Cyko'z Quad & Surround
updated about 10 hours ago
The story so far...
I scored an old quad copy of DSOTM from a friend and decided to give it a spin one day. Suddenly discovered my DTS surround system automatically detected and decoded the quadraphonic surround SQ signal, pushing it through my existing surround channel speaker setup. So I didn't have to lift a finger to get (an at least passable) quad system working to hear these surround mixes. Sue-weet!
It was mildly enticing. Not exactly a Maxell cassette tape commercial 'blow you back in your seat' moment but still, pretty cool. I actually heard things in the surround nook and crannies that simply do not exist in the stereo version of this beloved classic rock album that I'm sure (we all) have heard thousands of times before. It was a fun wake up, sparking a new fire lighting the way down a new path to hunt and discover.
This got me to digging through my collection to re-discover any more quad pressings I had tucked away over the years. Then I started picking up more, actively hunting specific titles, finding the odd one in a dollar bin somewhere. Collectors out there know the drill. I decided to leave some notes about my interpretations as I attempt to find and play em all before I blow up this surround rig. Also found out there are what appear to be legitimate sites documenting suckers. I've been staying away from them so the reviews don't taint my impression. So far so good.
Not to be considered a comprehensive review by any means, this is just an independent and personal listing of some of the cool things noticed during my listening experiences. I may try to impose a rating scale at some point but ratings are so subjective, meh.
Feel free to contact me you you'd like to compare notes on different pressings, mixes or whatever.
Especially if you have a bunch of Quads you'd like to dump on someone eager to accept them!
May contain spoilers!
Those of you looking to discover these releases on your own should not read any further.