Wudtke Wit & Wisdom

On August 29th 2000 the Quad world lost one of its greatest members….. Steve Wudtke.

Often known as Hood Crow or TWA Corbies on many letters, e-mails, newsgroup and bulletin board discussions, Steve was a constant source of information. His humor enlightened what may otherwise have been a sterile technical subject.

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Wudtke Wit & Wisdom

2000/08/18 Re: SQ and Q4s

Reel to reel was considered a “niche”market, much like Laserdisc is today. The economy of the 70’s did much to destroy commercial reel duplication, Stereotape, the last major duplicator, folding in 1978, carried aloft briefly by “The Reel Society”, then folding for good. Only a few minor label classical duplicators remained after that, most of them folding in the 80’s, esp after the advent of CD, when it was figured that the best reel duplication could not match the awesome digital disc. Columbia, the gem of the ocean, never released anything on reel to reel in Q4 that I know of. Q8 seemed to be a real pain in the butt to them, hence the cheesy Q8’s they used.They wanted to have one quad format, SQ, and that was that. Ive heard scuttlebutt that the Paramatrix

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Date: 2000/08/13

Thank whatever gods there be for Greg. So, lemme get this straight: after CD4 had been out a while the manufacturers started selling CD4 rated carts without CD4 styli! Oh, that’s a beaut! I also never knew that AT made the JVC carts. I have had an AT14 for years that I’ve never gotten to play properly (I just found another sans stylus in the ever popular thrift store) but I suspect a bad stylus. I’ve had weird breakup problems with Pickering and now I know why, stereohedron stylus. I’ve also never used the built-in brush with them, the tracking was always poor. I believe the earlier Pickerings did have an actual quad stylus, the 5000 doesn’t. Anyone have a take on the AT 12sa, which is also known as the Sansui SX40, marketed on their “4 channel turntable”? (FR3080, I think)

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Subject: Re: sansui QS500

Newsgroups: deja.comm.quadraphonic

Date: 2000/05/31

Hey Quadfather,

Only the QSD-1 utilized 3 separate Vario-Matrix decoders, they gave in to simplicity after that. Not even the coup-de-grace QSD1000 went over a single band after that. D1s were used to decode the first run of “Star Wars” and the even earlier “Tommy”. But a well tuned QSD-2 (and I include the QRX 6001,7001,8001and 9001 receivers here) can sure come close. As far as I know, the receiver series put the entire QSD2 into them, not cut down versions like some demodulators were. The main problem with the receiver units is that beside sucking off a common power supply (no great shakes to a Sansui really) you could NOT record the 4 channel DECODED output from them unless you went through the headphone jacks. Curious, because you COULD on the non Vario Matrix receivers (QR4500 and 6500).

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Subject: Re: QS and EV-4

Newsgroups: deja.comm.quadraphonic

Date: 1999/10/26

Hooded Crow to the rescue!!!

I know Obbop is big on the Sansui vario-matrix thing, and I’ve been on the lookout for an outboard QSX decoder, but from what I can tell, only the receivers had this capability. Was there ever an outboard QSX decoder manufactured? I have a Sansui QS-500 decoder. I’m guessing it is a QS decoder without vario matrix. Is it any good??

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