Famous US hi-fi magazine Stereophile has a new editor: Jim Austin (pictured above left). Former editor John Atkinson (right) continues with the magazine in a new role as Technical Editor. (Click for larger image.)

AVTech Media Americas which owns Stereophile, Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Choice, Sound & Vision and Inner Fidelity, announced the editorial changes on March 1st, 2019, effective following publication of the June issue of Stereophile. ‘It is impossible to overstate the impact that John Atkinson has had in reporting and shaping the audiophile landscape during his 33 years as editor of Stereophile,’ said Paul Miller, Editorial Director of AVTech Media Ltd, ‘so I am delighted to say that this is less the end of an era than a transition to another as John segues into a new role as our Technical Editor.’

As Technical Editor, Atkinson will continue to conduct the in-depth laboratory tests for which Stereophile has become famous, and will continue to write equipment reviews for the magazine. ‘Approaching 71 years old, I am long in the tooth,’ Atkinson posted on Stereophile’s website. ‘The June issue of Stereophile will be my 390th and though my hearing is still good, I decided it was time to hand the reins over to a new and, more importantly, a younger man.’

A regular contributor to Stereophile, Austin was previously a Senior Editor at Science magazine. ‘Jim’s extensive editorial experience, scientific training, and passion for hi-fi make him a natural for this role as we embrace the opportunities to better serve our readers with cutting-edge reviews and thought-provoking features,’ Miller told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. ‘This expansion further reinforces the strength and depth of the Stereophile team, so it can maintain its voice and core values into the years ahead. The future looks very exciting indeed!

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