High Fidelity (magazine)

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High Fidelity
Circulation 327,000 at closure in 1989
First issue April 1951 (1951-04)
Final issue July 1989
Company ABC Consumer Magazines
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0018-1455
For other uses, see High fidelity (disambiguation).

High Fidelity was an American magazine that was published from April 1951 until July 1989 and was a source of information about high fidelity audio equipment, video equipment, audio recordings, and other aspects of the musical world, such as music history, biographies, and anecdotal stories by or about noted performers.

In 1974, Billboard sold High Fidelity and Modern Photography magazines to the magazine division of the American Broadcasting Companies for $9 million.[1][2] At the time of the sale, High Fidelity and Modern Photography had circulations of 260,000 and 470,000 respectively.

Until 1981, its editorial offices were located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In January of that year, its parent company, ABC Consumer Magazines, began moving the publication's operations to New York City, a process that was completed in about a year. In 1989, ABC sold High Fidelity and its sister publication Modern Photography to Diamandis Communications (now Hachette Filipacchi Media), which merged its subscriber list with that of Stereo Review magazine.[3][4] (Stereo Review transformed into the present Sound and Vision magazine in 2000.) High Fidelity and Modern Photography had circulations of 327,000 and 689,000 respectively by the time these magazines were shut down by Diamandis.


Musical America magazine merged with High Fidelity in 1964. Musical America was subsequently owned by Billboard, Capital Cities/ABC, Gerry M. Ritterman, Primedia Information, Commonwealth Business Media, and UBM Global Trade.

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