John Koss, headphones pioneer, has died

John Koss, headphones pioneer, has died

The founding father of Milwaukee-based mostly fully Koss Company and the man credited with inventing stereo headphones has died.

John C. Koss died Tuesday, Dec. 21 on the age of 91, based mostly fully on a post on the company’s internet attach.

Koss, a dilapidated chairman of the company that bears his name, started the commercial in Milwaukee in 1953 as a tv rental provider for sanatorium patients.

Consistent with the post it used to be 5 years later that Koss and partner, Martin Lange, Jr. developed the SP/3 Stereophone, which used to be key in launching the stereo headset commerce worldwide.

“Dad loved song and the journey of a are living performance,” said Michael J. Koss, most contemporary chairman and CEO of Koss Company.

 “Like many legendary entrepreneurs, our founder channeled his ardour to assemble a revolutionary product. As of late, it’s fade that his innovation modified the capacity the enviornment listens to song.”

Headphones that the senior Koss  developed obtained endless makes employ of, at the side of in the recording commerce. One such product, the Skilled/4 Sequence turned the legit headphones on the presidential jet, Air Power One, eliciting particular pride.

“As a member of the reserve Air National Guard, it’s stable to enlighten, one of Dad’s proudest moments in commercial used to be when Koss Stereophones turned allotment of the Air Power One in-flight leisure machine,” said Koss’ son.

An MPS alumnus, Koss graduated originate Riverside High College, and earned honorary levels from the Milwaukee College of Engineering and the Clinical College of Wisconsin.

Koss used to be angry about many causes, serving as a director and Chairman of Junior Fulfillment of Southeastern Wisconsin and a director of the Milwaukee College of Engineering. He and his company also helped assemble the Clinical College of Wisconsin’s Koss Listening to and Steadiness Heart, and the Koss Cochlear Implant program, as effectively as the John C. Koss Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology.

Moreover to to a quantity of awards, Koss has been inducted into the Particular person Electronics Corridor of Standing, The Wisconsin Change Corridor of Standing and the Audio Corridor of Standing.

Within the 1970s, he offered WFMR as a technique to assign the space’s ultimate ultimate classical song radio attach.

“Dad used to be a song lover that pushed laborious to retain the ‘Sound of Koss.’ He all the time wanted to ship of us nearer to the song they loved. It’s why he coined the Koss tagline ‘Listening to is Believing’,” said the youthful Koss.

“Search files from any individual who knew my father, and they also’ll insist you he used to be one of a form. He famed himself as an everlasting optimist that never let the rest stand in his capacity. We’re all delighted with his achievements, now now not impartial correct with the Koss Company, nevertheless by the contributions he’s made serving to others. John C. Koss made the enviornment a greater dilemma. We’ll miss him dearly.”

I offered a vogue of headphones from Koss and anytime there used to be a diagram back of any kind, the company all the time eagerly replaced them, no questions asked. That’s a rare guarantee for the time being and one which claims loads about its founder.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the attach he lived except he used to be 17, Bobby obtained his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker’s Point, Bay Behold, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Aspect.

He has printed three non-fiction books in Italy – at the side of one about an match in Milwaukee historical past, which used to be printed in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four extra books, all about Milwaukee, were printed by The Historical past Press.

With his most most contemporary band, The Shout Leaders, Bobby launched four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV’s “Birthday celebration of Five” and “Dawson’s Creek,” and motion photos in Japan, South The US and the U.S. The Shout Leaders had been named the highest unsigned band in their dilemma by VH-1 as allotment of its Rock Correct by The US 1998 Tour. Most now now not too lengthy previously, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a note with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He’s produced three installments of the “OMCD” series of native song compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian song and poetry.

In 2005, he used to be awarded the Metropolis of Asti’s (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that space. He has also obtained awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He would possibly possibly very effectively be heard weekly on 889 Radio Milwaukee speaking about his “Urban Spelunking” series of experiences. 

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