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Curtis Stan

Stan Curtis has been designing hi-fi and home theatre products for nearly 45 years. He founded the International Audio Group (IAG) and was Chairman of Quad Electronics and Wharfedale Loudspeakers.  Prior to that he was Chief Designer at Rotel and a founder director of both Mission Loudspeakers and Cambridge Audio. He has also consulted widely for companies as diverse as Bowers & Wilkins (B&W); Pioneer and Teac.  Indeed he has designed well over 400 commercial products so there’s a good chance that you will have owned one of his products at one time or another. He currently spends most of his time working on very high-tech sensor systems but remains engaged with the audio industry creating two or three new product designs each year. You will find more about Stan at  www.stancurtis.com .

Written articles
Audio design is moving forward – or is it?

With all our focus on individual designs and equipment and trying to improve our amps and speakers, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. Stan Curtis, who has literally designed 100's...

Supply Decoupling – Finesse before Brute Force

In this installment of his regular The Way I see it column, Stan Curtis makes the point that the indiscriminate adding of more and more decoupling caps to a power supply system can be...

Listening to paradoxes

Most of us agree that the aim of good hi-fi is to re-create the sounds heard in the control room of the studio when the final mix of a piece of music is laid down onto tape or disk. You just take...

Taking a Balanced View

It is fair to say that most hi-fi enthusiasts have paid little attention to the importance of their mains power supply and in part this is because of their ignorance of the impact of less than...

Component-level mutual induction

In a previous column, Stan Curtis has discussed his observation that between implementations in breadboards, ‘air circuits’ and formal PCB layouts, identical circuits sometimes are...

Class D - an audiophile's dream? - Stan Curtis

Our regular contributor Stan Curtis wonders why the hi-fi world does tend to stick with what it knows rather than embracing radically new ideas. There has been little in the way of radical...

Size does matter. Or does it?

Size does matter. Or does it?         Vol 8

Stan Curtis

In his Vol 8 column, Stan Curtis talks about his journey through the years, trying to come...

Sometimes power does not corrupt…

Stan Curtis reflects on many decades of experiences with powering audio equipment. Go under- or overkill on the transformer? Regulate the power supply – and then with a series or a shunt...

What's with all this dynamic range?

In recent times the audio and consumer media seem to have latched onto the term High Definition or HD Audio. For digital audio it commonly refers to recordings which come with an extended dynamic...

The map is not the world

Stan Curtis relates how he noticed that there was often an audible difference between his ratsnest-point-to-point prototype designs and the final product. These final product mechanical...