Anthony (Tony) Cordesman has passed away

This one hurts!  I've known Tony for a very long time.  My absolute favorite reviewer.  Meet him years ago and have been a huge fan ever since.

Great ears and wonderful gentleman.

R.I.P. Tony...thanks for everything!




I first became aware of AHC from his 1980s Stereophile equipment reviews. Largely based on his rave review of the Apogee Duetta II, I went out of my way to audition them at two different dealers and bought a pair, which I still use as my main speakers.  Around that period he also did a Stereophile survey of top cartridges, and based on his review of the Monster Cable Alpha Genesis 1000, I bought one of those, which I also am still using (has over 1000 hours on it and still sounds like I remember it sounding in the 1990s).  I think he also reviewed the Eminent Technology ET-2 tonearm in Stereophile, which is the tonearm I still use on my SOTA Star Sapphire. 

I later learned of his work in the national security field when I saw him on TV, and assumed it was the same guy--not a common name, and he seemed the right age to be the reviewer.