A sad for the HiFi world. Art Dudley has passed away. I really enjoyed Art’s writing style and humor – it was always easy to grasp his undying level of passion for this space. Undoubtedly, he was one of the most entertaining and informative writers at Stereophile. And will always be a legend in the eyes of audiophiles. Rest in peace.

The hi-fi world has lost a giant, and we at Stereophile have lost a brother.

Art Dudley passed peacefully this morning around 4am after a short illness. The cause was metastatic cancer.

Art bought his first record—Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” the single—at age 8 or 9. He picked up the guitar at 16 and played throughout his life. When he was young, he had a band, The Norm.

Starting in the late ’70s, Art worked at Backpacker magazine. In 1985, he joined The Absolute Sound as its managing editor, quitting that gig after precisely a year. After that, he earned his living in other ways while dabbling in hi-fi writing. Then, in 1994, after learning he’d been laid off from his job teaching sixth-graders—not enough fifth-graders, apparently—he decided to start Listener, a highly opinionated journal of music and audio. (It’s safe to say that everything Art ever did was highly opinionated.)