This is EMI Quadraphonic Sound

16 Jun

This Is EMI Quadraphonic Sound DS495p frontLink

This was one of two (the other was classical) SQ demonstration LP’s EMI released to promote quadraphonic sound. As is the norm it contains tracks from the available catalogue of releases along with a track from an album that for some reason was released and discontinued almost immediately. That track is ‘How’d you like to spoon with me’ from the Original London Cast recording from ‘Showboat’  (see picture below).

This release contains two disc’s, the first is the normal decoded version with the the second containing a lossless stream of the original un-decoded stereo file used for decoding. This can be played on both standard DVD and DVD-A players so that comparisons can be made using any decoders you may have.

Release: DS495p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: 1 x DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD, 1 x DVD-A/V Lossless stereo


Q8 Showboat


12 Responses to “This is EMI Quadraphonic Sound”

  1. Owen Smith July 6, 2015 at 16:33 #

    Generally a good selection of light classical and easy listening as others have said. Some tracks are better than others as quad demo material, being more active. The first 15 seconds of track 1 stereo played through PL II Music on my home cinema amp is enough to show how bad it is at decoding SQ encoded material, hardly surprising given it’s not the correct matrix.

    I have to say, this contains possibly the most awful rendition of Concerto de Aranjuez I have ever heard. Seriously cheesy 1970s take on it. Give me a John Wiliiams rendition any day (see the SACD to DVDA site if you don’t have one in quad).

    • oxforddickie July 6, 2015 at 18:21 #

      Ah ha, the first mention of trying the stereo album through a decoder. Many thanks for that, if that doesn’t dispel talk of Dolby being the same as SQ then i don’t know what will 🙂

  2. Q! July 3, 2015 at 17:08 #

    It is a very good selection of easy listening and classical music, the two kinds of music makes here a very nice unit. In those days it was certainly impressive demonstration of quadraphonic technique, obviously this OD release is even much more enjoayeble.

  3. bigheadrascal June 19, 2015 at 03:15 #

    Certainly an excellent showcase for Phoenix and perfect fun to help unwind from a hectic workday.

  4. lupineassassin June 16, 2015 at 23:11 #

    Is anyone else having trouble downloading this?

    • oxforddickie June 16, 2015 at 23:30 #

      Some have already grabbed it as i’ve uploaded 8gb on this title so far. I don’t see your IP address, you using a proxy?

      • lupineassassin June 17, 2015 at 01:05 #

        No, I’m downloading it the way I usually do.

        • lupineassassin June 17, 2015 at 03:14 #

          Okay, finally downloaded it. Had to nudge it a few times. Thanks again. 🙂

  5. Owen Smith June 16, 2015 at 10:07 #

    My dad has a “This is Stereophonic Sound” demonstration LP from the 1950s. He had a mono LP system with Mullard valve pre and power amp, so he bought a stereo cartridge and a second pre and power amp and you had to change the volume on both pre amps at the same time. He’s still got them somewhere. Anyway the LP is a bit pointless, full of gimmicks like a steam train pulling into and out of a station or jet aircraft flying overhead, very little music as I recall. There’s also a section that checks if your left/right speakers are in or out of phase. I think they couldn’t make their mind up whether it was a demo LP or a setup LP, and it was so early in stereo there was very little music mixed for stereo that they could use.

    • oxforddickie June 16, 2015 at 10:26 #

      Yea, those early stereo demonstration albums were something you only played to ‘impress people’ back then. When i was first getting into quad my mother finally bought a Rigonda stereo-gram (made by the Russian government to get foreign currency into the country), an amazing piece of equipment – you got a lot for very little cash, massive (heavy) wood speakers. Sound wise it beat anything around at the time…

      But i digress, it came with a Russian stereo demo record with gimmicky effects like a train going from one speaker to the other. It couldn’t beat the plane going from the rears, over-head onto the fronts from an EMI demonstration Q8 i had. But, she was happy.

      There was some really nice classical music on it, from what i remember. Ah…. the memories.

      • sacdtodvda June 18, 2015 at 11:21 #

        Some of those Rigonda units are very cool looking.

  6. lupineassassin June 16, 2015 at 02:46 #

    Thanks! 🙂 Can’t wait to check this one out.

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