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Old 27th June 2017, 12:07 AM   #1
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Default RIP Peter Aczel

Noted on the Linkwitz site:
Obituary for Peter ACZEL | C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc.

Infuriating at times, as all opinionated people tend to be, Peter was an important part of the high end publishing scene...
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Old 27th June 2017, 12:37 AM   #2
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RIP Peter Aczel
A true original! May he rest in peace.
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Old 6th September 2017, 11:54 PM   #3
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RIP Peter Aczel
A voice of sanity has fallen silent.

In the world of audiophiles, where there is so much insanity and the line between fantasy and reality keeps blurring with such frequency, this man was a constant voice of sanity. Which of course means many thought him an old fool. People like me drew strength from him.

His detailed review of SL's OB speakers are one of the most valuable 3rd party reviews of those designs which I have ever come across. His reviews were not just comments about the equipment, but education about how to look at the art and science of audio.

My world just grew a little lonelier with his passing. I never interacted with him, but just reading his writings gave me strength and direction.
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RIP Peter Aczel
Another voice silenced.. RIP...
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Old 7th September 2017, 01:30 AM   #5
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He was a character and accurate when he gave sonic impressions of evaluated gear in the early 80's.
When he brought on the matched level comparisons the fun stopped and He talked himself into one dimensional bliss and sedation
Speaker reviews we spot on...

Still enjoyed every (late) issue

R.I.P. Mr. Aczel
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I agree, I wonder how much of that was the result of a reaction to the already burgeoning woo of the then still young high end audio industry.
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Old 7th September 2017, 05:01 AM   #7
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Sad news...

In an email exchange on the topic of subjectivity vs objectivity, Peter replied:

"As for the longtime war between the objectivists and subjectivists, it was not inevitable, as I have frequently stated. It could have been nipped in the bud in the 70s if the scientifically qualified technologists had bothered to attack the unqualified extremists instead of dismissing them as unimportant. I remember begging the great Stanley Lipshitz and some of his colleagues to do something, but they just shrugged. A whole multibillion-dollar industry of voodoo audio has been the eventual result. The gullibility of audiophiles has no limits."

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I think the young people who were starting to develop a taste for high end gear back then were put off by the dealers who were starting to push the expensive cable routine

You buy this preamp and you will need this expensive cable to hear its benefits. Dealers bought into it , and eventually put themselves out of business slowly but surely over time without possibly making the connection.
Hi end stores were long gone before the Ipod took over IMO

I think Peter was doing way better when he reported sonic differences AND to avoid expensive junk along the way, then when he started the DB matched level belief system.
He actually saved me alot of money back then.
A brilliant writer non the less.

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I know several dealers, and the shameless promotion of and belief in obscenely expensive cables drives me nuts, sometimes considerably exacerbated by the mediocre to execrable sound quality of the associated systems which were represented to have benefited tremendously from the presence of these products. It's the modern equivalent of the alchemical quest in some ways.

His advocacy for rational engineering sometimes felt as extreme as the writings of the purveyors of puffery. I sometimes found his style of writing difficult to deal with even if the message was valid.

He had both the technical chops and the journalistic integrity to state his position and findings on such things whether or not it was entertaining or pleasant reading. He has always had my respect for his consistency and honesty.
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Old 7th September 2017, 06:20 PM   #10
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No doubt my respect for Peter's efforts and may he RIP, but audiophoolery is as much tied to the human condition as so many other nonsensical things (e.g. alt-medicine, supplements industry to name a couple), that it's hard to not assume it was inevitable. Not to say audiophoolery's scope couldn't have been much reduced.
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