Quad failed in the 70s. Might it work now?main
Pentatone, the boutique Dutch label, think we might be able to hear on multi-channel Super Audio CD all the directional stuff that got lost in the grey old world of four speakers and a cat.
They’ve reissued some prime DGs of those distant days. Press release below.
The seeds were already planted in the early 1970s, when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved with quadraphonic tapes. But it was not meant to be – back then –, as imperfections in the playback equipment of the day made it impossible for musical connoisseurs to enjoy these recordings in the way artists, producers, engineers and others who had created them intended – the new recording technology was clearly way ahead of its time.
Now – more than a quarter of a century later – with the advent of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system that makes it possible to release these magnificent recordings in the quality they already deserved back then. There is finally a system that enables these magnificent flowers to come into full bloom!
In re-recording and re-mastering these multi-channel tapes – most of which had not left their boxes for 30 years – it was possible to involve the original recording engineers, as well as to use the original testing and tuning tapes, in order precisely to tune the analogue reproduction machines used. And the analogue machines were directly connected to state-of-the-art DSD analogue-to-digital converters, without the intervention of any mixing consoles and/or other special equipment which could have influenced the sound.