John A. Westlake

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John A. Westlake
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BornJuly 1970
OccupationHi Fi designer

John Alexander Westlake (born July 1970) is a British–Czech Hi Fi designer.

Early life and education[edit]

John Westlake is a son of a Czech mother and a British father. He was born in London but spent his early years in Czechoslovakia. His father was a physicist at the Imperial College in London. He is a self taught Hi Fi designer who didn't received a formal university education and learnt electronics by observing his father's work.[1]

Career[edit]

John Westlake

John Westlake started his Hi Fi career in his early twenties while working for a Hi Fi company Pink Triangle. He designed the Pink Triangle DaCapo digital to analog converter in 1991. He then moved on to working for Cambridge Audio, designing many of their award winning products - Cambridge Audio DACMagic digital to analog converter, CD4, CD4SE, CD6, DAC 123, ISO Magic etc.[2]

He has also been working with semiconductor companies that patent some of his technologies: UK patent on Feedback controller for PWM amplifier, International patent on a signal processing circuit. John Westlake is known for his work on Class D amplifier technology.

John Westlake

In 2008, after years of research and working for semiconductor companies, he started his own company - Lakewest Audio & returned to designing Hi Fi products. He is the designer behind the Peachtree Audio Nova D / A integrated amplifier that was voted a Budget Product of the Year 2009 by Stereophile magazine.[3] Peachtree Audio Decco2 integrated amplifier & the Peachtree Audio iDAC – Tube Hybrid Integrated Amp with "Pure Digital" iPod Dock - voted Stereophile's Products of 2011.[4] His designs also include the Audiolab 8200 CD player – an award winning Best Product of the Year 2010 and Best Product of the Year 2011 by What HiFi Sound & Vision magazine.[5][6]

This was followed by the Audiolab 8200CDQ – an all in one CD player, DAC and pre-amplifier. His most successful addition to the Audiolab product line was the original M-DAC,[7] a standalone D/A converter. M-DAC held What HiFi Sound & Vision magazine award for 4 years consecutive years[8] and became a European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) European Product of the Year 2012-2013.[9]

His latest cooperation involved Pro-Ject PreBox S2 Digital - DAC/Headphone amplifier, European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) European Product of the Year 2017-2018,[10] Pro-Ject DAC Box S2+ and Pro-Ject StreamBox S2 Ultra.

He is currently semi-retired, completing a few crowd funded projects and preparing his Doctorate PhD research based on insight and understanding into an acoustic and system phenomenon observed over his career as an audio designer.

Patents[edit]

Designs[edit]

Brand Product name Awards
Pink Triangle Dacapo
Pink Triangle DC
Pink Triangle Ordinal
Pink Triangle Cardinal
Pink Triangle PIPII Battery PSU
Pink Triangle Anniversy Battery PSU
Cambridge Audio DACMagic MK1,2 & 3
Cambridge Audio CD4
Cambridge Audio CD4SE
Cambridge Audio CD6
Cambridge Audio IsoMagic
Audio Inovations Alto CD player
Audio Inovations TubeTechnology Fusion
KV2 DSD based Delaylines
Quad Electroacoustics Elite FM
Quad Electroacoustics Artera (Streamer Section)
Quad Electroacoustics Solo (Streamer Section)
Peachtree Audio Nova
  • Stereophile's Products of 2009[11]
Peachtree Audio iDecco
  • Stereophile's Products of 2011[12]
Peachtree Audio iNova
Peachtree Audio iDac
  • Stereophile's Products of 2011 JOINT BUDGET COMPONENTS OF THE YEAR[13]
Warwick (company) BC20 Bass Amp designed with Jonas Hellborg
Warwick (company) BC40 Bass Amp designed with Jonas Hellborg
Warwick (company) BC80 Bass Amp designed with Jonas Hellborg
Warwick (company) BC150 Bass Amp designed with Jonas Hellborg
Audiolab 8200CD
  • 2010: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - 5 Star Award[14]
  • 2010: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - Product of The Year - CD player[15]
  • 2010: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - Group Test Winner[16]
  • 2010: Hi Fi Choice - Recommended Award and 5 stars[17]
  • 2010: TechRadar[18]
  • 2011: Hi Fi Choice - 5-Star Award - Best CD Player up to £1,000[19]
  • 2012: BBC Music Magazine - 5 Star and product of year[20]
  • 2012: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - 5-Star Award[21]
  • 2013: Hi-Fi Choice Group test winner[22]
Audiolab 8200CDQ
  • 2011: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - 5-Star Award(first tests)[23]
  • 2011: Hi-Fi World - 5-Globe Award[24][25]
  • 2011: Hi-Fi Choice - Recommended Award - Best CD Player up to £1,000[26]
  • 2012: Hi-Fi Choice 5 star Award[27]
Audiolab 8200DQ
Audiolab MDAC
  • 2011: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Product Of The Year[28]
  • 2011: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - 5 Star Award[29]
  • 2012: Hi-Fi Choice - 5 Star Award[30]
  • 2012: Hi-Fi Choice - Editors Choice[31]
  • 2012: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Best Digital Headphone Amp[32]
  • 2012: Hi-Fi News - Outstanding Product[33]
  • 2012: EISA Awards 2012-13 - European D/A Converter[34]
  • 2013: Hi-Fi Choice - Group Test Winner[35]
  • 2013: Hi-Fi Choice - 5 Globe Award[36]
  • 2013: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - Product of they Year - Best DAC £500-£700.[37]
  • 2014: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - - Product of they Year - Best DAC £500 - £700[38]
  • 2015: What Hi-Fi? Sound And Vision - 5* Recommended Laptop System (with Grado SR325E / Macbook Air)[39]
Creek Audio EVOLUTION 100CD (CD Servo, front panel, FM Tuner section)
Pro-Ject PreBox S2 Digital
  • 2017: EISA Awards - Best Product - EISA DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2017-2018[41]
  • 2018: Stereoplay Test - Outstanding Performance[42]
Pro-Ject HeadBox S2
Pro-Ject DAC Box S2+
Pro-Ject StreamBox S2 Ultra
  • 2018: EISA AWARDS - Best Poroduct - EISA STREAMER 2018-2019[43]

References[edit]

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  40. ^ "EVOLUTION 100CD". Creek Audio. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
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  42. ^ "Stereoplay reviews the Tube Box S2". Project Audio. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  43. ^ "EISA STREAMER 2018-2019". EISA. Retrieved 17 August 2018.