Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth



University of North Texas




Audio Equipment


  • Professional audio journalist
  • Freelance writer, editor, photographer, and technical consultant
  • Writer for The Wirecutter, JazzTimes, and SoundStage!
  • Consultant for electronics manufacturers


Brent Butterworth is a former writer for Lifewire, where he wrote extensively on speakers, headphones, and other audio equipment for more than a year. He is a professional audio journalist and has tested and reviewed thousands of audio products. He served as editor-in-chief of "Home Theater" and "Home Entertainment" magazines, contributing technical editor for "Sound & Vision" magazine, senior editor of "Video" magazine, and reviews editor of "Windows Sources" magazine. Butterworth also worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He is a frequent contributor to websites such as The Wirecutter, Home Theater Review, Techlicious, and SoundStage!

Butterworth's intense interest in the technical side of audio 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 because he liked the way the (former) living room sounded. Butterworth 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 a member of the Audio Engineering Society.


Butterworth earned a B.A. in Journalism, Marketing at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. 

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