Originally Posted by ferday
if it's SQ encoded quad, you can play it with a normal stereo stylus and use a multi-channel receiver (and dolby decoding) to play the LP in quad or more. of course you are 2-channel guy so maybe you don't have a multi-receiver!
if it's CD-4 encoded i have no idea how to play it, AFAIK you need the right stylus and it can't be decoded through dolby but i might be wrong
There was two different types of quad. I did hear quad in the 1970s. But now we have multichannel that is really the same thing. With DTS home theatre you can decode the 4 channel that is available. There is Dark Side Of the Moon in DVD audio, also there is Quad mix of Live At Pompeii that was taken from the quad version of the Pink Floyd movie which showed in special quad theaters in San Francisco and New York, years before movie surround sound.
Cosmic Jokers are the type of music that was really perfect for 4 channel. Also if you search there are two different multichannel mixes of Dark Side Of The Moon. DTS and an 4.1 mix by Alan Parsons. Pink Floyd didn't really like the mix but it was released on quad vinyl back in the day. The Alan Parsons mix is a little different from the stereo album. Also he mixed everything to the outside. The new DTS is mixed more into the middle.
I did not know that Dolby would decode some quad. There is actually one type of quad that you needed a quad needle to hear. It is all fun. Now though we have DTS which much of this old quad had been transferred to. At one time I had a 4 channel 1/4 inch reel to reel that allows you to record and play back quad. Most of this stuff is more of a hassle than it is worth in the end. Best to play the DTS files also so many live concerts are multichannel if your looking for multichannel metal music.
In the early 1970s they would play the quad version of Dark Side Of The Moon really loud in Planetariums with laser shows on the ceiling, all the seats were leaning back so you could look up at the show. I went to that once.Edited by Redcarmoose - 8/8/14 at 1:31pm