Audio's Dedicated Servant
Kloss' latest work was released just a year ago, to much critical acclaim. After visiting him one day, Tom DeVesto—by now they had both left Cambridge Soundworks—saw what he felt was a perfect sales opportunity, an updated version of his original Model Eight radio. DeVesto was so excited about it, he formed a new company, Tivoli Audio, just to sell it. Calling it the Model One, Tivoli is selling it for $99. It incorporates what Kloss said he feels has been lacking from basic AM/FM radios for a long time—a good tuner and quality speaker that sounds good. Kloss isn't sure what he will make next because he said he never knows what or if he will invent before it actually happens.
Today, Kloss is retired, but it would be better to call it a working retirement. In Cambridge, Mass., just down the road from his origins at Harvard Square, he sits at his work area examining, testing and deconstructing a hodgepodge of electronic boards and audio gear. Strewn about his window shelf is a litany of his life's work—working models and prototypes of his radios throughout the years. An Emmy sits in the corner and is sometimes used as an extra antenna.
A good way to know the man is to look at this work. The Model One sums up what Kloss' basic philosophy has always been, perhaps one that wasn't necessarily developed but was just innate to his being. Certainly, it is not one held to corporate bottom lines and "give them what they can bear" product marketing. The man himself said it best, "I made things that I would want at home."