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Gordon Gow
PUBLISHER, TWICE
(1919MAGAZINE
- 1989) (1947 -0000)

igh-quality elevator
music may seem like
an oxymoron, but
improving the aural quality
of Muzak systems led to the
pairing of Gordon Gow and
Frank McIntosh. Together, they
developed a breakthrough circuit
that enabled high-power sound
amplification with low distortion.
That led to the creation of
McIntosh Laboratory Inc.: the
audio equipment manufacturer
that established the high-end
hi-fi and stereo markets.
Gordon Gow was born in
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada,
on September 16, 1919, to Ella
Louise Roy and Walter Frederick
Gow. After graduating high
school in July 1937, he started
his electronics career at CJOC
radio in Calgary, rising to chief
technician and part-time
announcer. In January 1941,
Gordon joined the Royal Canadian
Air Force, where he earned the
rank of flight lieutenant.
During WWII, in January
1943, while assigned to Great
Britain's RAF in West Africa, Gow
was awarded an O.B.E. (Order
of the British Empire) for his
pioneering work on radar signal
propagation and according
to his citation, "devised and
constructed a radio beacon that
enabled aircrews to find convoys
and return to base under the
worst weather conditions."
While stationed in
Washington, DC, in 1944, Gow
met another visionary engineer,

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Gordon Gow and Frank McIntosh
developed a symmetrically
driven balanced output stage that
became known as the "unity
coupled circuit," for which five
patents were granted.

Frank McIntosh. After the war
Gow joined McIntosh's audio
consulting company. At the time,
McIntosh was a partner with
CBS President Frank Stanton
in a local Muzak franchise and
was seeking a high-power lowdistortion amplification solution.
Gow and McIntosh developed
a symmetrically driven balanced
output stage that became
known as the "unity coupled
circuit," for which five patents
were granted. In 1949, McIntosh
founded McIntosh Engineering
Laboratory, in Silver Spring,
MD, and, with Gow as vice
president, built the 50W-1
amplifier, which delivered an

unprecedented 50 watts from
20 hertz to 20,000 hertz at less
than one percent distortion.
As the company's sales
manager, along with a brilliant
engineering staff, Gow directed
the design of all of McIntosh's
audio and speaker equipment
over the next two decades,
championing the use of topnotch test equipment to
ensure the superiority of the
company's products.
After buying an ownership
stake in the company from
McIntosh and being appointed
president in 1977, Gow began
to expand McIntosh's presence
in Far East Asia. In 1979, Gow

met Oki Sugano, president of
the Japanese Audio Society
and editor of Stereo Sound
magazine, which proclaimed
McIntosh's electronics and
XRT20 Loudspeakers the best
in the world, helping to cement
the company's reputation and
popularity along the Pacific Rim.
In 1982, Gow licensed the
new compact disc technology,
resulting in the development
of the MCD7000 McIntosh
Compact Disc Player, bringing
the business into the digital
age and reinvigorating the
company's fortunes.
On the business side, Gow
initiated McIntosh-sponsored
retailer sales and communication
workshops. His desire to improve
the effect of language when
communicating with retailers
and consumers led to Gow
joining the board of directors
for the International Society for
General Semantics (ISGS), and
later becoming vice president.
During his time as vice
president and president,
Gow built the McIntosh brand
into a worldwide phenomenon.
Today, McIntosh tube amplifiers
from the 1960s are sought after
by audiophiles around the world
commanding prices as much
as 50 times their original cost.
Gow traveled the world extolling
McIntosh's brand, and was
known as a mentor, a counselor,
a leader and a visionary.

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