Midi, I find it odd that you find something sacred about regular CD's. With much higher resolution sound formats it's time to move on IMHO!No CD, no sale! And I mean a standard CD.
I am sick of multiple products and formats. I want a standard format. I do not want special equipment to play the very few new releases.
I will buy only CDs and LPs.
Of course, with that CD or LP, I am limited to matrix. But again, I do not want a hodgepodge of multiple formats.
I want QS or DS (which are essentially the same encoding). NO CD-4.
And for reissues, I want the quadraphonic or Dolby Surround version if it exists.
Myself as a bit of an equipment junkie I love multiple formats. Based on your comprehensive website, I would of thought that you too thrived on that. Regarding LP's, each quad format had it's strengths and weaknesses.
That being said I often think that QS Surround Mode would of been a great quad format. Every stereo recording would automatically be encoded, 270° . An actual quad encode would only require a bit of out of phase information to fill in across the back. Sansui should of pushed that idea more, they (and all manufacturers) gave the impression that decoded stereo was simply synthesized (faux or pseudo quad) which really it's not, but an expansion of the stereo sound field. Had that been done the lack of program material would of not killed off quad so quickly.