Favorite Genre / Artist: Rock / Pop / Edm/ U2 / Led Zeppelin / Daft Punk / The Doors
Favorite Audio Gear: Audeze LCD-X with Bryston Bha-1
Lives In: Milan, Italy
Francesco Donadel Campbell
"Since my early teens I developed a clear interest in music and I began playing the guitar and the electric bass. In later years my passion for the world of music and its more modern genres pushed my own interests towards high fidelity, digital audio and video."
Why Francesco is an Ambassador
I was born in Padua, Italy, on 17 July 1972. Since my early teens I developed a clear interest in music and I began playing the guitar and the electric bass. In later years my passion for the world of music and its more modern genres pushed my own interests towards high fidelity, digital audio and video. In particular, computer-related music, CD-R burning and the digitalisation of my extensive VHS cassettes archive. Not being able to listen to music at high volumes until late at night I started to share my love of the world of hi-fi and especially professional headphones using over the years various brands and models.
My love for Japanese cartoons led me in 2002 to assume the role of quality control supervisor and DVD project technical coordinator at Shin Vision, a company specialized in the commercialization of products related to Japanese animation. From 2005 to 2013 I covered the role of coordinator and quality control supervisor at SoundnVision, a company based in Milan well placed in the field of video post-production. My love for precision and my natural understanding of issues related to the quality of the video masters for broadcasting and for marketing on DVD, led me to become head of the department of digitization and digital video restoration using Archangel Real-time HD & SD Video Restoration by Snell & Wilcox.
Having clients such as Rai, Sky Italia, Mediaset, Istituto Luce, San Paolo Multimedia and Switzerland TV gave me new light to several cinematographic operas and tv dramas of national repute. Such as: La Piovra series for Rai, animated masterpieces by Bruno Bozzetto, the tv appareances of Quartetto Cetra for Rai Teche, the tv series Le inchieste del commissario Maigret for Rai, the sitcom Three's Company for Sky Italia and the restoration for release on Blu-ray Disc of 1900 by Bernando Bertolucci.
At the same time thanks to my continuous love for digital computer music and for high-end headphone listening systems I created my own small but highly functional audio mastering studio. My friendship with several emerging musicians of Milan independent music scene, and a passion for digital audio related technology has enabled me to work on their music projects with the utmost care, in that dark art called mastering.
I'm currently the editor of chief of www.hdphonic.com, one of the most important hi-fi websites in Italy on a national scale, by writing articles about high-end headphones, headphone amplifiers and DACs.
We Love Francesco because...
Francesco's experience with digital music and HDPhonic is a great source of information for hifi fanatics. We look forward to hearing more from Francesco and other Italian audiophiles alike.