In the February 2013 Stereophile John Atkinson reviews the Qol Signal
Completion Stage which is added in series to the signal chain and is
said to give an audio experience with fullness and richness beyond
comparison and one which carries essentially all the dynamic, tonal
and spatial content of a real sonic event. ($3995).
After reviewing the patents and testing he concluded that it is basically
a shuffler circuit-- that is, it takes the difference of
the 2 channels, L R and processes it before adding back to the
original signal. Thus it can alter the stage width, and can do so selectively
at different frequencies. He liked what it did to every recording he
played through it, but the price seemed high for what it was.
[Phono cartridges are not symmetrical in their response to horizontal
(mono) and vertical (stereo) signals so they can add ambiencethe
Decca Mark IV cartridge, which I owned was an example of thisDBH]
It is now $2395.
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