Libertyville, IL-– Maxxsonics USA announced the passing of Helmut Richard Leo Stieglitz the visionary founder of Hifonics.
Mr. Stieglitz never could have known that his vision of car audio amplifiers that were higher power, superior build quality and noticeably better sounding would still be inspiring enthusiasts, installers and retailers more than 35 years later.
From a small 10’ x 10’ booth at the 1980 Consumer Electronics Show (pictured above) in Las Vegas, Mr. Stieglitz and the Hifonics team launched a product, a brand and a lifestyle with their first amplifier called Series I, that were built in South Africa. By 1982 manufacturing had been moved to the USA when the brand really began its meteoric rise to fame.
Mr. Stieglitz passed away last week.
Maxxsonics USA purchased the Hifonics brand in 2001. Alden Stiefel, President and CEO of Maxxsonics said, “Helmut was a very smart, friendly and warm person. He often called me to check up on his brand. He loved the Hifonics brand and the people who had come to be passionate about the music it produced.”
“Helmut will be missed. His vision and marketing acumen still drives the strategy of Hifonics today,” said Steifel.
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