LECSON: Gale chrome beauties, vintage Quad and … Mr Lothar Kissinger

Howard Popeck writes ….. I’ve ‘known’ Lothar for some years despite never having met him nor sold him anything. That’s because in part we share a common audiophile history. He owns and uses some truly terrific state-of-the-art vintage equipment including, as you’ll see from the images, Lecson and Gale. My connection is that through serendipity […]

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SUBJECTIVE AUDIO: The great sounds; Radford, Spectral, Lecson, Infinity, SoundLabs, JBL Century, Beveridge, Beard and more

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck: What were the best reproduced sounds you ever heard in the early days? Not easy to answer. Depends on one’s definition of best. If you take just listenability i.e. the customer’s sound is so good right now that I’m not going to unpack my demo gear, then it would have […]

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MERIDIAN: Origin of the Boothroyd / Stuart Meridian ‘Zebra’ series

An enthusiast writes ….. The mca component amplifier is a great sounding amp, very open and fast with a sweet treble, bass is not deep but fast and tuneful. One of the best integrated amps i’ve heard in fact. I’ve got the 101b preamp and the component preamp i’d have to say the component is […]

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MERIDIAN AUDIO: 101b/104 Tuner/M1 Active Speakers

A article we found particularly interesting; we read it start to finish! Meridian Audio was established in 1977 by the designers Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd who had made their name with the Lecson ( http://www.lecson.co.uk/faq.html, http://www.thevintageknob.org/THEVAULT2/LECSON/LECSON.html 1974) and Orpheus (1975) range of amplifiers. Bob Stuart has a background of psychoacoustics and electronic engineering while […]

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BOOTHROYD STUART MERIDIAN: Their ultra-rare 107 power amp and … a powerfully incontinent white dove

Q: Gentlemen, whatever happened to the Boothroyd-Stewart ‘Orpheus’ pre and power amp? Did they ever make into production? The preamp was a gorgeous looking precursor to the ‘rainbow’ Lecson pre. Very ’70s (should suit André) with a Nextel suede finish. Can’t find an image, but it had the sort of design aesthetics that would, I’m […]

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LECSON: The official site

Long before there was a Meridian audio, the Boothroyd/Stuart team formed Lecson Audio.   Aficionados from the 1970’s will remember Lecson primarily for their flat multicolored preamplifier and cylindrical amplifier, but like most enterprises the story goes much deeper. They are also one of the few audio firms to win a Design Council Award and be […]

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LECSON: AP1, ProAc, Celef, Lentek Monitors, Sonab, LS3/5a and Harbeth HL1 Mk3

Hello Howard. Memory test! I remember a couple of years ago you recommended a speaker that mated particularly well with the Lecson AP1 power amplifier.  Hope all is well, John Hello John. Oh wow. At my age, trying to remember? You are kidding, right? On a more serious note though, here are the ones that […]

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MERIDIAN: Their gimmick-free golden years of 2-channel music

Howard Popeck: Emerging phoenix-like or perhaps Cinderella-like out of the turmoil of Lecson via the short-lived Orpheus designs, Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd announced the arrival of BS Meridian in Hi-fi News 35 years ago. The series 1 system comprised initially the 101 preamp, the 103 power amp and the astonishing M1 active speakers with […]

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LECSON: 1974 Design Arts Journal Text

From the 1970s ….. Lecson AC1 and API pre-amplifier and power amplifier audio Units. Made by Lecson Audio Ltd, St Ives, Huntingdonshire. Designed by Robert Stuart, BSc (Eng), MSc, DIC of Lecson Audio and Allen Boothroyd, Mdes RCA, MSIA, DA (Manc), of HuIme Chadwick & Partners. Approximate retail prices: AC1 £100 API £75 ex VAT […]

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