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EditorJim Austin
Technical EditorJohn Atkinson
CategoriesHigh-end audio
Total circulation
(June 2013)
72,159[1][needs update]
FounderJ. Gordon Holt
First issueSeptember 1962
CompanyAVTech Media
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Stereophile is a monthly American audiophile magazine which reviews high-end audio equipment, such as loudspeakers and amplifiers, and audio-related news.


Founded in 1962[2] by J. Gordon Holt. Stereophile is the highest-circulation hi-fi magazine in the Americas and possibly the world.[citation needed]

In 1998, Stereophile was acquired by Petersen Publishing.[3]

Until 2018, Stereophile was published in New York by The Enthusiast Network, a publisher of special interest magazines. The magazine was formerly based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[2] During this period it was published eight times a year.[2] until the August 1987 issue, when it started monthly publication. In March 2018, Stereophile was purchased, along with related magazines and websites, by AVTech Media Ltd.[4]

On March 1, 2019, John Atkinson, who had joined the magazine in May 1986, announced that he was stepping down from his position of Editor of Stereophile, that he would continue his association with the magazine as Technical Editor, and that Jim Austin, formerly an editor at Science and a freelance contributor to Stereophile, would be taking over as Editor. Atkinson had edited the magazine since 1986.[5]


Features include their annual "Records to Die For" section, where each editor and writer reviews two outstanding albums of their choice, and the bi-annual "Recommended Components" issue in which audio equipment which has been reviewed in the recent past are classified as "A, B, C or D" level components, with "A" being the most highly recommended.


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Frank Hoffmann (November 12, 2004). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound. Routledge. p. 2023. ISBN 978-1-135-94950-1. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Petersen Publishing Agrees to Acquire Stereophile, Inc". 1998-05-17. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  4. ^ "AVTech Media Ltd (UK) Acquires Home Tech Network From Ten Publishing Media". 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  5. ^ "Stereophile: the Next Generation". 2019-03-01. Retrieved 2019-07-25.