Pubul57- audiophile, philosopher, and friend

I regret to inform all those who may have followed these discussion boards for the past two years that my friend and fellow Audiophile Paul Rosenthal who is known to you as Pubul57 has passed away suddenly earlier this week.

I was happy to know him for the past ten years in Baltimore and he exposed me to a plethora of equipment, advice and insight during that time.

Paul loved many fine things and had many great friends. I know he cherished the time he spent on Audiogon with all of you.

I know I cherished the time I spent with him, he was like the big brother I never had.

I hope you will continue debating what the best source is, or when is absence presence and remember our friend Paul; audiophile, philosopher, and friend.

May he rest in piece.
Wow! a real shock though i didn't know Paul personally we had several audio
discussions and his input was on point and valuable. He will missed on this forum however
not forgotten. My condolences to his friends and family. Ted
This is terrible, shocking, and saddening news. RIP, Paul. Our discussions have been a pleasure and a privilege.

-- Al
This is indeed shocking and sad news as Paul was a relatively young man to be taken so early. RIP and my condolences to all family and friends. Paul, you will be deeply missed on this forum for your measured and thoughtful contributions.
May he RIP. Condolences to family and friends.
That is a real loss for this forum. Paul's comments were always very appreciated here. I hope that there is a way that we can let his loved ones know how valued he was and how deeply missed he will be by this online community.
I did not know him, but have read his posts many times. As I remember, always a thoughtful and friendly person. It is sad to hear of one of us gone before their time. Sorry to hear of it. Condolences to those of you who knew him as a friend as well as his family. Rest in Peace!
I recall very recent postings of Paul's of which I certainly did enjoy. His contributions will be sorely missed by me and many.
Read many of his posts, will miss them. Condolences to his family.

A real loss. Though we didn't always agree on specifics, I always respected his perspective. RIP.
Stunning saddening news. I considered him a friend here & sadly never got go hear his system if I ever got back to my hometown area of Baltimore which we talked about - I'm sure he would have extended graciously. He sure enjoyed his share of great gear & was always generous with his extensive knowledge. Condolences to his family.
I'm overwhelmed by all the responses. Ill be sure to share it with his family. Really overwhelmed. Thank you all.
My condolences. I will miss him.
Very sad to hear that.

I really did not know him outside audiogon but I live very close to Paul and we had discussed hooking up to audition each others gear not too long ago. I regret we did not have the chance to meet. My impression was he was a very devoted lover of fine arts and a good guy.
Paul's posts were passionate and reasoned. One could learn a great deal from his practical experience in high end audio.

The Audiogon community was enriched by his participation, and I will miss him.
Very sorry to read about this tragic news. Paul was a valuable member of the AudiogoN family and will be greatly missed. RIP Paul.
Thank you for initiating this thread, Audiodynamo.

My deepest and heartfelt condolences. Paul was a wonderful Audiogoner whose participation here left us all with his presence. He and his always terrific contributions to the discussion will be sadly missed. I consider myself lucky to have gotten to know him to a certain degree through this site.
I too am sorry to read of Paul's passing. He was always a gentleman in the forums and many of his comments mirrored my own.

My sincere condolences for his family and friends.
You have my sympathies, as well, for the loss of your friend. I enjoyed his posts, and never knew that he also lived in Baltimore. It would have been nice to be able to meet in person.

Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I also enjoyed his posts.
This may sound weird, can you let us know a recent thread he participated in? Maybe a few of us would like to go back and read some of his past posts through the years.
This would be memorial of sorts.
I did not know Paul, but read many of his posts. He always came across as knowledgeable, intelligent and respectful. He will be missed. My condolences to his friends and family.
My condolences to his family. His comments were always thoughtful and he was a gentleman.
A good man with valuable insights and a true loss to the Audiogon community.
There was a long thread about the lightspeed attenuator and passive pres that Paul started in 2010.

Thanks again to all who have taken the time to acknowledge Paul's passion for audio. Its very touching to me and his family and other friends.
If we all could have the passion for one thing in our lives the way Paul did for audio the world would be a better place.
Indeed, I always enjoyed his contribution, and tuned in when I saw his moniker on a post. Much appreciation for his contribution, condolenses to his family and friends, and RIP Paul.
And as I mentioned earlier on, please pass along our deep appreciation for Paul sharing his passions and experience with us here. Deeply appreciated by this community. Hearing of his passing will make me appreciate all the more the opportunity to meet folks from this forum and other forums next week at AKFest. A glass will be raised to Pubul57 there, rest assured.
Very sorry to hear such sad news. RIP Paul. May the bass be deep & controlled, & the highs open & extended up there.


A class act who always contributed positively to our online community. He will be missed.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Will the circle be unbroken...
I'll add my condolences...just sad news.
Sorry to hear about this news. Sad indeed.
My condolences to his family.
I too have been touched by the passing of Paul.

I have rarely actively partipated in this site, although I regulary visit it to learn from the great wisdom of others.

Pubul57 is one of those individuals from whose probing questions, intelligent and measured contributions I have benefited greatly.

May his soul rest in peace.
So sorry to hear the news. He was a class act in his postings here. I'm sure that means he was a class act in all his endeavors. His contributions will be missed.
RIP Paul,You will be missed.
MY deepest condolences to Paul's family and friends
So sad to hear this very tragic sad news. Paul had such a nice respectful way of getting his opinion's across. I will miss his contribution to the forum. My condolences to his friends and family. RIP Paul.
I am so saddened by this news. Between his posts and some emails, I developed a deep respect for Paul and I liked him a lot. This is terrible - for us I mean - Paul's in a better place. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Please excuse me, I think I’m going to cry.
This is awful news!!! I always learned to much from his posts or his replies to others' posts. I didn't always agree with him but I found so much to admire in his knowledge and style. Very sorry to hear this!
I always enjoyed reading his posts and his passion for OTL sound. I will miss his contributions here!!!! Condolences to his family and friends!!! Very sad news!!!
Paul and I shared several private emails over the years, discussing things Merlin, tube amps (OTL esp.) and more. His insight, passion, and civility have been and will continue to be a model for us all. A real mensch! I was looking forward to meeting him at a show someday and will miss his presence here on the 'gon. My condolences on the loss of your friend, Audiodynamo and please pass on my condolences to his family. I hope they get some comfort from knowing how many people who never met Paul in person, considered him a friend and respected him as a human being.
If anyone knows how to contact his family, it might be nice to refer them to this thread to know how appreciated Pubul57 was here.
I know this family is aware of how important Audiogon was to Paul, and I also know that they now know how important Paul's contributions have been to so many on Audiogon. I miss him alot, and I know that everyone that cared about him appreciates all the kind words.
As a fellow Merlin owner, he contacted me on my cellphone, but I didn't return his call. I wish I had as it's still on my voicemail.
I just saw this about Paul and I am saddened that we have lost someone who was always friendly, reasoned, and knowledgeable. I could tell from his posts, and our sometimes interactions on finding just the right preamp, that he was a solid and trustworthy individual. My condolences to Paul's family and friends.
I've been meaning to ask how his family is holding up, Audiodynamo. Can you provide an update, please?

At any rate, if you do have contact with them, please let them know Paul is in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul is in my thoughts and prayers. Always read his posts with great interest. RIP to a AudiogonN good-guy, you will missed.
Sad. My sincere condolences to his family. Paul was always such a gentleman.
This is sad news indeed. Paul was a great asset to AudiogoN family. Always read his posts with great interest. Condolences to family and friends. May he RIP.
Paul truly was a student of audio, his passion was never quenched. I can only express my deep thanks to all who have posted these loving tributes, I know all of his family and friends appreciate your thoughts and comments.
I can feel Paul smiling satisfactorily from a better place, knowing his thoughts and comments moved others to explore audio and life a little deeper.
Paul truly was a student of audio, his passion was never quenched. I can only express my deep thanks to all who have posted these loving tributes, I know all of his family and friends appreciate your thoughts and comments.
I can feel Paul smiling satisfactorily from a better place, knowing his musings moved others to explore audio and life a little deeper.
Godspeed, you left too soon.
I got the pleasure of speaking with Paul during a transaction we had, way back when. He was such a nice guy. I could easily tell he shared the passion with me. My heart feels heavy for him and his family. Audiodynamo- If you knew some of Paul's favorite music, I would love to know. It would be an honor to play something for him, in a future listening session. I am sure others here would like to join me for such a tribute!
Cheers, Paul