Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 08:38 AM PDT by Dick Ward

Hecht was also the man behind the design and manufacture of many speaker systems thanks to his OEM company United Speaker Systems.

Bill Hecht, born in 1923, is one of the men responsible for the sound that we know and love today. He started working in the projector industry in the 1950s but in 1955, he found his true calling. Hecht wasn't working due to a strike, and so started making speakers to sell through a local hi-fi dealer. He made one a week and received highly positive reviews which landed him the gig of creating the first Fisher loudspeaker system – the XP-1.

In 1967, Hecht patented his invention of the soft dome tweeter, which has since become the most used tweeter in the industry. His company grew into a major OEM provider, designing and manufacturing speakers for some of the biggest in the business.

Hecht died on September 12th, 2012 after a brief illness and hospital stay. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 14, 2012, 2:00p.m., at Greenlawn Cemetery, 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207, 904.396.2522.

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Tags: United Speaker Systems, Soft Dome Tweeters, Bill Hecht (all tags)