Pearson established the idea of the absolute sound, that the best quality replay of natural well recorded classical and non electronic music should approach, by instinctive and experienced judgement, the natural sound itself. He defined a rich vocabulary of subjective terms for reproduced sound to help communicate an understanding and appreciation of sound quality variations. He commissioned what may be the longest published review of a turntable ever, 35 pages of TAS on the technology and sound quality of the Goldmund Reference, a review I could not have written without his guiding example. His contribution to subjective high end audio reviewing and journalism has been immense, arising from a deep love and understanding of live classical music.
[17 November 2014: Correction made from Pulitzer prize 'winning' to 'reportedly' and 'nominated'.]