Lament for a hi-fi pioneer

Lament for a hi-fi pioneer


norman lebrecht

January 07, 2022

StereoNet reports the death of Max Townshend, founder of Townshend Audio, makers of advanced turntables and preamps.

Max suffered a fatal heart attack at 78.

Report here.



  • john humphreys says:

    So sorry to hear. I only spoke to Max a couple of times on the phone when I was thinking of purchasing his ‘Piano Isolators’ suspension system for my grand piano. An extraordinary concept yielding a stunning improvement to the sound (though no effect on wrong notes alas).

  • Tara Lloyd says:

    I bought an original Rock Reference in the 80s and haven’t looked back. Sad news

  • Kyle A Wiedmeyer says:

    I’ve just realized that you never made an article about the recent death, a few days before Christmas, of Milwaukee’s own John Koss, founder of Koss Corp. and co-inventor of the first stereophonic headphones

  • Keith Spillett says:

    I had the good fortune to meet Max when I was filming a demonstration video for the isolation pads. He was an extremely nice man, and I’m sure he’ll be sorely missed.