Chicago Transit Authority

23 Sep

Chicago Transit Authority DS228p front

Withdrawn due to pending reissue

A little something special for the Chicago fans out there


Reissue: (D) New source & decode

Release: DS228p

Source: 24/96k HD

Process: ‘Phoenix’



26 Responses to “Chicago Transit Authority”

  1. sacdtodvda May 15, 2016 at 06:56 #

    Although it’s academic since this has been withdrawn, but the decode is fantastically discrete. I love the way the wood blocks in I’m A Man are immediately to the left of me. If I turn my head to the rear speaker they actually disappear a little.

    It will be great to compare this to the Blu-ray release!

    • oxforddickie May 15, 2016 at 07:54 #

      I was pleased the way this came out, a most enjoyable mix. And i agree that it would be nice to have a comment or two with regards to a comparison with the up-coming blu-ray release.

  2. Glen S. Fleetwood October 11, 2015 at 05:35 #

    GREAT WORK. Absolutely discreet. And better bass than the Rhino DVD-V. I wish I had the tape of “expert” explaining on the radio how matrix cannot reveal discrete sound, back in 1989. Should be good for giggles. Anyway, you have proven them all wrong. Great work.

  3. bigheadrascal October 8, 2015 at 00:40 #

    Great album! Incredible channel separation. A terrific example of what Phoenix can do.

  4. Owen Smith October 4, 2015 at 14:44 #

    This is good stuff, and if Chicago had continued in this musical style I would have liked their later albums. There’s brass instruments yes, but there is also some great electric guitar work with what can only be described as a heavy metal solo.

    The quad mix is good but not excessive, and Phoenix has brought it all out nicely. There is plenty going on the rears and it’s clear there’s no trace of them in the fronts, the magic of Phoenix at work.

  5. jaypfunk September 27, 2015 at 14:01 #

    I checked this one out last nite. It sounds really great to me. While it is not as discreet as the Rhino QUAD release it does have the same instrument separation to my ears. I have not had the time to compare it to ODs original release yet. I’d like to hear others reviews/comparisons of this. To me this is their best album and never gets old after all these years.

  6. tarkus2013 September 23, 2015 at 16:40 #

    OD, am I doing this right? 

    • oxforddickie September 23, 2015 at 16:49 #

      Um, probably not. If your trying to request the new release you need to email me proof

  7. Owen Smith September 23, 2015 at 13:46 #

    So where did the 24/96 source come from? Is it a flat transfer of the master tape or has it been messed about with do we know?

    • oxforddickie September 23, 2015 at 14:23 #

      This is where i got it from and they give very little information:

      • prefabfan September 23, 2015 at 16:03 #

        How did you find out the HDTracks were sq encoded?

      • rockysquirrel September 23, 2015 at 16:43 #

        That would be a flat transfer of the original master tape, but it doesn’t mention it is SQ encoded. How did you know, OD?

        There is a lot more available in Hi-res. I have been getting albums mostly through Neil Young’s PonoMusic World.

        • oxforddickie September 23, 2015 at 16:50 #

          Certainly is odd that this sneaked out with no mention, but it’s nice to have it, all the same.

          • jaypfunk September 23, 2015 at 22:47 #

            So does this mean it’s the same as the Rhino quad release? I be confused.

            • oxforddickie September 23, 2015 at 22:54 #

              This is an SQ decode, so not the same as such, but it’s the same album/mix.

              • jaypfunk September 23, 2015 at 22:59 #

                So in your opinion do you think one sounds better than the other or just different? The Rhino quad is really amazing.

                • oxforddickie September 23, 2015 at 23:24 #

                  Don’t know, don’t have it. It’s probably best if you stick to the version you have.

                • sacdtodvda September 24, 2015 at 00:24 #

                  While the Rhino quad comes from a discrete source it was only released in DVD-Video (DTS and Dolby). While this is a decode of an SQ source it’s a detailed decode and it’s lossless.

                  The perception of which is better is going to come down to individual’s own preferences as filtered through their system and their ears, but I’m fairly certain already which would get my vote.

          • captainbeyond55 September 24, 2015 at 00:14 #

            It sure is nice to have a surprise like this. Very nice indeed Thank you. Now I have a question but I’m not sure how to phrase it to make sense. Any stereo source can be passed through a decoder such as a Sansui QS-1 or Tate or your own decode process. Most times some type of separation happens and flux quad is created from a non encoded source. How does one know this output from a unknown source is the real deal or just fake quad? How can you tell it was from an encoded source?

            • oxforddickie September 24, 2015 at 00:23 #

              Good question, and i wish i had an easy answer for you.

              A lot of it is gut feeling, it’s actually possible to hear the difference between SQ & QS when played in stereo, they both have their own ‘ear’-prints, so to speak.

              To confirm what i hear i do some rudimentary tests on a track or two looking for the encoded phase print of that particular system.

              Easy huh?

              • joeerand September 24, 2015 at 06:54 #

                OD has gotten so attuned to this format that his ears can actually decode quad!

              • Owen Smith September 24, 2015 at 09:12 #

                disclord used to say he could listen to SQ encoded material on headphones and hear the quad soundfield in his head.

                • oxforddickie September 24, 2015 at 15:10 #

                  Yes, he had exceptional hearing, sadly missed.

  8. zaphod2359 September 23, 2015 at 12:54 #

    Special indeed! After the wonderful redecode of VII I’m excited for this.

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