Welcome!!!! Glad you found the place. Quad is groovy. This is the “sticky” page that should always appear first. This is the third niche in the Web this site has appeared at. Past locations disappeared for reasons beyond my control.
I will start with an index to the many separate blog entries that comprise the “whole” that makes up this one among many sites covering quad / quadraphonic / quadrasonic / 4-channel audio etc.
The index below follows the format the blog is based upon; the newest entries appear first and the oldest, the ones written first, appear at the end of the index. This format should not cause confusion.
Peeking at the Past
Stuff I Like From Bygone Days
Quad’s Early Days
QS aka RM
Quad 8-track tape Q8s
Stuff and Stuff
Tom Fornof Handy Info
Several Pages of Quad Bob
SRS Circle Surround
Several Posts with Steve Wudtke Info
Wudtke Wit & Wisdom
Wudtke Wit & Wisdom
Wudtke Wit & Wisdom
Wudtke Wit & Wisdom
Wudtke Wit & Wisdom
WordPress allows its blog users to view where blog visitors are visiting from.
This is done by the country of origin but no more than that.
Here are where some of our visitors originate:
Hong Kong (great meal at the China Fleet Club. Yum!!!)
Indonesia (patrolled the seas in the area to run off pirates)
Japan (Great times in the Ginza!!!)
Kenya (YAY!!! Kenya joined the crowd in March, 2014)
Korea (Chin Hae was a pretty place)
Mexico (of the several foreign countries I have been to Mexico is the only place I had to fight off attackers– 3 of them.)
Moldova (Hello to everybody in your part of the planet!!!)
Mongolia (Genghis Kahn, a mighty warrior of yore!!!)
Netherlands (some of my ancestors from there…Vikings!!)
New Zealand (where’s Old Zealand?)
Singapore (A very modern place with lots of intelligent and industrious folks)
Taiwan (Keelung, Taipei and environs were awesome!!!!)
Thailand (Pattya Beach was groovy!!! It “sticks” in my mind.)
United Arab Emirates
Viet Nam (up the Saigon River but turned around after the NVA took control of Saigon. A proud brave people and I hope our countries and people will be friends forever!!!)
Feel free to leave a comment, share some information or leave an opinion!!!
I am a resident of the USA with two military tours to several Asian countries bordering the Pacific Ocean with some bordering the South China Sea and some a little bit west of the Pacific Ocean and closer to the Indian Ocean.
I have a commitment to myself to offer my OPINION that the USA federal government does NOT truly represent the USA citizen population.
Hello. How is everybody doing out there on planet Earth? Hope that all is well for you and yours. Sure is a crazy world we live in but let’s hope that the good outweighs the bad.
In the meantime we can keep grooving on the wonders of quadraphonics. Music can be enjoyed with no need to dabble in what has become ancient technology but there is fun to be had from the searching for quad hard and software… finding a functioning quad receiver or decoder or a quad vinyl record in great condition for a dollar at the thrift store or whatever you mess around with.
If you are lucky you live in an area where the people of the past got into quad but over time sold their stuff where you can find it at a garage, yard or estate sale or maybe there is a used audio equipment retail store or wherever you find used still-working equipment.
Back around 1993 I was reminded about quad when I saw a “Masterworks” quad receiver in a thrift store with a $9.99 price tag. I plugged it in and used the two available speakers to test for output. All channels worked as did the radio. So… the unit followed me home and a different thrift store had two inexpensive speakers to meet the required four and the used record store led to a demonstration quad album with Black Magic Woman as one of the tunes.
Sure, it was a non-logic SQ decoder but if a placed my rotund head in the proper place the “swirl” as the lead guitar flowed around me head lead me onwards to bigger, better and harder-to-find and more expensive stuff.
Hello!!! A wonderful human… I assume it was a human… created an awesome Web site where folks can visit and scroll through old Radio Shack catalogs.
Pick the right years and you can look at some quadraphonic equipment and accessories that Radio Shack sold back in the quad days.
1939 to 2005 RADIO SHACK GENERAL CATALOG ARCHIVE
Search engines mostly eliminate the need for a link page but for the convenience of those visiting I will toss a few quad-related sites on this entry.
QuadraphonicQuad Finest quad-related message board in the galaxy
Dreaming Spires Quad Archive
Tab’s Quad Site Groovy graphics; a must-see
From Quadraphonic To Good Enough Sound
Quadraphonic Record Collecting
A Horde of Manuals for you to Download Grab them before they disappear. A Huge thanks to those who made these available
(all links working as of March, 2014)
There are some benefits to the continual march of technology.
I remember moving from one shanty to another and carrying those containers full of vinyl LP records and the heavy audio equipment.
That Sansui QRX-9001 felt as if it weighed around 200 pounds!!! The weight and the fear of dropping my beloved audio outputter was off-putting, as those whacky but beloved Brits say.
I sadly sold my once-perfect but became un-perfect 9001 receiver a few years ago and the owner’s manual went with it.
Searching the Web I found a reported weight of fifty pounds for the unit but my rapidly declining memory nudges me that its weight was in the 60 pound range.
I have no idea what the weight is in furlongs, stone or hogsheads.
Anyway, compared to the receiver/amps of today that weigh little in comparison I do not miss having to move the hardware or the software of long ago.
Even a decrepit Old Coot such as I can carry a bunch of music embedded in those fancy CD things.
And my current minimalistic stereo stuff (no quad left in my humble hovel) is very light and easily carried.
Even the speakers found at the thrift store for several hundred dollars less than what they cost new weigh only a few easily-carried pounds each.
There ARE many benefits to today’s modern audio stuff but I sure miss the appearance of the stuff I lusted for back in the 1970s.
“QSound is a global supplier of audio software technology for mobile devices, headphones, Bluetooth devices, televisions, stereo PC multimedia equipment and other consumer electronics. QSound’s proprietary audio algorithms truly deliver a fuller, more natural and immersive audio experience – users hear the difference!!“
Q-Sound home page—-> Here
“QSound 3D Positional Audio Demos “–> Here
There are other new and not-so-new devices, softwares, units with those circuits or programs and this and that an et cetera or two or more.
I encourage those in the know to leave a comment about those newer and really new ways and means to improve an audio field or sound or presence or whatever.
This blog is aimed at audio.
It doesn’t matter if the audio is meant to be video-related.
I would prefer if the audio devices mentioned allowed music from any source to be played; from FM radio to a receiver’s output with sources varying from 8-track or reel-to-reel or cassette decks.
Or from CD or DVD players or, if you are using vinyl– from turntables.
As with muscle car 1/4-mile racing; run whatcha’ brung.
Okay… share your opinion and/or knowledge.
This site exists to assist with hopefully enlightening the curious to the short-lived era of Quad, quadraphonic surround sound from a time before the immense expansion of home theater.
Quad was geared towards home audio, for music listening.
It was a different era as those of us around and aware way back then are well-aware of.
Generally, folks viewed music and audio equipment differently in those days.