I have acquired a Quadrophonic box set of lp's and don't know if there are any pitfalls involved. I had been looking for some time for a recording of Weber's opera Euryanthe, so when I saw one earlier this week in vynil in the giftshop of the Vienna State Opera, I pounced! It was a 1975 recording so back in the hotel I opened it up to check out the surface quality. To my surprise not only was it brand new (I don't know why I expected otherwise) but also Quadrophonic.
My player, c 1978, is stereo, as is the cartridge. That might seem obvious.
Will I damage the discs by playing them with a stereo cartridge? I will fit a new stylus specially, but is there any other way to avoid damage?
Will playback through stereo sound inferior? I suspect the necessary equipment is slightly unavailable.
Should I perhaps get back on the plane and grovel for a refund of my 28 euros? Well any excuse will do.
Thanks for advice, anyone out there! I have been reading Gramophone regularly since early 1970, but can't possibly remember what the mag said at the time about quadrophonic or even quadrasonic!