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C. Victor Campos

C. Victor Campos, 84, from Framingham, Massachusetts, an alumnus of Acoustic Research from 1960 until 1963 and again from 1974 until 1979, died on December 11, 2017 after an extended illness.

Victor briefly worked at AR's Music Room in New York in 1959 and later worked in customer services and assisted Ed Villchur with the production of the Live-vs.-Recorded series in the early 1960s.  In 1963, Victor went to competitor KLH Research and Development Corporation to work in customer service and engineering under Henry Kloss, but he returned to AR in 1974 working with the Advanced Development Division's new speakers.  During these years, Victor produced a superb series of FM broadcasts out of Boston, "Adventures in Sound" and "Shop Talk."  These broadcasts were done with master tapes without compression, usually  challenging a FM listener's high-fidelity equipment; i.e., if you did not possess AR heavyweight loudspeakers in your system, you were likely to sense distortion during playback!  These were superb reel-to-reel tapes done on Ampex AG-440 machines and similar high-end transcription recorders.

In the mid 1970s, Victor produced the excellent Neil Grover (drums)/AR-10π live-vs.-recorded demonstrations that showed the extremely capable and accurate reproduction of the AR-10π, especially reproducing the bass drum at high levels.  This was a very difficult demonstration—in ways more difficult than the Fine Arts or Gustavo Lopez demonstrations—requiring enormous amplifier peak levels of over 800 watts per channel to reproduce the peak acoustic levels.  Steve F on this site attended at least one of those demonstrations and can elaborate on the effectiveness of that demonstration.  Much of the credit for the success was due to Victor Campos' understanding of amplifiers, loudspeakers and tape recorders, and he was able to produce excellent results during these LvR demonstrations.

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Before Victor left AR (he was also at Adcom and NAD through the years), he was very instrumental in the development of the AR9 tower loudspeaker.  Initially, Victor wanted the AR9 to be a "powered" speaker complete with built-in amplifiers for woofers, midrange and tweeters, but he was not successful in that quest!  At times, Victor could go overboard: when the AR-10 was being developed, a problem occurred with hinge on the fold-out solid-walnut access door on the front.  It would bind and stick.  Victor wanted to quit "experimenting" and simply cut to the chase: add ball bearings to the hinge!  Of course, this was much too expensive, and a proper hinge was developed which worked well without problems.  His influence was felt!

Victor was an intelligent but sometimes impatient person, yet he accomplished a great deal in the years he was at Acoustic Research and KLH.  He will be greatly missed!

—Tom Tyson  12Dec2017

 

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I met Victor on several occasions during my multi-decade stint in the electronics/speaker biz.

I had an e-mail exchange about Victor's death yesterday with a good friend who worked closely with him at KLH in the mid-60's. Victor had been quite compromised from a stroke last year and when my friend told me he'd died, I said this:

"Much too dynamic an individual to live in a compromised, graceless state.

Wherever he is now, he's driving them nuts boasting about his past accomplishments, making wild predictions of success to come and hitting on all the women. 

That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?"

To which my friend replied, "Yup, I don't think you missed a thing."

The amount of "tribal" undocumented knowledge and stories about the hi-fi biz from the 1950's thru the 1970's that will vanish forever as us 'old guard' dies off is truly staggering.

Steve F.

 

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Victor Campos on the KLH Model Thirty-Three

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As one of the hosts on the Boston WBUR-FM radio show, "Shop Talk," I can attest that Victor had nothing to do with this show apart from occasional appearances as a guest.

 

We did promote his "Adventures In Sound" broadcasts over on WGBH and we all enjoyed them. Thanks for what was otherwise an excellent and accurate tribute. -- E. Brad Meyer

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Oh, yes -- I too attended Victor's live-vs.-recorded demo of the drum kit. He picked a challenging source and conducted the demos in a relatively small room. The percussionist learned to fake his playing so that it really looked like the recorded parts could have been live -- and they sounded live as well. Most people who did not hear the comparison would not credit the accuracy of this reproduction. It was a remarkable feat. -- EBM

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9 hours ago, EBradMeyer said:

As one of the hosts on the Boston WBUR-FM radio show, "Shop Talk," I can attest that Victor had nothing to do with this show apart from occasional appearances as a guest.

 

We did promote his "Adventures In Sound" broadcasts over on WGBH and we all enjoyed them. Thanks for what was otherwise an excellent and accurate tribute. -- E. Brad Meyer

  

Brad, thanks for that clarification on the "Shop Talk" show on WBUR-FM.  I apologize for misstating that detail in my short tribute about Victor Campos; I was actually unsure of his exact participation and relied on something I read from another source.  I was originally aware of  his work on "Adventures in Sound," but I let the two programs run together in my description.

Thanks again,

—Tom Tyson

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