The US-American designer Henry Kloss was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1929. He was a student in physics at the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), but never received a degree. Kloss was a prominent audio engineer and businessman who helped advance high fidelity loudspeaker and radio receiver technology beginning in the 1950s. He was responsible for a number of innovations, including the acoustic suspension loudspeaker and the high fidelity cassette deck. Kloss was one of the first inductees into the Consumer Electronics Association's Hall of Fame. In 1997 he earned an Emmy Award for his development of a projection television system, the Advent Video Beam 1000.
In 1952 Kloss together with Edgar Villchur co-founded the audio equipment manufacturing company Acoustic Research Corporation (AR). Together they developed the AR Model 1, which was the first commercial acoustic suspension loudspeaker.
Kloss began his custom of eponymous products by lending his last name's initial to KLH as a founder in 1957, together with Malcolm Low and J. Anton Hofmann who had also been investors in AR. At KLH, Kloss continued to build speakers such as the classic KLH Model 5 and 6, and produced one of the first small FM radios with high selectivity, the Model 8.
In 1988 he founded the company Cambridge SoundWorks, which was quite successful, producing aplenty of different models ranging from the table radio of Kloss's companies to high quality speaker systems for computers. Kloss left Cambridge SoundWorks in 1996.
Kloss continued to work on other projects such as the now available PAL when he died in 2002.