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I think the Q sound only applies to the CD. It's a function of the mastering process, not the recording process. It would be interesting to have both in order to compare them. Note Saturn94's comment, that the version streaming on Qobuz doesn't have the same sonic characteristics as the CD.
The album description on Qobuz clarifies the situation:You can also buy devices that add reverb to everything to get a similarly fake audio spectacle.Real soundstage is a matter of excellent stereo recording, mixing, and mastering.
Listening to my CD, QSound mixed release of Immaculate Collection and the streaming version on Qobuz, it appears the version on Qobuz is not the QSound mix. This makes me think the other QSound mixes listed on the Wiki may not be the same mixes on Qobuz (anyone here know?). ☹️
I've heard QSound on well recorded and not so well recorded albums/songs. On the not so well recorded, it's entertaining. On the well recorded, I could listen all day. Love the effect, I don't care that it isn't "the absolute sound".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QSoundhttps://www.qsound.com/https://www.psaudio.com/pauls-posts/qsound/Seems the hi-fi audio product for us are the QXpander.QXpander®:QSound’s proprietary 3D spatial processing literally adds new dimension to music playback, expanding the sound stage beyond the physical limitations of speaker locations, and expanding the acoustic image outside the listener’s head when listening with headphones.
But I wondered if that were true after learning that QSound is reliant upon electronic manipulation.
…That speaks to a question that was raised in my mind by the QSound information. I stated, earlier, that the Madonna CD was a good source to demonstrate your stereo system’s capacity to project a vivid soundstage. But I wondered if that were true after learning that QSound is reliant upon electronic manipulation. The guy quoted above says he has heard systems that don’t present an adequate soundstage even with QSound material. Interesting.
I just came across this in an old post on AVS;“… But I've recently found that Dolby PLIIx Music does a fantastic***, stand-up job of decoding QSound, sending the requisite sounds to exactly the same places that I hear them on a good and simple stereo system. This opens up existing QSound recordings to be listened to by the masses, with random listener placement, just like Quad was supposed to do...”https://www.avsforum.com/threads/qsound-list-of-material.1988490/Interesting. I’ll have to give it a try.
I have Shawn Colvin's A Few Small Repairs on both vinyl and CD. I noticed that this is another album that was mixed in QSound. But when I compared the vinyl to the CD, it was immediately apparent that the remastered vinyl isn't in QSound. The QSound version is a much more pleasurable listen. It doesn't present the extreme soundstage of Madonna's Immaculate Collection -- no sounds coming from directly beside the listener. Nonetheless the soundstage is impressively wide, extending beyond both speakers. The sound is coherent, dynamic and engaging. One of the best-sounding CDs in my collection. I generally prefer vinyl but this case is a clear exception. The LP presents a much narrower soundstage, and it is a much less engaging listen.I know the thread is getting a little stale but I thought it was worth adding an instance where I was able to make a direct comparison.
I didn't realize the Shawn Colvin CD was Q-Sound (pretty sure I have it and a bunch of others - I buy too much music, mostly downloads in recent years unless I like the music and there's no choice). Here's a bigger list:http://www.qsound.com/spotlight/users/recording-artists.htmI probably have 8 or 9 things on the list
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