Many short-sighted critics who don’t know anything about the company, its history, the man who founded it, or the products themselves, nevertheless are not in the least bit shy about expressing their beliefs that Peter isn’t a sincere audio engineer. Or that he isn’t an audio engineer at all! That’s because they’ve only heard of him through the “weird tweaks” that make the fuzzies on the back of their necks stand up. Even then, they are often merely regurgitating what their fellow peers have said to them about Mr. Belt.
Peter has always been sincere in his efforts, and is a very pragmatic, down-to-earth fellow in his approach. Not unlike most audio engineers. He started his career in engineering as a radio engineer in service to the Royal Air Force. He went into audio following that, and for 30 years, worked in conventional audio retailing and marketing, manufacturing his own line of audio equipment at the high end of the spectrum. By the late 70’s, P.W.B. Electronics was producing absolutely state-of-the-art high end audio designs for the products they were manufacturing – pushing high end audio into new territory, with the design of their Dyna-X orthodynamic headphones and loudspeaker systems. All bearing the “PWB Electronics” name. In fact, P.W.B. Electronics were the only manufacturer in the U.K. producing electrostatic headphones.
Their work also included the Strathearn orthodynamic panel speaker, electrostatic headphones and interface units, and microphone technology. Both Peter and his wife May have been involved in audio for 52 years, and Peter Belt is still actively involved in audio research today, in 2007. Which means he has been tackling the problems that prevent good sound for well over 50 years now! That’s more than can be said for many engineers from his time, who with the widespread acceptance of home theatre, ipods and computers replacing proper sound systems, have given up on the idea of high fidelity. So despite the attempts from his shallow critics to define and redefine him, it’s probably safe to say he has forgotten more than they know about audio.
Throughout the 70’s, Peter Belt designed highly ambitious state-of-the-art systems, like the one you see above. Whether it was speaker, headphone, microphone products or otherwise, Peter was always attempting to produce the very best designs of whatever genre he was working in, rather than settling in with the majority of the competition. Who themselves were often competing with off-shore brands of audio, to cater to the average audio consumer. PWB’s electronic products were very well reviewed and respected, and rated very highly next to their competition. In the case of their orthodynamic speakers, as the article included outlines, the only real competition they had was the famous Quad electrostatics! All of the articles in this category present some of Peter’s conventional designs, and reviews. I hope they will give insight to some into the talents of one of the most talented (and yet little-appreciated) audio engineers we’ve seen!
P.W.B. Electronics – Orthodynamic Tower speakers, P.W.B. Natural Sound Connection Box (for STAX electrostatic headphones),
BBC Radio broadcast transcript: comparing the leading edge technology of P.W.B.’s state-of-the-art “DynaX-100” loudspeaker system, against the best of its day (ranked as its only possible competitor!) – Quad electrostatics.
Popular Hi-Fi, October 1979. Article discussing P.W.B. Electronic’s revolutionary orthodynamic technology, applied to their DynaX-100 loudspeaker system.
· the advanced audiophile
I’m starting to change my way of thinking about the so-called “Belt phenomenon”. Starting to realize that, there is no “Belt phenomenon” as such. And its wrong for me to think about it in those terms. Yes, there’s a “Belt phenomenon”, in that Peter Belt discovered this hitherto unknown(?) scientific(full article)
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius GOD IS IN THE DETAILS Beltism teaches us that there is a Zen approach necessary, if you are interested in following the path to audio Nirvana. In that sense, Peter Belt is like a solitary Buddhist monk(full article)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, a group of elite Jedi fighters were training to use a mysterious “force”, to aid them in their quest for security and a better life…..
…On this planet, not so many years ago (roughly 10), I embarked on a series of audio experiments that involved aligning slotted screws on light switch plates (link), so that they were 180 degrees vertical. This was, naturally, an idea from Peter Belt, of P.W.B. Electronics. One which I sought to validate or invalidat
Ok, so I’m taking a break from the World of Beltism to explore the World of Chi Fi, to get into some serious earphoning. (Don’t get excited, it’s only temporary). Here, I undertake a major, comprehensive, multi-product review of an array of VLPE’s (Very Low Priced Earphones!). aka “in-ear monitors”, aka(full article)
Now here’s what may sound like an unusual theory… of which I have no doubt, no conventional thinker will believe. Even if they can claim tens of years of experience in audio. If you fit that bill and just react with amusement… then great. Call me the new “Cartoons on(full article)
This review of P.W.B.’s “Morphic Link Bookmark” can be considered “Part 2” of my review on the “Morphic Link Paper Clips”, from P.W.B. Electronics. Particularly as this new device followed that one in series, and both follow the same concept: “linking or breaking patterns of morphic resonance”, as the instruction(full article)