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#1 of 50 OFFLINE   Lee Scoggins

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Posted April 07 2003 - 11:08 AM

I got to thinking about the amp ranking thread-good thread IMHO. Really I also think some brands are very good, but designers are also a reliable indicator of quality.

What are your favorites?

Here are mine:

Digital Gear - Ed Meitner, Mike Moffatt

Amplifiers (including preamps): William Zane Johnson, Dieter Burmester

Power Regulation Accessories: Richard Marsh (also make some excellent amps)

Speakers: Jim Winey, Neil Patel

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#2 of 50 OFFLINE   Al B. C

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Posted April 07 2003 - 11:49 AM

How about tuners?

Guglielmo Marconi

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#3 of 50 OFFLINE   Chris Purvis

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Posted April 07 2003 - 02:16 PM

Nelson Pass has yet to do me wrong.

#4 of 50 OFFLINE   Khoa Tran

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Posted April 07 2003 - 04:22 PM

I second Nelson Pass and add Paul Barton

#5 of 50 OFFLINE   Lewis Besze

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Posted April 07 2003 - 04:38 PM

Oh,
Nikola Tesla, Tom Voodhanel [anyone belive in reincarnation?] Posted Image
John Curl,Nelson Pass,John Dunlavy,Bob Stuart,Jim Winey.

#6 of 50 OFFLINE   Kevin C Brown

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Posted April 07 2003 - 06:56 PM

I wish I knew more names, but here goes:

Richard Vandersteen
Chris and Stuart (at Bryston)
Nelson Pass (I had a Nak PA-7AII 225W/ch Stasis amp, rebadged Threshold, that I got rid of because it came from a smoking household and stank every time I fired it up. Maybe I should have tried to "burn it in" Posted Image outside or something. That's one that "got away.")
The Japanese guy who founded Nakamichi (the best cassette decks in the world. Period. ... late 80's, early 90's.)
The dude behind Fosgate and DPL
The dudes behind Lexicon and Logic 7
Oh, the Merdian, MLP dude

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#7 of 50 OFFLINE   Brett DiMichele

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Posted April 07 2003 - 07:16 PM

Dr.Amar BosePhd.

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#8 of 50 OFFLINE   Lewis Besze

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Posted April 07 2003 - 09:24 PM

Kevin,
MLP dude= Bob Stuart
Fosgate Dpl II dude=Jim Fosgate

#9 of 50 OFFLINE   Lee-M

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Posted April 08 2003 - 01:16 AM

Steve McCormack. He even takes your calls, replies to your emails... and has designed audio equipment that brings tears of joy to your eyes when you hear it for the first (and hundredth) time...

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Posted April 08 2003 - 06:31 AM

Amarnath Bose. You got to admit the guy is a genious selling 5 plastic cubes for over 1K which people buy and flaunt at the less fortunate ones like me (frankly how many common folks have heard of Vienna Acoustic speakers). Hail Bose Posted Image
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#11 of 50 OFFLINE   Scott_N

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Posted April 08 2003 - 07:20 AM

My favorite would be Dennis Had. I love Cary products.

#12 of 50 OFFLINE   Kevin C Brown

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Posted April 08 2003 - 07:50 AM

I think you have to like the Bose guy for his *marketing* genius, but not for his ability as an audio eqp designer.

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#13 of 50 OFFLINE   Lee-M

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Posted April 08 2003 - 08:20 AM

Which Lee?

Unless you are really Steve McCormack, I am going to guess you are thanking Lee Scoggins...

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Posted April 08 2003 - 08:24 AM

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I think you have to like the Bose guy for his *marketing* genius, but not for his ability as an audio eqp designer.


In the early days he did design the speakers (or atleast so I thought). The fact that the design didn't involve anything and hasn't changed over the years is another thing. BTW I was just kidding about his design capabilities.
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#15 of 50 OFFLINE   Dave Milne

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Posted April 08 2003 - 12:23 PM

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has designed audio equipment that brings tears of joy to your eyes when you hear it for the first (and hundredth) time...
Dan D'Agostino's gear (Krell) did this to me in the early '90s. I haven't heard/owned any recent Krell stuff, though...

JBL/Harman has had some sharp folks over the years, too... like Drew Daniels and John Eargle...

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Posted April 08 2003 - 01:31 PM

Henry Kloss

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#17 of 50 OFFLINE   Mike Fenech

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Posted April 08 2003 - 02:53 PM

Julian Vereker (RIP)
John Farlowe
Bob Surgeoner
Spencer Hughes (RIP)

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#18 of 50 OFFLINE   Lee-M

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Posted April 08 2003 - 03:18 PM

I must add another:

Paul W. Klipsch

One of the greats, and an authentic genius.

#19 of 50 OFFLINE   Brett DiMichele

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Posted April 08 2003 - 05:21 PM

Thomas Eddison....

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#20 of 50 OFFLINE   Chu Gai

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Posted April 08 2003 - 05:32 PM

I think the various researchers in the telecommunications field deserve a bunch of credit for that which has trickled down, sometimes accurately, sometimes inaccurately, into the audio realm. But I would like to shoot that person(s) that saddled us with RCA's though.





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