Definitions for quadraphonicˌkwɒd rəˈfɒn ɪk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
quad•ra•phon•icˌkwɒd rəˈfɒn ɪk(adj.)
of or pertaining to the recording, reproduction, or transmission of sound by means of four channels instead of two; four-channel.
Category: Hi-Fi and Audio
quadraphonic, quadriphonic, quadrasonic, quadrisonic(adj)
of or relating to quadraphony
"his quadraphonic sound system"
Employing four independent channels or speakers.
Origin: quadri- + phonic
Quadraphonic sound – similar to what is now called 4.0 surround sound – uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at the four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are independent of one another. Quadraphonic audio was the earliest consumer product in surround sound. It was a commercial failure due to many technical problems and format incompatibilities. Quadraphonic audio formats were more expensive to produce than standard two-channel stereo. Playback required additional speakers and specially designed decoders and amplifiers. Audio on vinyl records was problematic, because one of the systems was based on discrete sound channels, while two others were matrix encoded into two tracks that would also play back in standard, two-channel, stereo on normal audio equipment. The rise of home theatre products in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought multi-channel audio recording back into popularity, although in new digitally based formats. Thousands of quadraphonic recordings were made during the 1970s, and some of these recordings have been reissued in modern surround sound formats such as DTS, Dolby Digital, DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD.
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