Cello and Mark Levinson Designer/Engineer, Tom Colangelo, Dies in Car Accident
The lead designer behind many of the best audio products in the history of audiophile equipment, Tom Colangelo, died in mid-September in a single car accident. Colangelo was 58 years old.
Colangelo was best known for his design work at the Mark Levinson company, and later with Levinson’s Cello brand. His designs included the Stradivari line of loudspeakers for Cello, the Cello Audio Suite modular preamp and many of Cello’s power amplifiers. Colangelo was well known for designing, with guidance from Dick Burwen, the $25,000 Cello Audio Palette equalizer. This analog EQ was to audiophile components what a Patek Philippe watch is to timepieces, including the audio components use of 59 position attenuators, which were clearly inspired by fine timepieces. The Cello Audio Palette is still one of the most sought-after, vintage audiophile components, as it is used frequently in top-of-the-line music playback, recording and mastering systems worldwide.
“Tom was a one-off, Van Gogh-type genius who was so emotionally connected to his work that one could not really say where the man ended and the work began” Mark Levinson told AVRev.com. “There will never be another Audio Palette. Never. And like a Jascha Heifitz or John Coltrane, he will be remembered but never replaced.”