- Feb 15, 2015
- wpg, mb
The person listening to it cares. What if he does not have a quad system?
- A person listening to the recording over mono AM radio will not hear anything that is encoded at center back in either QS or SQ.
- A person with an FM car radio who is traveling may not get enough signal to activate the stereo demodulator. He is in the same boat the mono listener is in. He does not hear anything encoded to center back.
Here is something I noticed that some QQ members are confused on:
They seem to think that, because the QS speakers are LF RF LB RB and the DS speakers are L F R S, the recordings meant for each system are necessarily different.
The only thing that would make the recordings different for each system is if the mixing engineer wants to put a sound in a certain speaker.
Since I pan each part to where I want the sound image to be (not to where a speaker is), my RM mixes will play equally well on QS and DS (assuming no side imaging problems). Any DS sounds the same, no matter whether the basic DS, or PL-I or PL-II is used.
They will also play on EV-4, DQ, and DD (diamond) by moving the speakers or your chair.
Just how many encodes do you think actual target a strong signal in CB ?
And listening in mono ? Well come on now , it's mono ! Not at all audiophile quality is it ?
Matrix quad was designed for a good matrix quad system. Stereo was a secondary consideration for compatibility.
I think it rather unfortunate that mono listeners had far too much say over how any Quad Matrix recordings should sound .
Mostly Audiophiles that failed to grasp the potential of something new and exciting . I think it's a MAJOR injustice that they had so much pull on how a recording should sound in Quad , mostly ambience in the rears .
And a further injustice is that they denied for so long that quad SQ was a viable format by insisting Columbia Records (CBS) should release separate stereo and SQ albums , rather than going single inventory as most Record Store owners (Chains) ,kept calling for Yearly , and even Monthly !
That fact and a lack of recordings in quad were some of the biggest complaints Record Companies involved in quad releases heard over and over .
You can find this to be a regular occurrence , by reading through Billboard's August Quad Specials , published throughout the mid 70's .
No doubt these topics weren't exclusive to Billboard , as other Audio Magazine Publications from the 70's, pointed out these short comings as well.
And MONO ! Really ?
Given the actual number of quad matrix encoded recordings that got played over AM radio , one should think this Center Back placement in a quad encode, is a non issue. Most especially for people like myself that found quad matrix and discrete recordings the new reality for all future recordings .
I think far too many Mono and Stereo Audiophiles were stuck in the past when it came to 1970's quad recordings . One of the many reasons that put nails or spikes in the "Quad coffin".
It's too bad they had far too much influence on the future of Quadraphonics , which by the way seemed to get too much in the manner of negative reviews .....even from it's onset.
With very few exceptions , imho.