quadraphonic

[kwod-ruh-fon-ik]
adjective
of, noting, or pertaining to the recording and reproduction of sound over four separate transmission or direct reproduction channels instead of the customary two of the stereo system: a quadraphonic recording.
Also, four-channel, quadriphonic, quadrasonic [kwod-ruh-son-ik] .


Origin:
1965–70; quadra-, variant of quadri- + -phonic, as in stereophonic

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quadraphonics or quadrophonics (ˌkwɒdrəˈfɒnɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) a system of sound recording and reproduction that uses four independent loudspeakers to give directional sources of sound. The speakers are fed by four separate amplified signals
 
quadrophonics or quadrophonics
 
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quadra'phonic or quadrophonics
 
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quadro'phonic or quadrophonics
 
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quadraphony or quadrophonics
 
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quadrophony or quadrophonics
 
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quadraphonic
1969, irregular formation from quadri- "four" + phonic, from Gk. phone "sound, voice" (see fame). The goal was to reproduce front-to-back sound distribution in addition to side-to-side stereo.
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Example sentences
It begins with a chaotic soundscape of voices and percussion on quadraphonic tape.
First there was mono, then came stereo, and for awhile quadraphonic.
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