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    Wes was a good friend for many years until ill health took the better of him for the last couple of years. I first met Wes back in the '80s when he worked at Tower Records and we became fast friends because of our love of music and audio. Wes later went on to work at Innovative Audio in Brooklyn and then Stereo Exchange. Four years after Wes wrote for me and The Audiophile Voice, Wes joined Stereophile magazine where he served as Deputy Editor to John Atkinson and a contributor for 16 years. Wes been in ill health for a number of years but it was still shocking to hear of his passing today.

    Our friendship led to his writing for me when I was the editor of the very first issue of The Audiophile Voice and his very first published audio pieces.

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    The world and the audio community is a lot poorer today with the loss of Wes. My condolences go out to his wife Joan and family.





    Sad news: We heard this morning that Wes Phillips, who was Stereophile's deputy editor 1995–1999 and a valued contributor 2000 to 2011, passed away yesterday morning after several years of chronic ill heath. Wes (right) is shown here at his leaving lunch, 1/1/99 with (L–R) music editor Robert Baird, then-publisher Larry Archibald, and editor John Atkinson. Wes is survived by his wife Joan. We will post more information as it becomes available.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    Sorry to hear about this, Myles. I knew Wes had some serious health issues a while ago. I was never close with him, but certainly encountered him in the past. It tells you that our time here is truly finite- live life like you stole it!

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    • #3
      I only knew of him from reading his great articles in Stereophile, but will miss him just the same. RIP
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      • #4
        Sad to hear, RIP

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        • #5
          Oh that is no good. 2016 is a shocking year.

          I met him once at T.H.E SHOW at Las Vegas at the NFS room after the show had finished for the day. He was pretty drunk as was I. We had a good funny chat about life, reviewing and audiophiles for about 20 minutes. He seemed like a pretty nice guy that did not take himself too seriously, unlike ome audiophiles .

          RIP Wes

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          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            Wes was always down to earth but a veritable encyclopedia of musical knowledge. He also was an excellent writer! I doubt anyone ever had to edit Wes' pieces.

        • #6
          Very sad news
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          • #7
            Bummer. RIP Wes.
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            • #8
              sad indeed. RIP Wes.
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              • #9
                Wes' writing was a staple of my formative audio years. Go with God Wes.

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                • #10
                  RIP Wes...
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                  • #11
                    Wes was one of my favs. Always enjoyed his writings and what he was listening to. May he rest in peace and my thoughts and prayers to his wife and family.
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                    • #12
                      RIP, Wes. Enjoyed your reviews for many years.
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                      • #13
                        RIP Wes.

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