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Tribute to Ed Dell

May 3 2013, 13:01
Edward T. Dell, Jr.
Edward T. Dell, Jr. (1923-2013)


Edward T. Dell, Jr.

When Edward T. Dell, Jr., founder and former Audio Amateur publisher, passed away in February 2013, editors at audioXpress asked themselves this question: How do you celebrate the life of a man who single-handedly did more to foster the audio construction hobby than anyone else?

We asked longtime contributors to submit essays about Dell, whose many publishing achievements included making audioXpress the go-to audio technology authority before he sold his company’s assets—which included audioXpress and Voice Coil magazines—to the Elektor publishing group in 2011.

Here we share reflections on the man who, shortly before his retirement at 88, summarized for interviewer Jan Didden the passion that fueled a long publishing career dedicated to DIY audio: “I wonder how things work. That curiosity has been the basis of most of what I did in my life.”

If you would like to share your comments about Ed’s legacy with audioXpress readers online, please use our comment field below.

The Audio Amateur
Ed Dell published the first edition of The Audio Amateur in 1970. The magazine catered to audio construction hobbyists.



Essays from friends of Ed Dell:

Nelson Pass

Richard Honeycutt

Chuck Hansen

Gary Galo

Jan Didden

Vance Dickason

Joseph D’Appolito

Zen amplifier
Here is a simple schematic for the Zen amplifier, which Ed Dell published in Audio Amateur to encourage beginning DIYers with a project that presented “Class-A performance” with minimal hurdles.
Dell’s many magazines have significantly furthered the art of audio.



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