Fifty years ago this month, Vol.1 No.1, Issue No.1 of The Stereophile
, published, edited, and mostly written by J. Gordon Holt
out of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, hit the newsstands. Gordon had worked for two major audio magazines, High Fidelity
and HiFi/Stereo Review
(later renamed Stereo Review
), and had been disgusted by those magazines' pandering to advertisers. Not only was The Stereophile
going to tell it like it was, it was going to judge audio components by listening to thema heretical idea in those days of meters and measurements. "Dammit," said Gordon, who died in 2009
, "if nobody else will report what an audio component sounds like, I'll do it myself!