Peter Aczel

Quakertown, Pennsylvania

1926 - 2017 (Age 91)


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Peter Aczel, 91, of Quakertown, died peacefully at home on June 22, 2017, with family by his side. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he emigrated to the USA in 1939, originally residing in Bronxville and then Mount Vernon, NY. Peter served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII (1945-47) and received his...

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Peter Aczel's magazine saved me thousands of dollars and rescued me from the audio wilderness of obfuscation and distortion. He got me on the scientific path of design and evaluation which resulted in the satisfying sound I have enjoyed for the last decade.
I'll be forever grateful.

I first subscribed to The Audio Critic in the late 1970's. Peter's legacy in the audio world deserves to live on. His opposition to sham science while maintaining high standards for reproduced sound was refreshingly different from what many other audio journalists produced. The carefulness and conciseness with which The Audio Critic was written was a model for my own professional writing.

Peter Aczel's magazine The Audio Critic is the most important audio magazine ever to exist because it had the courage to speak truth to power.

I was never fortunate enough to meet Peter in person, but I did enjoy his writing and his open and honest approach to audio. I learned a great deal from him, and I will miss the clarity of his thoughts.

The last honest person in audio criticism and for decades the only audio journalist worth reading. With his passing accountability, sanity and integrity left the realm hi-fi pundits.
Peter Millan, Audio Critic reader

While I didn't know Mr. Aczel personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading his magazine The Audio Critic. He was a voice of sanity, integrity, and intelligence in a field overly populated by charlatans who traded on the ignorance of their readers. I still laugh at his description of those individuals as "Golden-eared Tweako Cultists."
Godspeed, Mr. Aczel.

I was first introduced to Peter and his publication "The Audio Critic" as a fresh-out-of-college audio enthusiast who joined the industry (audiophile recordings and later equipment manufacturing and retailing). His periodical was required reading to keep abreast of up-and-coming designers and companies. Those who wish to know Peter better are encouraged to read a 2006 interview conducted by an anonymous subscriber titled "Your Editor, Revealed: An Unprecedented...

Bodil, Eric, Thomas, and Michele

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We will always remember Peter's wry sense of humor and his love for Bullmastiffs and Border Terriers!