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Goodwins High End
Contact Person: Alan Goodwin
Authorized Dealer Since: 1984
Goodwin's was founded in 1977 by Alan Goodwin at 33 Newbury St. in Boston. The showroom was set up to showcase the finest in high end audio by appointment. In 1978 a high end recording system was procured in order to have the ultimate reference possible: live master tapes. When you have the opportunity to go and hear a live acoustical event, then record it and play it back over the finest system possible, it is a tremendously powerful reference tool. With the reference of live music, judgments as to the accuracy and musicality of playback systems can be made far better.
Over the years the business grew and moved first to Harvard Square in Cambridge, subsequently to Brookline. In 1995 the current Goodwin's High End location was opened at 899 Main St. in Waltham. This is the largest high end facility in New England. But more importantly, both clients and people in the audio industry consider it to be one of the finest demonstration facilities in the country from a technical point of view.
Alan Goodwin's Biography:
In his earliest years Alan Goodwin was surrounded by music. His parents played classical and folk music on their mono audio system and his mother played classical piano with an emphasis on Bach. At the age of 5 Alan started taking piano lessons. Since then he has also played bass viol, bass guitar, acoustical guitar, and MIDI keyboards.
After 3 years of apprenticeship in high end audio, Alan Goodwin founded Goodwin's in 1977 at 33 Newbury Street in Boston to sell high end audio systems by appointment (left). By doing what he believed in and by treating his clients the way that he would wish to be treated if he were a client, the business naturally grew. And each year his loyal clientele expanded.
Within a year of opening, Alan invested in a state-of-the-art recording system and made a series of on-location recordings at venues including Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Paine Hall, Brown Hall, and Emmanuel Church. It was a tremendous learning experience: there is nothing like making a live master tape and then bringing it back to the showroom and playing it over the finest playback system then extant to learn about music reproduction.
The Newbury Street location was succeeded eventually by locations in Cambridge and in Brookline over the years. But according to outside observers, the newest Goodwin's High End location which Alan custom-designed in 1995 is the finest technical facility in New England for the demonstration of high end audio.
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