Count me as another quadra-phile and have been one for lo these past 40+ years!
Most of my quad hardware is SANSUI -- all of it still functional, all of it still eminently capable of pleasingly 'de-coding' out-of-phase/ambient 2-channel recording content -- but now 'n' then I'll fire up a KENWOOD quad amp or an Electro-Voice decoder just for comparison purposes.
When the 'Audio Fidelity' label began releasing the original 4.0 quad mixes on SACD I was ecstatic!
Among the many they released that way, which I own, the standing favorites are:
Loggins & Messina "Full Sail"
Guess Who "The Best of the Guess Who"
Bread "The Best of Bread"
Various Artists [Dylan, Santana, Nilsson et al] "The Collection"
Originally Posted by impetigo
Nice, I got this one a few months ago and really like it. I'm pretty fond of most quad mixes
, which I find to be more consistent (and consistently good) than modern 5.1 mixes, and this one is the same. I need to listen to it again soon.
Agreed: 5.1 mixes are often compelling listening BUT...
Those who experienced (and remember) the DISCRETE quad original releases, on tape or CD-4, often find 5.1 somehow...lacking.
Hard to explain, really, but case-in-point:
After spending a minor fortune acquiring the complete Moody Blues SACD catalog, re-mastered in 5.1, I found more than a few cuts that disappointed me.
Not that they were in any way 'bad' just nowhere near as DRAMATIC as remembered.
(Yeah, that even included from the relatively lo-fi 8-track quad tapes.)
And on the vinyl/optical DISC fronts...
My SACD 5.1 Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon" *IS* marvelous.
But the virgin vinyl SQ-encoded British pressing I owned was far more dramatic.
As was the price it commanded when I finally parted with it.