From our archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame / Julian Prendergast Verreker

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: More? More! Well, I never met Julian Verreker. Because of my public loathing for the Linn ‘culture’ in the 1980’s; he and I would never have seen eye to eye. It wasn’t to be. However he was a self-taught designer. That’s gotta mean something, right? I took a […]

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NELSON PASS: Circuit Topology and … the End of Science

Jim Austin / Stereophile Magazine write …. Nelson Pass is a consummate engineer, but he got his start in physics, earning a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. As he worked on his degree, he was already an audio designer, focusing on loudspeakers—great training for a designer of audio amplifiers. Soon, in 1974, he cofounded Threshold […]

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VINTAGE: Who made the best vintage audio?

What’s your opinion SANSUI – the Big G SERIES receivers are UNTOUCHABLE!!!! Their Amps ar sooo powerful!! My AS 300 speakers are the best sansui’s, though not nearly the most powerful, I’ve heard. I hope to pick up a CA 2000 and a BA 2000 tomorrow. Amp and Pre. I sold all but my G […]

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MUSICAL FIDELITY: The amplifier designer hall of fame?

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck in 2008 Can we return to the mercurial Mr. Michaelson at some point today? Possibly. Possibly ….. not. Depends on what your questions are. Some matters are strictly off limits. He is though a bit of a hero for me frankly. (HP makes direct eye contact as if […]

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Bridged versus stereo: Opinions differ ….. of course they do!

A week ago I thought I would experiment with my power amplifiers. I use a Rotel RC850 preamp with two bridged monoblocked power amps but thought I would ‘stereo’ one of the power amps, reconnect everything, and give it a go. The result was very interesting indeed with a much warmer, softer and more musical […]

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