quad·​ra·​phon·​ic | \ ˌkwä-drə-ˈfä-nik How to pronounce quadraphonic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly quadriphonic

Definition of quadraphonic

: of, relating to, or using four channels for the transmission, recording, or reproduction of sound

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Other Words from quadraphonic

quadraphonics or quadriphonics \ ˌkwä-​drə-​ˈfä-​niks How to pronounce quadriphonics (audio) \ noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Examples of quadraphonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Short solo cello fragments are recorded and played back through quadraphonic speakers. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Esa-Pekka Salonen's Cello Concerto soars on Cloud Nine," 9 Feb. 2018 Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s tours were complicated and expensive, often using quadraphonic sound: Ben Ratliff, New York Times, "Keith Emerson, ’70s Rock Showman With a Taste for Spectacle, Dies at 71," 11 Mar. 2016 At one point, with one percussionist bowing an autoharp and the other gently massaging a timpani, a sound projectionist was meant to refract the various spectra from one loudspeaker to the next, creating a quadraphonic effect. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Reviving the Ghostly Sounds of Maryanne Amacher," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of quadraphonic

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadraphonic

irregular from quadri- + -phonic (as in stereophonic)

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The first known use of quadraphonic was in 1969

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“Quadraphonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadraphonic. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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