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Sorry Mike, you lose . . .

I was a charter subscriber to TAS and for the first few years I read and enjoyed it as an addition to Stereophile.

However, your "test" looses on at least 3 out of 4 counts. I happen to have a duplicate copy of Stereophile, #2-71, identified as Late Summer 1971, with my handwritten note I received it in July '71 (unfortunately I sold my first several years' issues some time ago). The Recommended Components list in that issue includes:
Audio Research SP-2c preamp
Infinity preamp
Audio Research Dual-50D amp
Infinity SS-I speakers
Infinity 2000A speakers

In addition, "Quickies" reviews include the Infinity 2000A, and Audio Research SP-2C and Dual-50D with full reviews promised for the next issue. Under "Miscellany", there is discussion of a new Audio Research speaker, a magnetic system that behaves like an electrostatic and uses large-area ultra-light-weight Mylar sheets as radiators. Many of us elder audiophiles know the original Magnaplanar speakers were distributed by ARC and sold under their name. So, here is J. Gordon reviewing or introducing three products out of four from your evidence list two years prior to Volume 1, Issue 1 of TAS. I'm not certain but I don't believe C-J existed at that point in time.

While I will acknowledge that HP initiated many factors of high end product reviewing, I will not concede that he created high end audio - except perhaps in his own mind.


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