Celebrating its first half-century, the book tells the story of a manufacturer that helped define high-end audio, with the sole purpose of elevating the sound quality of music in the home. William Zane “Bill” Johnson established Audio Research in 1970, basing its products on what was then considered by many to be obsolete technology: vacuum tubes. Guided by his passion for music and quality listening with a refusal to fall victim to fashion and design trends of the times, Johnson was revolutionary in sound reproduction.
"This isn’t just any book," says Audio Research CEO Jeff Poggi, "The ‘reference’ quality history of Audio Research, authentic and honest in its storytelling is ‘hi-definition’ in content, art, and execution. It needed to bring Bill Johnson’s passion, creativity, and dedication to life, showcasing how Bill’s legacy lives on in the people and products that ARC continues to live and breathe today. Now more than ever, this book feels so right – it endures, it is timeless, it is the perfect reflection of an Audio Research product in that it will last a lifetime."
With open access to the company’s archives, the participation of employees, and the support and insights of Bill’s wife, Nancy, “Audio Research: Making the Music Glow” is filled with rare images, curated reprints of period interviews, the definitive product listing, and a study of what the experts have determined to be the company’s 25 greatest achievements, augmented by fresh photography of each model. Within the pages are the stories of the company’s roots, its development, its evolution, and its tenacious hold on delivering industry standard in music playback.
The book features 18 chapters and 220 Pages, showing more than 220 photos in black and white or full color. The first edition run is limited to 2,000 copies. Making the Music Glow Anniversary book is priced at $150.00 MSRP and will be available through authorized Audio Research dealers and online.
Audio Research is one of the oldest continually operating manufacturers in American audio. Today, Audio Research remains a performance-oriented company by philosophy and design. New product introductions are driven only by genuine advances in technology and performance - the High Definition that is the hallmark of the company's products. The company has grown steadily over the last 50 years, with a network of top audio specialist retailers across North America and more than sixty distributors worldwide. The company occupies a 20,000 square-foot, technically advanced production plant and administrative headquarters in Maple Grove, Minnesota, where approximately 35 technical, assembly and support staff guide the product line from concept to finished goods.