Hi! I'm Alan Lofft and welcome to the Audio Lofft. I was Editor in Chief of Sound & Vision for 13 years, (Canada) so I guess you could call me an Audio, Video and Home Theater expert.
In the late 1970s, I became a contributing editor, columnist, and equipment reviewer at AudioScene Canada, the leading national consumer electronics magazine at the time. I also wrote on consumer electronics for Maclean's magazine and made occasional appearances on TV on "Canada AM," the national CTV morning show, and on June Callwood's national afternoon TV talk show.
I have been writing about hi-fi and video for over 20 years and have had the pleasure of working with some of the industry's best known brands and founders as well as Electronic and Audio historical figures. I am now working with Ian Colquhoun, the founder of Axiom Audio. Ian and I worked together as part of the original National Research group who broke in new ground in developing the standards by which loud speakers are measured. For more background information on Axiom and Ian Colquhoun's work with the National Research council Click Here.
Over the years I have had the chance to review just about every brand and manufacturer of electronic gear and loudspeaker out there.... and it's not always the most expensive brands and equipment that win the performance measurement competitions. Axiom Audio is a great example of a company that delivers award winning performances and unbeatable value -- Click Here to see an Award winning Axiom Home Theater System.
Below you will find a picture of me (a few years ago....)
In 1983, I was appointed editor of Sound Canada magazine, which I relaunched in 1985 as Sound & Vision, incorporating video content and reviews as well as hi-fi and audio features. I also became a contributing editor to Stereo Review in New York, and an audio columnist for Music Express, a Canadian rock magazine.
I have been an audio, video and electronics enthusiast from childhood. I began building vacuum-tube hi-fi gear for my dad, who was an audiophile in the 1950s. My passion for audio continued and grew throughout my college years and I hosted and produced "On Campus", a radio show taped on location (on a portable Ampex 650 open-reel recorder) at Wilfrid Laurier University and broadcast locally in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
After graduation, I entered TV journalism, joining CBC television in Toronto as a production assistant and story editor for "The Day It Is," TBA", and "The Way It Is", daily and network public-affairs TV shows produced by the late Ross McLean. I continued to work in broadcast journalism until the mid-1970s, including a period as a reporter on an evening news-hour show at CITY-TV, an innovative local Toronto TV station. I moved from broadcast to print journalism with the publication of my "Sound Advice" column by The Toronto Star.
I come from a musically talented family (both my mother and father played violin and piano). I also spent a period of time as a professional singer and musical theater performer on Canadian and American stages. I played the title role in the US National company of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and, in Canada, in the Charlottetown Festival production of the musical "Turvey", where I also played the title role.
I love living in New York city and I maintain a solid connection to Canada with my work with Axiom Audio and I have family in Toronto and a summer home on an island in Georgian Bay (north of Toronto).
I created the Audiolofft so I could provide consumers with a reference guide to all things audio, video and Home Theater related and provide accurate information and honest recommendations.
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