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Any fans of Art Dudley's Listener?

Of all the audio magazines I have read, my all time favourite is Art Dudley's magazine, Listener. Art is actually a true journalist, so other than maybe The Absolute Sound during it's heyday, Listener was about the best written audio magazine I ever read. The articles were always interesting and informative, even if you weren't interested in the gear he was reviewing. Really an incredibly enjoyable magazine to read.

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Old 12-28-2011, 09:03 PM
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I like his writings,I think he spiced up Stereophile quite a bit.
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Listener was the best. Also Stereophile under Holt when it was the tiny format in the 70's was pretty good.

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I discovered Listener about the same time I discovered Fi, only to see both go under within a short time of each other.

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Of all the audio magazines I have read, my all time favourite is Art Dudley's magazine, Listener. Art is actually a true journalist, so other than maybe The Absolute Sound during it's heyday, Listener was about the best written audio magazine I ever read. The articles were always interesting and informative, even if you weren't interested in the gear he was reviewing. Really an incredibly enjoyable magazine to read.

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Oh yes! Listener was my absolute favorite audio magazine!

I used to buy my copy off the newsstand and eagerly awaited it. Its tight focus on quality 2-channel, vinyl-based home audio was pretty narrow for general consumption, which is probably what did it in, but was right on-target for me and the stuff that I cared about then.

Fortunately, Dudley's Listening column and other features in Stereophile still carry though a lot of the flavor of the old Listener magazine. He is an excellent writer and I really enjoy his work.
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I like Art Dudley in general. Just a cool guy. Excellent audio journalist...I enjoy his openess. Often if he doesn't know something he is brutally honest about it. I appreciate that.
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Tremendous fan of the Listener; almost cried when it went under. I think I still have some mags here somewhere.
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I like Art Dudley in general. Just a cool guy. Excellent audio journalist...I enjoy his openess. Often if he doesn't know something he is brutally honest about it. I appreciate that.
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Wish I'd known about Listener when it was around.
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The thing about reading Listener is that it is still relevant. You can pick up an issue today that is 10 years old, and get more out of it than any of the new mags. It really is that much fun to read.
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That's funny; I just looked over the weekend through my (complete) collection of Listener mags for an article that Art wrote on Linn LP12 setup. A very enjoyable afternoon. In fact, I bought a few of the components that were favorably reviewed in the in the mag, and still have them. It was fun to reread the reviews.
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I still have mine too...quite a magazine!

I really read Listener in ways I haven't read many publications since...cover to cover, every word, every if I didn't have the slightest idea what the hell they were talking about. I was a big solid state amp guy, but LOVED reading about tubes and horns, and Spendors...in addition to Mr. Dudley, the late Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg's writing was exceptional.

...oh, and I learned a lot about "The Band" too
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I've kept all of my Listener magazines, can't say I've ever done that for any other journal. He's the sole reason I've kept my subscription to Stereophile going.
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Hifi Critic is also a great magazine, and completely ad-free.
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I liked Listener because it was one of only two magazines (the other being Sound Practices) that regularly covered horn speakers. Unorthodox.
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Like your avatar pic jostber, that's a great album.
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