I seriously doubt most readers here even know who he was. Too long ago, too obscure. But ya neva know!
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Aczel was just a run-of-the-mill subjective reviewer, certainly no J. Gordon Holt, or even Harry Pearson. I don't recall what lead to his "objective" transformation, but was thereafter an obnoxious jerk. His ethics came into serious question when he used the mag to promote his own loudspeaker, his credibility when it became known his hearing was seriously impaired. Good riddance.
I have followed The Audio Critic from the beginning (1977) to its end. For the most part Peter Aczel's recommendations were spot on! He made a serious attempt to reconcile measurements with listening trials. Unlike the all-over-the-map conclusions of the "golden ear" reviewers at Stereophile and TAS. And was the first to stress the importance of proper tonearm/cartridge alignment for LP playback - when LPs were the most common music source!
Aczel was also the first to publish a comprehensive chart for determining proper alignment for a wide range of tonearm lenghts, stylus-to-pivot distance, offset angles and overhang distances. This chart was for the Baerwald alignment. And he discussed VTF and stylus rake angle, along with the importance of stylus shapes (conical, elliptical, Shibata ...) for maximizing music retrieval from those vinyl grooves!
I would best describe Peter Aczel as a rationalist ... He would always want to know "why" and questioned established dogma regarding music systemsActually, Aczel created his own personal brand of dogma. That was his problem.