Allen Boothroyd

Allen Boothroyd (1943–2020) was a British industrial designer.


Boothroyd trained as a mechanical engineer and went on to study industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He was the co-founder and Design Director of Meridian Audio (Previously known as Boothroyd-Stuart) and founded Cambridge Product Design Ltd.[1] Meridian, established in 1977, won the Design Council Award for Outstanding British Product an unprecedented three times.[2]

Allen Boothroyd’s contributions to the world of Hi-Fi and industrial design are immense. World renowned, the audio designer was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and died in February 2020.[3][4]


Early landmarks in Boothroyd's career were his cabinet designs for the Lecson AC1 pre-amp and AP1 power amplifier which he produced in 1974.[5] The Lecson hi-fi is now in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.[6][7] The Lecson Audio System was selected as one of the important representations of British technological and design innovation to have taken place between two London-hosted Olympic Games.[7]

In 1981, he provided the case design for the BBC Micro, the computer used in the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project.[6][8] He also worked on the design for the RiscPC computer.[9]

Pioneer commissioned Boothroyd to produce a unique appearance for its new surround-sound speaker system. His design was used in the Pioneer Elite Reference speaker system.[10]

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  1. ^ RV Veera (21 July 1999). "Continuous Quality Boost at Meridian". New Straits Times. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Premier Products from Britain". New Straits Times. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ May, Steve (9 June 2020). "Allen Boothroyd, co-founder of Meridian Audio, dies". Inside CI.
  4. ^ "Allen Boothroyd 1943-2020". Meridian Audio. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Lecson". July 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  6. ^ a b Warman, Matt (21 April 2012). "The great sound of Britain". Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b Osborn, George (3 April 2012). "Meridian founders and Sinclair graduate to the V&A". Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  8. ^ Erol Gelenbe and Jean-Pierre Kahane (16 March 2009). "Fundamental Concepts in Computer Science". Imperial College Press. ISBN 9781848162914. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  9. ^ Burley, Ian (June 1994). "Acorn RISC PC 600" (PDF). Personal Computer World. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  10. ^ Thomas J. Norton (19 March 1999). "Pioneer Elite Reference Loudspeaker System". Stereophile. Retrieved 25 April 2012.

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