, there's a pretty diverse set of opinions on how balanced both sets sound--some people say they sound fine with clear vocals, others are experiencing buried vocals and overloud rears, etc. I thought the vocals did tend to get lost on the Chicago set, but they sound pretty well-balanced to me on the Doobies.
How far back in your room are you sitting? And are you running any kind of EQ profile on your AVR (Audyssey, etc)?