John Curl, one of the world’s most respected audio engineers, has been engaged to work as a technical consultant for British sister companies iFi Audio and AMR (Abbingdon Music Research).

Curl (pictured at right, click on image to enlarge) designed the legendary JC-2 preamplifier (his initials forming part of the model number) in the early 1970s for Mark Levinson, and then the ML-2 Class-A power amplifier. Since that time he has created many designs for high-end audio companies including for Wilson Audio and Jeff Rowland. ‘Curl is unquestionably one of a small band of engineers whose influence is so great it has altered the direction of audio design,’ said Vincent Luke, Sales Director at iFi Audio and AMR: ‘We are excited to have the opportunity to add John’s exceptional expertise to our talented team of technical designers, led by design director Thorsten Loesch. His insights will help us to further raise the sonic bar with products from both iFi and AMR—from portable and desktop audio to the very finest high-end hi-fi components, we will continue to push the boundaries of design, functionality and performance.

The first products to feature Curl’s input are iFi’s new ‘Zen’ range of desktop audio products, after which it will be a range of new high-end components from AMR, due for launch in 2020.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Southport, UK, iFi Audio and Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) design and manufacture portable, desktop and lifestyle audio products and high-end hi-fi components.

In Australia, iFi Audio is distributed by BusiSoft AV.