Jim Fosgate spent decades pursuing perfect sound
ParkRecord.com reports that Emmy-award winner Jim Fosgate is on a quest, almost spiritual, to find the perfect sound. It has, to say the least, consumed him for most of his life. From rags to riches and back again more than once, the soft-spoken audio designer has endured. Like the literary Don Quixote, Fosgate chased his own impossible dream, tilting at his own windmills for decades. During a recent interview at his home/sound lab in nearby Heber, the legendary, Emmy award-winning surround-sound pioneer reflected on his journey.
He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of a radio and television repairman. “My dad was brilliant,” says Fosgate. “He built the first television and antenna in Indianapolis from spare parts. He really understood what made radios sound good. I must have inherited it from him, but I understood electronics and audio just like I was born with it. It was normal and natural to me, like it was already programmed into me. He taught me a lot, how to be a seat-of-the-pants designer who could think and figure things out.”