800 Club - QQ All-Star
- Jul 5, 2010
All of them were playing in audio store showrooms. They were probably playing the same record day after day.There were obviously shortcomings in the setups.
Most of these were in malls. And most of the faults I heard were due to contamination in the grooves (e.g. loud bangs).
I was present when one CD-4 record was ruined. A woman used a powder puff while looking in a mirror next to the turntable.
Is a clean room needed to have CD-4? Where I lived at the time, a clean room was an impossibility.
I have never actually known anyone who actually had a CD-4 setup (except my abortive one). All of my friends who had quadraphonic systems had matrix systems.
I live in a college town and most of the people here are students. Students didn't have the money for CD-4 equipment, especially during the oil embargo and recession in the early and mid '70s.
I saw basically the following equipment in homes and apartments:
- Many compacts with built-in Dynaquad or similar clone
- Several 4-channel reel systems. Most were being used for studios.
- Q8 players (a few in cars)
- Compacts with matrix decoders (many with both RM and SQ)
- Compacts with Q8 and matrix.