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Any Record/CD Stores With A Quadraphonic/Surround System In Use?

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HomerJAU

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I took my media player into one the the biggest specialist HiFi retailers here a few years ago to test MCH on the new (at the time) Denon flagship AVR (X7200WA) and went into one of about 6 demo rooms they had, one with an array of many speakers for home theatre systems with various AVRs etc.

When I played a few samples (every type of surround mix and sample rates I had etc) the sales guy went crazy (he was in his forties). It blew his mind, ’There‘s music in surround!’. He called in every sales guy in the joint to listen. Only one older guy said ‘Yea, it’s like the old quad system, you know about quad?’. They all looked at him like stunned mullets.
 

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I took my media player into one the the biggest specialist HiFi retailers here a few years ago to test MCH on the new (at the time) Denon flagship AVR (X7200WA) and went into one of about 6 demo rooms they had, one with an array of many speakers for home theatre systems with various AVRs etc.

When I played a few samples (every type of surround mix and sample rates I had etc) the sales guy went crazy (he was in his forties). It blew his mind, ’There‘s music in surround!’. He called in every sales guy in the joint to listen. Only one older guy said ‘Yea, it’s like the old quad system, you know about quad?’. They all looked at him like stunned mullets.
This is one of the best things I've read in quite a while! It's like we're all in on a secret that we wish weren't a secret.
 

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So, what you are asking is, of those record stores that hadn’t already gone bust, how many survived

1. the decline in sales of physical media

2. the recession

3. the move on line

4. Covid -19

and yet have surround sound demo facilities that I don’t recall any such stores having even at the height of quad mania?

I think the answer lies asymptotic to zero!
 

marpow

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This is one of the best things I've read in quite a while! It's like we're all in on a secret that we wish weren't a secret.
That is so true. How is it that we all know here so much about surround music and outside of this forum in my experience nobody knows nothing.
Just a few weeks ago I was emailing back and forth with REL sub tech and mentioned my primary concern was listening to MCH music more than movies.
He literally was shocked to find out there was such a thing as surround only music.
 

J. PUPSTER

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I recall a local store opened up near me a few years back that sold used CDs, DVDs/BDs, LPs, and even VHS, they didn't even last a year!
It's all about online streaming now for younger folks and those clueless. Plus the fact, IMO, the younger couple of generations tend to not want to buy expensive equipment, an anti-materialistic life style.
And remember how Tower used to at least have listening stations (Headphones) set up to sample some music?
What if a store tried Surround with physical media only in a cool demonstration room and advertised locally but very intelligently; would it even make an impact? It would have to be a super hip place I'd imagine just to get attention.
 

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There was a store in Petaluma, California called The Music Coop that used a Sansui quad receiver for their in-store play. But I don't think I've been there since 1997, I can't remember how many speakers they had hooked up and they apparently have moved to Ashland, Oregon.
 

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So, what you are asking is, of those record stores that hadn’t already gone bust, how many survived

1. the decline in sales of physical media

2. the recession

3. the move on line

4. Covid -19

and yet have surround sound demo facilities that I don’t recall any such stores having even at the height of quad mania?

I think the answer lies asymptotic to zero!
I know about these things, I own a record/CD store, with about 50,000 LPs (700 quad LPs) and a quad system. Been in business since 1993. I want to know if there are any others.
 

Ranasakawa

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I took my media player into one the the biggest specialist HiFi retailers here a few years ago to test MCH on the new (at the time) Denon flagship AVR (X7200WA) and went into one of about 6 demo rooms they had, one with an array of many speakers for home theatre systems with various AVRs etc.

When I played a few samples (every type of surround mix and sample rates I had etc) the sales guy went crazy (he was in his forties). It blew his mind, ’There‘s music in surround!’. He called in every sales guy in the joint to listen. Only one older guy said ‘Yea, it’s like the old quad system, you know about quad?’. They all looked at him like stunned mullets.
He he
I had exactly the same reaction when I took my DVD Audio up mixes of Electric Ladyland to Carlton Audio several years ago. The sales team went nuts
 

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I know about these things, I own a record/CD store, with about 50,000 LPs (700 quad LPs) and a quad system. Been in business since 1993. I want to know if there are any others.
So Eric I've been in the store many times and know what your music is played on there do you ever have anyone ask you what the equipment is or want you to explain quad to them. ?
 

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I know about these things, I own a record/CD store, with about 50,000 LPs (700 quad LPs) and a quad system. Been in business since 1993. I want to know if there are any others.
WOW Indeed!
Does your store have a website? I'd love to peruse those 700 Quad LP's and other titles as well.
 

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WOW Indeed!
Does your store have a website? I'd love to peruse those 700 Quad LP's and other titles as well.
We don't have any of our inventory listed online, we want to be like stores used to be, with the good stuff actually in the store. Nonetheless, our web page is www.xro.com. We really don't do much with it
 

cbmmm3

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I would walk in to Believe In Music ( Michigan ) in the late 70's early 80s. Their flagship store Had to be running Panasonic quad or something similar. It made the magical experience of going to a record store even more magical. They folded in 2000ish...fucking Napster............I so miss them !!
 
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