Golden Ear records
Throughout the book, there are overviews of Golden Ear records released during the last seven decades. Ortofon’s origination of the phrase ‘golden ear’ is described in detail in Chapter Three. In brief, when developing new models of cartridges, Ortofon engineers have always relied on particular albums to evaluate the potential of prototypes.
Ortofon’s Chief Officer of Acoustics and Technology, Leif Johannsen, and the author, Kevin Howlett, have made their Golden Ear choices based not only on the musical excellence and significance of each LP, but also the high quality of its sound. In addition to many well-known audiophile classics, there are some esoteric personal favourites in their selection.
The number of Golden Ear titles was limited to 100 for this book. Of course, many more could have been highlighted.