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June 2024


The Passing Of Milan Karan And Andrew Singer
Our thoughts and sympathy as both will be greatly missed.
Editorial By Alan Sircom


Hi-Fi+ June 2024


  As much as I try to avoid the Editorial becoming an Obituary page, sadly, sometimes there is no other option. This month, the audio industry lost two big names; one in the high-end amplifier world, and another at one time the high-end audio retailer.

High-end amplifier designer Milan Karan of Karan Acoustics fame passed away just before the AXPONA Show in Chicago. I spoke to Karan's close friend Branko Bozic of Audiofreaks, "On the 10th of April this year, the high-end audio world lost a precious and gifted designer and artisan when Milan Karan left us at an early age of 58 in his native Novi Sad (Serbia) after a relatively short and ruthless illness. And, much more than that, the world in general and I personally have prematurely lost a good fellow human being, long-standing and close Friend and brother in arms. Instead of Living (Only) Twice, we just live only once... or less.



"I have known Milan Karan since just before the turn of the last century and the current millennium. His very first ‘proper' creation - the KA I 180 integrated amplifier arrived into my life and music room. It did not take long to sense and absorb the enormous sonic potential and already highly musical sound. The rest, as they say, was and will remain history. As we grew to know each other better, less and less needed to be said about how the next, improved, iteration of an existing design or a completely new one, should look, be made or sound. And get even closer to the ever-escaping ultimate musical truth of a live performance. And so it was, from the KA I 180 to the apotheosis of Milan's creative life – the Master Collection of preamplifiers and power amplifiers. Unique just as the person who brought them into life. Life which he could not extend anywhere as much as anyone deserves or should be able to.


Hi-Fi+ June 2024


"Our thoughts and sympathy are with the Karan family and friends. The knowledge Karan Acoustics will firmly live on in capable hands of Milan's son Emil, give an invaluable hope that the unique opus of Milan Karan will be cherished and enjoyed for years to come. RIP."



New York audio retail legend Andrew Singer died on April 21, aged 73. Originally a lawyer by profession, Andy Singer's Manhattan store Sound by Singer (founded in 1977) came to dominate both the New York high-end scene and became hugely influential in high-end circles worldwide. He was well-known as something of a firebrand to manufacturers and end-users alike, although he secretly harboured a heart of gold!



In later years, Andy Singer mellowed, but never lost his love of music and high-performance audio. Both Andy Singer and Milan Karan will be greatly missed.



Alan Sircom, Editor hi-fi+




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