New Stuff to Look At

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.

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Peeking at the Past

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

 

Have fun!!!!!!!!!

Links

Search engines mostly eliminate the need for a link page but for the convenience of those visiting I offer a few nifty quad-related sites. A huge THANKS to all whose efforts created these sites:

QuadraphonicQuad   Finest quad-related message board in the galaxy

Tab’s Quad Site     Groovy graphics; a must-see

From Quadraphonic To Good Enough Sound

Quadraphonic.info

Quadraphonic Discography

A Horde of Manuals for you to Download  Grab them before they disappear. A Huge thanks to those who made these available

Lots of great information here  look through the several pages. A Must See site

Vintage Stereo Restorations

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January 24, 2018

Stuff I Like From Bygone Days

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.

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Hello to Visitors

Welcome!!!!  Glad you found the place.  Quad is groovy. This is the “sticky” page that should always appear first.

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 appear at the end of the index as they do with this blog format.

*****UPDATE*****

January 24, 2018. A new addition to this blog. folks. Look at the top of the page at the header under the title banner and you see “Quad Videos.” Clicking the link opens that page. It is easy to return to this main part of the site; it is but one click away. You fine folks can figure out the details yourself. Once at the new page poke around… I will be adding more video content as I find it. Have fun!!!

51banana2

Involve Audio Surround Master

Deported Radio

Vintage Stereo Restorations

A new-found joy of the 8-track

Links

Peeking at the Past

Stuff I Like From Bygone Days

Q Surround

Update

Quad’s Early Days

SQ

QS aka RM

CD-4

More CD-4

Assorted Stuff

Software

Rare Stuff

Quad 8-track tape Q8s

Stuff and Stuff

Various Stuff

Cai Campbell

Tom Fornof Handy Info

QuadCasting

Several Pages of Quad Bob

Quad Bob

Quad Bob

Quad Jukeboxes

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:

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Q Surround

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.

Thanks!!!!

Update

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.

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