Sadly, Dr. Amar Bose who is credited with bringing quality sound to everything from the radio to the car, passed away this Friday at the age of 83.
He founded his company close to 50 years ago, after purchasing a stereo and finding the sound quality lacking. His products were based on acoustic research at MIT.
He determined that most electronics speakers didn’t account for the sound waves that radiated off of walls, ceilings, or in the case of the car: glass, upholstery and plastic surfaces.
Bose’s first car OEM systems were presented to General Motors in 1979 and an agreement was reached with GM’s Delco for $13 million in research to adapt audio systems to the interior of a car. Bose then created a joint venture with GM to design and manufacture car audio systems for select Cadillac, Buick and Oldsmobile models. That led to deals with Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Audi, Mercedes Benz and Mazda.
The car OEM business eventually became a fourth of Bose’s global sales.
For more on Dr. Bose see Boston Magazine.