- Apr 27, 2006
- Pembroke Pines, FL
Ovation, Project 3, and Golden Crest were the first backers of EV-4. Ovation eventually went to QS, as did Project 3. That label also released some titles in all three major formats (QS, SQ, CD-4). Golden Crest went to SQ. EV tried to modify their decoders to be closer to SQ, but it didn't decode anything accurately. CBS licensed out SQ, charging a royalty fee, which included use of the logo. The EMI group used a different logo for SQ; no idea why. Sansui was happy to have record companies use their system, and didn't charge a royalty fee to do so. They did, however, charge to put the QS symbol on the recording. Very strange! ABC wasn't alone in this; in the UK, Pye's 4D series albums clearly stated, on the back cover, that they used the Sansui QS system. They did not use the QS logo, so I don't know for certain if they paid the royalty.Actually, EV-4 was around for almost a year before any of the other systems (except Dynaco diamond) were used for released material. Many of the early EV-4 records just said "Quadraphonic" with no other reference to matrix type. They assumed that EV-4 would be the standard.