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I have Madonna's Immaculate Collection among my CDs. It's not the sort of music I usually listen to but it has one outstanding reason to commend it: the literally unbelievable soundstage it casts. The opening track, Holiday, has percussion that is so far beyond the speakers that the sound appears to be coming from almost exactly beside me on the right. The same thing happens on the left later in the track, when the steel drum sound kicks in. I don't want to give the wrong impression -- the whole soundstage is full of sound: left to right, certainly between the speakers but also beyond them on both sides. I've never experienced anything like it with any other source (digital or analog). That's why I say it's literally unbelievable: I don't understand why it's just this one CD that casts such an extraordinary soundstage. And I've listened in two very different rooms, so it isn't a peculiarity of the room characteristics.Presumably others would find the same thing, which makes it a good CD to test a system's soundstage capabilities.
Here's some info (including list of some albums - not sure if it is all) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QSound
“The songs that are included are frequently altered. Everything on the collection is remastered in Q-sound, which gives an exaggerated sense of stereo separation that often distorts the original intent of the recordings.”
Listen to Sting's 'The Soul Cages' - absolutely awesome too. Best,Anand.
Thanks for that link. I always wondered what other albums were recorded/mixed using QSound. I’ll have to try some of the other titles on Qobuz to see if they are using the same QSound mixes.
Yes, that's the one I have as well. Some sounds come from 90° left or right while not messing up the normal soundstage. Q sound never seemed to catch on though.
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