LFD Audio

On February 6th 2017 I closed the doors for the final time, without regret and without nostalgia. I have left HiFi retail to pursue other interests and will not be returning. 41 years is long enough!

Other than mopping up outstanding sales and administration issues with the customer base, that’s it – other than to say that to my surprise, dozens of unsolicited emails arrived in response. Too many to publish in full here and so what follows is an illustrative set. I thank you all most sincerely.

Howard Popeck


Today I received the news of your retirement from audio retailing.

It saddened me greatly.

However I can appreciate its frustrating nature and you deserve to be at peace.

Not only were you a solid, dependable and trusted confidant in the fickle escape of audio, but I greatly enjoyed our communication.

I sincerely hope our connection endures.

I wish you the very best in the next chapter of your life.


Howard,

We only communicated one time, and that was recently. Frankly, I was somewhat surprised that you responded so quickly. Your insight was practical, useful, and refreshingly honest, particularly on the points to which you didn’t have an informed opinion to give.

I hope there is some way we can cross paths again in the future. While I hope you will stay involved with LFD in some manner, I wish you nothing but the best going forward.

Thanks so much for all your help.


Dear Howard,

Though saddened to learn you are retiring from retail audio, I am so happy to know you through your advice, articles, and most important the direction you gave me when purchasing the LFD integrated and speaker cables many years ago AND they continue to serve me well!!!!

The best always to you, and your family in this new and exciting endeavor.


Hi Howard

Best of luck to you. Since welcoming me into the world of Listen Carefully or Stereonow (I don't remember which it was at the time), I have never purchased anything from you. And yet, at no cost to myself, I have enjoyed the benefit of your huge personal experience and audio philosophy, in informing my own audio knowledge and attitude, through your online pages. And I have enjoyed our occasional email correspondence. I just hope that being one of the thousands of page visitors is better than nothing for you.


Hi Howard,

All the best for the future, am sure I will be living with my LFD gear for the rest of my days. Am pleased in the end that I didn't sell my DLS, it really is a perfect match for the PA2M (SE). Thanks for your advice in the past, and of course for relieving my wallet for some well-thought-out upgrades.


Hi Howard,

Just came across your farewell… Thank you for everything you've done in the name of lfd!


Hi Howard,

Sorry to hear that you are retiring. You may not remember but I bought the first black Stax Omega system in the U.K. back in 2004 when you were running Simply Stax. It was a great pleasure doing business with you and your customer service was the best I have experienced. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.


Dear Howard

I'm not surprised you're receiving all these lovely, complimentary emails - I remember buying my first 'real' Hi Fi system from you many, many years ago when you were based in your house in Palmers Green - it was a Meridian 101/103/104 & M2s and cost a fortune (to me) at the time, but it was a brilliant system and since then, I've been a loyal Meridian user and have had wonderful listening pleasure over the years, so thanks to you for pointing me in the right direction and opening up my ears!


Hello Howard,

Thank you for sending me the email. Good luck with your publishing venture. Thank you for the help you gave me a few years back and the knowledge you passed on.


Hi Howard

Best of luck to you. Since welcoming me into the world of Listen Carefully or Stereonow (I don't remember which it was at the time), I have never purchased anything from you. And yet, at no cost to myself, I have enjoyed the benefit of your huge personal experience and audio philosophy, in informing my own audio knowledge and attitude, through your online pages. And I have enjoyed our occasional email correspondence. I just hope that being one of the thousands of page visitors is better than nothing for you.


Hello Howard,

Sorry to learn of this but completely accept your position.

Thank you for all guidance and patience in helping me realise my musical goals, the LFD equipment has - since the first week in my possession –m continually allowed me great insight and delight in musical reproduction.


Thank you Howard for your unbiased and free advice, good luck in all you do.


Dear Howard.

I fully understand where you are coming from and I think we all need to make similar considerations in our lives. I'm very happy with my lfd amplification and see no reason to change it - ever ! I just need to find the right speaker to fit the high value amps and my room.

Thanks for the reply and again my best wishes. It was a pleasure dealing with you, albeit briefly, as a retailer! It was even more a privilege having you as a friend and correspondent.

Wish you luck


Thank you Howard for your unbiased and free advice, good luck in all you do.


…and I bought a pair of Eminent Technology LFT8B loudspeakers from you in 2010 and, I must say, that they have proven to be outstanding, I’m truly sorry to see you go, there are too few dealers of true integrity in the audio world, so to see one closing his doors for the last time, is sad, and bad news for the Industry.

I fondly remember your shop at Mornington Crescent Station in the mid 1980s, as an Aladdin's cave of wonderful audio and, when visiting Camden market, would always walk down to peer enviously through the windows.

I hope that you are successful in your new venture. Best wishes for the future.


Howard,

Sorry to hear this, i really appreciated your help


Hello Howard,

Sorry to learn of this but completely accept your position.

Thank you for all guidance and patience in helping me realise my musical goals, the LFD equipment has - since the first week in my possession -continually allowed me great insight and delight in musical reproduction.


Howard, all the best. Thanks for all your help if my purchases. Hope you now have more time to enjoy the music you like. See you soon.


I just read your email and I am sorry to read you are leaving the retail end of HiFi.

You probably don’t remember, but I sold a pair of PA2M's to your good self back in 2009 from here in Ireland. You were a true gentleman to do business with and I am still using the pair of LFD Inter-connectors you thoughtfully sent to me.

May I wish you all the best in your new venture in publishing and I will take the time out to take a look at your magazine


I remember you many years ago when I bought my KRELL, It has since gone to the great hifi heaven, now all I have is a digital nothingness 11 thank you for the first introduction into my Krell - the best amp I know… best wishes for your future


Hi Howard

I only called upon you once and bought some Stax, but you were very welcoming into your home. A good innings but the bat has to be hung up sometime, hope you enjoy your new venture.