The system was heavily promoted by RadioShack stores in the United States, and some record companies released LP albums encoded in this format. It was the first commercial quadraphonic sound system for LP records.
EV used different sets of coefficients for encoding and decoding. Most other systems have decode coefficients that mirror the encode coefficients. Therefore the EV Stereo-4 matrix was something in between a 2-2-4 derived system and a 4-2-4 matrix system. EV decoders were sometimes used to produce pseudo 4-channel effects from 2-channel stereo recordings.
The original EV system was compatible with the Dynaquad DY system, and is related to Sansui's QS Regular Matrix system. The EV and QS records are very close to each other—it would take an expert to tell them apart by ear.
In 1973 Electro-Voice signed an agreement with Columbia/CBS Records to build a new universal decoder that could decode both SQ and EV records with good results. It could even decode QS records—again, with good results. EV later suggested the same coefficients for an encoder, but no records were ever produced with the so-called EV Version 2 System. EV more or less disappeared after the SQ Stereo Quadraphonic system was introduced by Columbia/CBS Records in the United States.
|Stereo-4 encoding matrix||Left Front||Right Front||Left Back||Right Back|
|Stereo-4 decoding matrix||Left Front||Right Front||Left Back||Right Back|
- Hollins and Starr: Sidewalks Talking 1970 (Ovation)
- Realistic: Stereo-4 Encoded Sound Effects & Demonstration Tape (Realistic)
- Morris Knight: Three Quintets for Brass; Toccata for Brass Quintet & Tape (New York Brass Quintet)
- David Burge: Serenade for Musical Saw & Orchestra. Bill Perkins: Textures for Musical Saw & Percussion. Jim Turner: Well Tempered Saw (Turner)
- Beaver & Krause: All Good Men (Warner Bros)
- Beaver & Krause: Gandharva (Warner Bros)
- Hollins and Starr: Sidewalks Talking (Fallout)
- Bob Crewe Generation: Let Me Touch You (Crewe)
- Keith Droste: Big Band Moog (Realistic)
- Bhen Lanzaroni: Quadraphonic (McConnell Records)
- Arthur Lyman: Puka Shells (GNP Cresendo)
- Mary Travers: Mary (Warner Brothers)
- Various Artists - Ovation Records "Introducing 4 Channel EV STEREO-4" SAMPLER 1971 album number OD/1
- Billboard 12 Dec 1970, p. 8, at Google Books
- Surround Sound History
- Feldman, Leonard (1973). Four Channel Sound (1 ed.). Indianapolis Indiana: Howard W Sam's. pp. 44–47, 70.
- Feldman, Leonard (1973). Four Channel Sound (1 ed.). Indianapolis Indiana: Howard W Sam's. pp. 73–77.
- Feldman, Leonard (1973). Four Channel Sound (1 ed.). Indianapolis Indiana: Howard W Sam's. pp. 44–49.
- Quadraphonic Systems
- Scheiber, Peter (April 1971). "Four Channels and Compatibility". Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. AES. 19 (4): 267–279.