SURROUND MASTER Reality Technologies Australia
The SURROUND MASTER is a profound improvement to multi channel listening. It is a four channel QS decoder…soon to be a limited production SQ decoder…and it is a real 5.1 multi channel extractor! It produces information from any two channel recording that is superior to every modern algorithm I have heard, and I have been down just about every path to supposed surround perfection, which includes Neo X and every version of Dolby PL II, Fosgate, and Logic 7 incarnation.
I will note that you must have independent volume control over all channels because there are no controls on the unit.
This is the closest I have ever come to a virtually discreet ( I love that phrase) presentation from most two channel sources.. it decodes QS as it was meant to be decoded, and it also extracts, in its 5.1 mode, the best center channel I have ever heard extracted by such a device…vocals sound sensational! Many, if not most 5.1 recordings do not have an isolated center vocalist...frequently the vocalist is recorded in typical stereo phantom production, and it is inferior to the real thing. If you ever have the privilege of hearing the Nat King Cole album LOVE IS THE THING with a real center channel that rivals the main system, you will understand my point.
There are two other aspects that amaze me. It produces phantom side channels that my Sansui QSD-1 cannot produce. I use side channel speakers through a Lexicon CP3+ unit…I love it....I own a MC 1… it in the garage .. I had a MC 12 for a month which I returned..
The SURROUND MASTER produces side channels in an uncanny way. There are times when I feel my side channels are engaged and they are not! I have tried to reproduce this with my other processors and I can’t. It also maintains a very stable front image ……..I have never owned a unit where I could turn up the rear volume in the rear channels and not totally obliterate the sound image….not true with the SURROUND MASTER. I have spent a fortune during my almost 66 years: this unit is one of a kind. It is a remarkable accomplishment!