Maxxsonics USA has announced the passing of Helmut Richard Leo Stieglitz, the founder of Hifonics.
From a small booth at the 1980 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Stieglitz and the Hifonics team launched their first amplifier called Series I. Maxxsonics USA, who purchased the Hifonics brand in 2001, said it was a vision that created a lifestyle.
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,” Stiefel said.
Stieglitz and his Hifonics engineering team delivered more power than any mobile audio amplifier line being produced in the early 1980s, the company said, adding that it remains one of the most recognizable family of amplifiers available in car audio.
Stieglitz is survived by a large family including his wife Beverly, five children and ten grandchildren.