Right you are. I had the Q8 for a long time and of course every song is a classic. It lived in my Datsun with its Craig four channel tape deck until it dissolved. A few years later, a friend who was not into quad came in my college dorm room with the German SQ and asked if I wan ted it. Hell yes!! About a year later I spend all my tuition on my Audionics S & IC and this one is one that has always decoded really well. BUT. Its a very different mix than that USA Q8 form high school. And I agree the German SQ is way better.No: it is a different mix and - sorry for Our Kwad Lady - but imho this is the best surround mix of the three (UK sq/q8/sacd OR USA dvd-a/Jap SACD).