Ohm for Sale

I hope this is not the end……




Against the backdrop of potentially bad news for the Ohm brand, the comment from the author of the article that "Devore Fidelity...might be one of the few [high-end speaker manufacturers] actually growing in a shrinking market" was encouraging to read.  As Devore is a privately held company, I suspect the author doesn't know this for sure, but it validates the general environmental sense that indeed Devore is growing.  I hope this is true because in addition to being a happy Devore customer, I also appreciate the entrepreneurial story of the company John Devore built.  If Ohm does indeed fade away, the founders of Ohm can always have the satisfaction of knowing they had a great company that built terrific products - and that others like Devore are following in their footsteps.


John Henry Strohbeen III

Received this email from Ohm Acoustics.

Dear Audiophiles, Artists, Engineers, Designers, Friends, Contemporaries,  and Associates of John Henry Strohbeen III,

We are sad to share that John passed away recently in his adopted home town of Brooklyn, New York.   He left too soon.  He  was an avid audiophile and  engineer who was continuously  working to innovate and improve his products, and he had unfinished designs on his desk, unwritten emails to send, and unknown  listeners he looked forward to meeting. 

To those of you who knew him, and knew of his passion for perfection in loudspeakers, and his legendary role in the history of the development of high fidelity audio equipment in the United States, we know he will be missed, and we invite you to share your stories about John.  You can go to Facebook and remember John to the world. 


Did you call him on the phone and share your interests with him?  Did you enjoy listening to his rumbling basso as he patiently explained the newest developments in the Walsh Technology?  Perhaps you worked with him designing new speakers, or met him at a trade show.  Maybe you bought an original  pair of Ohm speakers from Tech Hi-Fi, and have loved them for years.   Perhaps you recently found a pair of Ohm speakers at a yard sale, discovered John could repair them, and you were hooked on Hi-Fi when you learned how amazing his speakers could sound.  Maybe you opted for an upgrade as you learned about sound stage and imaging, the watts of your amplifier, or the range of response, and you remember that it was John who opened your ears to the possibilities of HI-Fidelity reproduction.  Share your experience, and help to keep John's memory alive.  John is no longer with us, but his genius will stay with us in the beauty and precision of his wonderful loudspeakers.


There is much to know about John's life and work, and much was recorded in his newsletters and articles that are here  on the Ohm Website:


 Explore them, and remember John.

We at the Ohm Acoustics family appreciate all of the support shown by the thousands of happy listeners who enjoyed our Speakers.  Some of us have been with Ohm for over 50 years, many have come and gone, and some have only just arrived, but all of us came to Ohm because of John Strohbeen, and were captured by his vision and entrepreneurial spirit.  We too will miss him.

Think of him the next time you enjoy a pair of Ohm speakers.

Good listening!

Ohm Acoustics

Story: I bought a pair of Ohm F's in the early 70's. At the time they were $1000 a pair. Well I went into the Navy so they stayed at my Mom's place. When I finally got settled in Corpus Christi NAS. I brought them with me. I had a bad case of too much bass and blew both of them. I was going back to Ma on leave and brought them with me and had a friend along with with me hitching a ride to Long Island. So he helped me nav to Taaffe Place in Brooklyn. I parked my van and carried them upstairs. Since they were still under warranty I got a free ride. They took mine and gave me replacements. LOL they said the next time I blow them out of warranty it would be $500 for the repairs. I kept them another 2 years then sold them. If Subs were prevalent back then I would have bought one. 

I hope whoever  purchases Ohm continues the Legacy.