April 2021


Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021, 7:00 pm


Featured Guests: John Atkinson, Past Editor of Stereophile & Current Technical Editor

Topic: Audio After 55 Years as an Audiophile & Measuring Audio Equipment

John Atkinson was born in England in 1948. At the age of 15, he was faced with a difficult decision. Academically, his grades in science subjects were excellent but his passion was for music. He played violin in school and county youth orchestras and bass guitar with a local pop group. But for his final 3 years at grammar school, he had to choose between the sciences and the arts. The sciences it had to be, and he ended up getting his B.Sc in physics and chemistry from the University of London, followed by a post-graduate qualification as a high-school science teacher.

He is probably the only audio journalist who has made his own transistors, using a vapor-epitaxy oven and gallium-phosphide substrates.

His passion for music was kept alive by playing bass guitar in rock bands and getting involved in making recordings. John, a bassist, joined a band led by a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who had just signed a record contract with Warner Bros. After joining, not a surprise, he abandoned his scientific career without hesitation.

JA had been what we now call an “audiophile” since the end of the 1960s and was an avid reader of the British magazine Hi-Fi News & Record Review. In September 1976 he joined that magazine as an editorial assistant. Six years later, at the age of 34, he became Hi-Fi News’s editor in chief. By the end of 1985, he'd almost doubled its circulation when then-Stereophile owner and publisher Larry Archibald invited him to take over from the magazine’s founder, J. Gordon Holt, as the American magazine’s editor.

JA joined Stereophile in May 1986 and increased its circulation from around 20,000 to a peak of 92,000 15 years later. He remained editor until April 2019, when approaching his 71st birthday and having published 390 issues, he handed over Stereophile’s editorial reins to Jim Austin. John took up the new position of Technical Editor and continues to provide the measurements to accompany the magazine’s reviews. To date, he has measured 900 loudspeakers, 600 amplification components, and 400 digital products, all with a standardized test regime for each category.

John Atkinson is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and until recently was an associate member of the IEEE and a member of NARAS, Producers & Engineers Wing. In 2011 he was invited by the Technical Council of the AES to present the Richard C. Heyser Memorial lecture at its 131st Convention in New York


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Time: Sunday April 18, 2021 - suggest 06:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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