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Old 02-28-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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I had a nice Quad 8 track in my 69 Ford Galaxy. Thing was so honkin' big I couldn't mount it in my dash. First Quad 8 track I bought was Darkside Of The Moon. Always wondered why Quad never caught on.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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(snip) Always wondered why Quad never caught on.
Because it was an incredibly crap*y technology.

Guaranteed to eat tape surfaces because they rubbed across each other continuously. It simply destroyed the storage medium, and the audio quality due to the tape media available as well as the width of each track on the tape was poor.

While it identified a huge market segment willing to pay big bucks to have the convenience of playing their own albums at their convenience, it spurred designers to come up with better quality. Cassettes didn't take too long to appear which blew the 8-tracks away in every aspect of musicality and durability as a portable storage/playback medium.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Because it was an incredibly crap*y technology.

Guaranteed to eat tape surfaces because they rubbed across each other continuously. It simply destroyed the storage medium, and the audio quality due to the tape media available as well as the width of each track on the tape was poor.
Yeah, but it was fun while it lasted.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Quadraphonic sound and 8 track tapes are not the same thing.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Yeah, but it was fun while it lasted.
As was cassettes which replaced 8 tracks, and then CD's to replace the cassettes ... and now we've got storage/playback media that doesn't even have wear surfaces and are much smaller.

Each little gain in technology has it's attraction ... now my passengers can listen to the music they like while I enjoy what I want to listen to. Especially nice to have in the airplane, too ....
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I think the only Quad music I remember hearing was the Theme from SHAFT. Quad was more of a novelty.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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It's absolutely amazing how much info, music etc. the MP3, flashdrives etc. hold. There are trade offs, though, with the compressed music. After 30 years in heavy construction, I know my hearing isn't what it used to be but I swear I can hear a difference between a CD and a MP3 playback- even run through a so-so system. Between a CD and an unscratched LP? Not so much, but I don't have the ears I did at 20. I'm hoping that CDs and LPs stick around, but I wonder sometimes.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I think my ADCOM components are becoming vintage.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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HMM. ok, formats, 8tracks typicly suck balls, cassettes are worse (8tracks have a cool retro factor) i mostley listen to my music on reel-to-reel tapes i mix myself. i really dont think there is anything better then a good RTR recording when mixed properly. cds have there place in my system but not the best in my book. records can sound incredible!
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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now, formats well, i just like good old 2 channel stereo, the quad thing can be cool but its a pain in the ass to set up. dolby digital, thx, pro-logic, and dts should be left in the movies.
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