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RIP Roger B. Hassing of RBH Sound 1946-2023

by January 24, 2023
Roger B. Hassing RBH Sound

Roger B. Hassing RBH Sound

Roger B. Hassing 1946-2023

RBH Sound Roger & GeneRoger Hassing, founder and original owner of RBH Sound, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 22 in Layton Utah with his sister Jacque at his side. Roger began his venture in loudspeaker manufacturing in the early 1970's in the Los Angeles area by supplying loudspeaker components and enclosures to other loudspeaker manufacturers in the area. In 1976, he founded RBH Sound Laboratories and started manufacturing speakers which were sold through local retail stereo stores in California. In the early 1980's the company moved to Salt Lake city, Utah where RBH speakers became the best selling loudspeaker brand for Inkley's Electronics, a retailer with multiple locations throughout Utah . By the early 1990's, Roger had grown the company to the point he was doing business internationally. In the early 2000's, the success of the business required a new 45,000 square foot facility he built in Layton Utah, where the company continues operations under the direction of owner Todd Stewart. Throughout the years of doing business, Roger considered RBH Sound a family operated business, though he never married or had children of his own. He considered his employees his family, and encouraged regular round table discussions, giving ample opportunity for input from employee's as to how the business was to be operated. Roger had an incredible passion for making great performing loudspeaker products that could be sold successfully by his dealer and distributor network throughout the world, and considered anyone who was an RBH customer, part of his extended family. Roger B. Hassing (RBH) possessed a contagious enthusiasm for sharing the joy great sounding speakers could bring into peoples lives and will be forever remembered by those whose lives were touched by his passion for excellence.

Remembering Roger

RBH Sound SVTRSI will always remember something Roger said to me one night at dinner while attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

 "truth has become a marketable commodity"

- Roger B. Hassing

 And, this truth was why he was so fond of the editorial coverage Audioholics.com has provided in our industry. Truth is how Roger operated his business of designing and speccing loudspeakers.

I was always impressed in how RBH Sound, under Roger's leadership, pushed audio quality above all else when designing their products. They were big fans of no-compromise designed large monolithic speakers that may not have always had mass market appeal but where fan favorites among passionate audiophiles with understanding wives.  I'm happy to see Todd Stewart continue this tradition as evident by their current UNRIVALED series of products like the SVTRS Active Loudspeaker System.

 

jiggahits posts on January 26, 2023 16:47
gene, post: 1588210, member: 4348
https://www.audioholics.com/news/roger-b.-hassing-rbh-sound
Roger was a great man. I knew him personally, though not well. The times I interacted with him were genuine. My house is full of RBH speakers and amps not only because of the superb quality, but because Roger won me over. RIP, fine sir.
Danzilla31 posts on December 04, 2022 16:14
AcuDefTechGuy, post: 1580913, member: 26997
RBH Demo.

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Ahhhhh I remember this video. Gene confirmed those surrounds and wides were the SV-821R! Ohhhhhhhhh beam me up Scotty I want me some!!!!
flyboylr45 posts on December 04, 2022 02:49
AcuDefTechGuy, post: 1581451, member: 26997
My “living room” is so open that it is over 15,000 CF (no walls or doors within this 15,000CF). And that’s not even counting the 8,000+ CF “kitchen area” OPEN next to it (separated by a 9’ W X 13’ H wall).

And I only have 2 x SV1212N subs.

Smaller house might be okay as long as the HT room is giant.

My wife wants us to move to Orange County since that’s where most of our houses are.

I told her even those $3 million houses in OC look like crap to me. But I might be okay with a smaller house as long as I can build my big-a$$ HT room.

But close to “work”? What’s that? Your “work” is 40,000 FT above the ground.

Actually, I spend most of my time nowadays in the training center. 15 minute drive.

I love the look of your house. Hard to find that in central Florida with that big a lot and close to the airport.

I wouldn’t go to CA unless it’s Napa Valley.
AcuDefTechGuy posts on December 03, 2022 08:56
flyboylr45, post: 1581438, member: 21927
That’s like an 18,000 cubic foot room!!! I want a smaller house… I value being close to work way too much..
My “living room” is so open that it is over 15,000 CF (no walls or doors within this 15,000CF). And that’s not even counting the 8,000+ CF “kitchen area” OPEN next to it (separated by a 9’ W X 13’ H wall).

And I only have 2 x SV1212N subs.

Smaller house might be okay as long as the HT room is giant.

My wife wants us to move to Orange County since that’s where most of our houses are.

I told her even those $3 million houses in OC look like crap to me. But I might be okay with a smaller house as long as I can build my big-a$$ HT room.

But close to “work”? What’s that? Your “work” is 40,000 FT above the ground.
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