Ever since my teenage years I have been fascinated by the reproduction of recorded music. Building my own equipment was a financial neccessity in the 1960’s, which prompted me to find out how things work and how to to improve them – a learning curve that has continued to the present day, more than a half century later.
I was born in the UK but have resided in the Netherlands for very many years. I may be known to some as the owner and designer of the Dutch loudspeaker brand Impulse. I retired from doing this 5 years ago and have spent the intervening years pursuing my interests in analogue audio. Having recognised the overriding importance of the phono pre-amplifier I set about developing a couple of interesting models that would eventually prompt me to start up my old Audio Wise company again in February 2018. In this process I have been greatly helped by Richard Murdey of RJM Audio (see below).
More of less by accident I also stumbled upon the concept of the little known and understood passive pre-amplifier – a device which, when executed properly with state of the art components, can not only replace a conventional pre-amplifier but outperform it by a considerable margin! The resulting new Audio Wise Passive Pre-amplifier is also now available together with HiFi Collective’s very versatile Glasshouse design.
In all of my involvement with HiFi equipment over the years I have discovered time and again that simple things tend to sound better than complicated ones – hence the theme for this website –
“Less is MORE” Audio