Archive | October, 2016

Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstacy

31 Oct

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New Source & Decode

Release: DS253ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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Barbra Streisand – Butterfly

29 Oct

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Allmusic

Release: DS595p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

A reply to a message on QQ

28 Oct

Now normally i refuse to have the going on in QQ mentioned here but i’ve been sent the details of a post there thatdoes so annoy me. As many will know, one of my gripes about QQ is the total lack of real knowledge about the subject that they profess to know about. One of the areas where they completely fail is in the area of the early pre- phas-shifting matrix systems DY & EV-4.

As i’m sure your all aware of, AOQ is running a ‘shoot-out’ on this very subject and i feel this new posting not only blurs his attempts.. Here’s what i’ve been sent:

“Are EV-4 and QS compatible with each other? Decide for yourself. EV-4 encoding uses a front blending coefficient of 0.2, slightly less than QS at 0.414. The back channels use a blend coefficient of 0.5 compared to QS at 0.414, slightly more. The decoded result will shift the fronts a bit toward the sides and the rears a bit closer together. Overall the decode should still be quite good.
The only other difference is that QS encoding phase shifts the rears by +90 degrees (left) and -90 degrees (right) to create a 180 degree (out of phase) difference. This phase difference is done directly with EV-4. This rear phase shift is reversed by the QS decoder. Ideally the rear phase shift should be switched out for EV-4 decoding and for stereo enhancement and switched in for QS. I believe that Sansui decoders leave the phase in shift both for simplicity and to increase the apparent separation of the rear decoded outputs for stereo enhancement (as they always referred to their units as “SYNTHESIZERS”).
I would think that one could tweak the separation pots in a QSD-1 or QSD-2 to perfectly decode EV-4. At some point I might try bypassing the phase shift in my unit to see if I hear a difference, positive or negative on none QS encoded material.
Forget about “correct” EV-4 decoding, those units were designed more stereo enhancement, basically an active version of the Dyna-Quad speaker connection. The asymmetrical decode was the best that could be done without using any form of logic.”

Now, if someone who has access to QQ and is willing to reply to this for me, i’d be grateful. My reply is:

‘100% Wrong!’

OD

 

Paul Anka – The Painter

18 Oct

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Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source and decode

Release: DS48ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Synthesonic Sounds – Ye Olde Moog

16 Oct

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Better known as Mr Womble, Mike Batt recorded two ‘synth’ albums for Pye under the name of Synthesonic Sounds. Unlike most ‘synth’ albums released in the early 70’s, this uses a small band and string ensemble backing synthesizer lead and effects.

This album is, in my view, very enjoyable and isn’t one of those you tire of listening too. I must say though it is a very ‘English’ sounding album, consisting mainly of old English tunes like, “English Country Garden”, “Scarborough Fair”, “Greensleeves” and “Danny Boy” mixed in with tunes of the period like “House Of The Rising Sun” and “Morning Has Broken”

This could have been a monumental disaster of an album were it not for Mike Batt, as he arranged, conducted and produced it.

Release: DS593ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Billy Paul – 360 Degrees Of

14 Oct

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Allmusic

Release: DS592p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

Lou Reizner & The London Symphony Orchestra – Tommy

12 Oct

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This is Lou Reizner’s star studded production of The Who’s opus “Tommy”. with performances from: Pete Townsend, Sandy Denny, Graham Bell, Steve Winwood, Maggie Bell, Richie Havens, Merry Clayton, Roger Daltry, John Entwistle, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Richard Harris and The London Symphony Orchestra

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source and decode

Release: DS45ch

Source: QS LP

Process: ‘Chimera’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Morton Subotnick – Sidewinder

11 Oct

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Although this album is a bit of a slow starter, and quieter, i found the quad area to be used to good effect with some nice use of dynamics. I think Sidewinder just has the edge on his previous album Touch  in my view.

Release: DS591p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Janis Ian – Between The Lines

9 Oct

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Another in the series of long overdue reissues.

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS31p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Phoebe Snow – Second Childhood

7 Oct

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Allmusic

Release: DS590p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

Aerosmith – Rocks

3 Oct

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A long-overdue reissue

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New source and decode

Release: DS21p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

 

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