Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth's lifelong passion for audio and music has taken him from building DIY speakers in his basement as a teen to traveling the world in search of the hottest new audio technologies.


Brent has been a professional audio journalist since 1989, and has tested and reviewed thousands of audio products. He has served as editor-in-chief of Home Theater and Home Entertainment magazines, contributing technical editor for Sound & Vision magazine, senior editor of Video magazine, reviews editor of Windows Sources magazine, and also worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He is frequent contributor to websites such as The Wirecutter, SoundStage!, Home Theater Review and Techlicious.

His intense interest in the technical side of audio has spurred him to acquire a full suite of audio testing gear, and to assemble an acoustically treated listening room/home theater -- in a house he chose largely because he liked the way the (former) living room sounded. Brent has built relationships with many of the leading technical minds in audio, often visiting their labs to be tutored in the best ways to evaluate and measure audio gear. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Brent Butterworth

Audio is more than a passion for me. It's a habit. About 40 years ago, my Dad plopped an old Heathkit tube amplifier and FM tuner in my room, with two mismatched speakers. It took me two weeks to get up the guts to change from the oldies station he'd tuned in to a rock station, but ever since, I've been fascinated with sound, music and audio gear. Whether I'm measuring the frequency response of a $20,000 speaker or listening to an Internet jazz station through a $39 Bluetooth speaker, it's always an interesting experience to me.

My goal with this site is to help you buy the coolest and best stuff, and to make it easy to understand audio on whatever level you wish, simple or in-depth.

I hope you'll contact me to let me know what products and topics you'd like to see covered, and how I can make my articles serve you better. Thanks for reading!

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