In 1979, Renkus-Heinz began in earnest when Harro Heinz and Algis Renkus registered the corporation in California. A few years later, Heinz bought his partner out of the business and went on to build a visionary organization that changed the way we experience sound.
Thanks to Heinz’ innovations and inventions, Renkus-Heinz became – and remains – synonymous with premium sound to this day.
Harro’s son, Ralph Heinz, joined the company early on as a trained mechanical engineer who Harro says “has a natural talent for understanding acoustics.” Patents for innovations such as TRAP (True Array Principle) and CoEntrant technologies reflect the truth of that statement.
Ralph is also credited with developing some of the most advanced digital beam steering solutions on the market today. Renkus-Heinz developed the very first Unibeam – an algorithm that crafts asymmetric beams and utilizes the entire array for all frequencies. This allowed for louder beams that could be cast further in a room – and allowed for a more manageable setup.
These innovations, along with other unique concepts like Complex Conic horns and Reference Point Arrays, are the foundation of Renkus-Heinz’ well-established reputation for sonic excellence today.
Today, Harro Heinz is joined at work by three generations of the Heinz family and is involved in all aspects of the business: from engineering to manufacturing – each of which still occurs in-house at the Orange County headquarters. The company also continues to maintain a familial work atmosphere, with 20- and 30-year work anniversaries considered normal occurrences.
In December 2019, Renkus-Heinz co-founder Harro Heinz turned 90 years old. After his 90th birthday party, he discussed a few components of his vision for the future of the company: