Involve Audio Surround Master

 

It is a great time to not be dead for the glass-half-empty folks and those with the glass-half-full outlook a wonderful time to be alive. Nifty audio goodies abound. I do not actively seek them; instead I wait to stumble upon them when others mention a device. I was watching a nifty Tab Patterson YouTube video where he mentions the product that led to this entry. Hunting down the particulars upon the wondrous wonderful Web, the ultimate oracle for the curious, I decided the device deserves mentioning here.

Involve Audio, Inc. has created a number of surround sound technologies that are capable of replacing every current form of surround sound technology currently on the market. This technology increases the user’s listening experience while decreasing the provider’s production and delivery costs.

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Deported Radio

Deported Radio

(Original link broken. Now linked to an info site whose link to Deported Radio is also broken. One of the mysteries of our era. Feel free to add update info in the comment section below)

Listen LIVE in insane HD 3D Surround Sound.

You must wear headphones or earphones to enjoy surround sound.

We enrich the sound reproduction quality of every song travelling through our servers with additional audio channels so you can enjoy neural sound from a 360° radius perspective.

Our technique enhances the perception of sound spatialization by exploiting sound localization. We enhance a listener’s ability to identify the location or origin of a detected sound in direction and distance. We achieve this by using multiple discrete audio channels routed to your headphones or earphones.

I do not have headphones so unable to give a review. Feel free to try the site and leave a review in the comment section below.

A commenter in one of the other posts mentioned the Deported Radio site. I am placing it here in case it is of interest to one or more of you folks.

Vintage Stereo Restorations

Vintage Stereo Restorations

Affordable Quality Restoration for your Sansui Classics

We have been restoring early Sansuis for over 4 years now.  We have developed a reputation for quality and amazing sound.  We know these early units inside and out.  We will honestly tell you what we think about restoring your unit, whether it’s worth it, and what you can expect when you get it back.  You can read many reports on our restorations on Audiokarma and Quadraphonic Quad.  We know what we are doing, and we don’t over charge for what we do.

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A new-found joy of the 8-track

8-Track Frame of Mind

I like the fact that I’m typing this blog while listening to a quadraphonic recording of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” on a cartridge that’s well over 30 years old and still works just fine. Most of all, I love the fact that while we both have a collection of several thousand songs that can fit on a thumb drive, I also have an 8-track player and you probably don’t. So there.

Follow the link and read the rest. Dontcha’ wish that you,too, has a groovy 8-track player? You do? Cool.

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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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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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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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