Bascom King

May 9, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness I have to report the passing of one of the great pioneers and innovators in audio. Bascom King.

Bascom passed away last Wednesday from complications of pneumonia. He was 84.

Bascom was one of a kind. He was a close and dear friend.

I first met Bascom because of Infinity founder, Arnie Nudell. Bascom was Infinity’s chief engineer and responsible for not only most all of Infinity’s electronics but overseeing all of its crossovers, servos, and amps.

In later years, Bascom was the designer of our BHK series, the only products ever to be graced with his name. Most of his other work, like for CJ and Constellation, was as a hired gun.

He designed for just about everyone.

We will do a proper memorial in Copper Magazine. At the moment it’s a bit tough to even write these words.

If you want to see Bascom there’s a great video we posted of him at the launch of his BHK amp. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/qoDg5j02LiQ

There’s also an interview series I recorded and you can start with here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKC23lUUv14

Bascom’s final product, the BHK 600, was completed just before his passing. It is his best work. We should be able to release it in the next few months.

Sorry to report such sad news.

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40 comments on “Bascom King”

    1. Hi Paul,

      I was a friend of Bascom’s for 40 Years. We worked together at Beveridge. I was in contact with him daily up until his untimely death. Every day I wake up and miss my 10:00 call in to him to ask “How You Doin?” He was a friend, a mentor and a guide for those years. I miss him. I know he was looking forward to the release of the New Amp, and I think it deserves special regard. His final statement to the audio world.

      -Michael Edwards

  1. Sorry to read about Bascom.

    One of the great traditions in my family is not to mourn the passing, but to celebrate the life. The laughs, the achievements, the time spent together. So fire up the BHK’s and remember your friend.

    Bascom will live on in many hearts and memories.

    My condolences on your personal loss of a great friend.

  2. I was already head over heels with the Constellation amplifiers driving Von Schweikert speakers at the Audio shows when I learned that Bascom was onboard at PSAudio designing something special. I watched with much interest the BHK launch presentation videos featuring Paul, Arnie & Bascom more times than I could count before finally placing my order for a pair of BHK 300 Mono’s. Power and finesse drive my VSA 55’s with ease. I watched the video one more time late last night. RIP Bascom! Can’t wait to hear more about the BHK 600 (stereo or mono). And then their was one!

  3. Truly saddened to learn about this loss. I remember Mr.King as a kind and quiet gentleman from your videos a few years back.

    Thank you Paul for taking care of this community.
    Warm wishes from Helsinki, Finland!
    -Arto

  4. A man of consequence – PS Audio should feel proud that his name graces your best products, and therefore will be carried on in memory.
    Condolences to his family, friends and fans, of which I am one.

    Rest in Peace, Mr. King.

  5. Very sorry for the loss of your old friend. As important as his contributions to audio were, the real importance was his measure as a close friend and colleague. We have very few of those in our lifetime.

  6. Sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Paul. His accomplishments and success in the audio business will live on, inspiring audiophiles the world over!

  7. Bascom was a true gentleman, a wonderful engineer, and mentor.

    The times I spent with him working as a supplier to Infinity, and later on at Harman were remarkable. I learned so much from him. He taught me how to really listen and to correlate design and component changes with perceived sound. No small feat for a stoner from the valley like me.

    Paul, your work with Bascom these last few years is a fitting and well deserved tribute to his genius and memory. Thank you.

    A very generous man with his time, knowledge, and friendship. I’ll see you in the next life Bascom, but hopefully, I’ll be late…

  8. Paul, This is so sad. My heart goes out to his family, you and all of his friends. He was a legend in his own time. I am proud to say that I own both c-j and Constellation amps. He will be missed.

  9. This is very sad news Paul.I truly respect his significant contribution to my own audio journey.
    It will be definitely be a different experience when I play my next recording.

  10. So so sad to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family and PS audios family. I never knew the man but felt I got to know a little of his work and maybe a bit of him through Paul and the utube videos.
    As befits an enduring audio colossus and mentor, his legacy will continue to form part of PS audio future and so never be forgotten.
    In our work, and as a human, what more can a person ask for.

  11. Paul,

    Thank you for being a human being who cares about others. We know how close you were with Arnie Nudell and Bascom King. My condolences to Mr. King’s family and friends,

  12. Condolences Paul,
    I’m very sorry to hear of Bascom’s passing & your loss
    of a good friend on the eve of your 74th birthday.
    My thoughts are with you ✌

  13. Truly a legend and I hope I get to honor him someday by buying one of his Amps.

    This is sad news, but the passage of time shall live on with terrific memories of this amazing innovator. 🙂

    With love.

    Nicholas.

  14. He was such a humble, kind, knowledgeable soul. His answers on the posts were always generous, thoughtful and thorough. His BHKPre is the most transparent I’ve ever heard.

  15. Condolences to you Paul for the loss of another close friend. Also to his family and other friends.

    I only learnt of him through you and his association with PS Audio but it still comes as a shock to learn of his passing. He struck me as one of those people who could live forever and maybe he will through the great legacy he leaves us.

  16. So sorry for your & the rest of the PS Audio’s family for the loss of Bascom H. King. I listened to the Constellation Amplifier while at Axpona this year (don’t remember the Speakers). Of course it sounded wonderful.

    I remember as a kid reading his Equipment Reviews in Audio Magazine in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s.

    There’s a great story in your book about him and a few other famous Audio Engineers.

    Something about “a bowl”……..

  17. Anther wonderful audio guru has passed away. Bascom was a very talented man who I have always admired. My condolences go out to his family

  18. Paul, sad news indeed…
    … part of the life celebration for Bascom is his amazingly long career and legacy in engineering world class amps and now, thanks to you and PS Audio, this should live on for a long time.

    Thoughts go to you, his other friends and family… he certainly came over in the videos you’ve provided us over the years and other audio news media as a great chap; knowledgeable engaging and humble – quite a combination.

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