Good Records Decides Records (and CDs... and DVDs) Aren't So Good
Manager Chris Penn said the change is the result of the soaring number of audiophiles and collectors in the area who are seeking a local source of music and movies on discontinued formats.
“In the last couple of years, more and more people started asking if we have certain albums on Quad 8,” he said. “I thought it was just a fluke at first, but then I come to find out that there’s this real resurgence of interest in quadraphonic recordings.”
Penn said the store will liquidate its existing inventory of CDs and records, but may continue to offer both on its Web site.
“Unfortunately, Quad 8s are so bulky that we couldn’t find a way for them to share space with the CDs,” he said. “That would have meant having a weaker selection of each format, which we didn’t want to do. The only way we could offer the kind of selection we wanted, and that our customers demand, was to clear out the CDs.”
Jimmie Stanton, president of local hi-fi club AudioPhreaks of DFW, agreed interest in the format has grown exponentially among local audiophiles. He and other AudioPhreaks were among the customers clamoring for the cassettes.
“Nothing compares to the sound quality of Quad 8,” he said. “The difference between quad and even a really high quality stereo is like the difference between a back row seat at a symphony performance and standing on the edge of the orchestra pit. It’s so intense that you just can’t go back to your old system after hearing it.”
It’s probably worth noting that his sound system, the result of years of tweaks and upgrades, is worth more than $75,000. Audiophiles tend to have plenty of discretionary income.
Good Records will probably also offer other discontinued formats, such as Elcaset, Digital Compact Cassettes and LaserDisc, Penn said. He noted that LaserDisc sleeves are the same size as vinyl albums, and said the store may try stocking them.
“Probably at least once a week, someone asks if we have The Wall or The Last Waltz on LD,” Penn said. “We figured we ought to at least give it a try. Their audio is great because they can do analog sound, and they really do look smoother and more film-like than DVDs.”
Though Good Records Recordings will continue to release music on CDs, Penn said Good is looking into finding a manufacturer to offer Quad 8 versions of its releases.
“Can you imagine The Fragile Army in quadraphonic sound?” he asked.
Come tomorrow, brick-and-mortar Good Records shoppers will have no choice. -- Jesse Hughey