2011 Hall of Fame: Saul Robbins, Founder of HiFi House
Saul Robbins still lights up when he thinks back on how a relatively small event can change someone's life in a big way.
Back in 1955, when Robbins was working for a trucking firm in Pennsylvania, he hit his boss up for a small raise. When the boss told him to take a hike, Robbins turned to his passion for recorded music, collected some of his high-end gear, ordered a few more pieces and set up a HiFi section in the back of his father-in-law's clothing store in Wayne, Pa.
The business eventually became HiFi House, one of the country's first stereo specialty dealers. With showrooms in Broomall and Jenkintown, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., and a long list of satisfied customers and appreciative vendors stretching back nearly 50 years, Robbins had established one of the cornerstones of the custom A/V industry by adjusting to changing markets and technologies.