Troy Kosovich, Dynaudio's Director of Marketing, dies in a car accident

Troy Kosovich, Dynaudio's director of marketing, died Tuesday, September 14 in a single-car accident near Bozeman, Montana. According to a newspaper report, he apparently lost control of his Isuzu Rodeo while returning to his hotel after an evening with a client. Troy was 37 years old and is survived by his wife, Angel, and his three-year-old son, Killian.

Troy had been with Dynaudio for only 28 days, having joined the firm after a four-year stint as Wilson Audio Specialties' director of sales and marketing. Before joining Wilson, Troy had been sales manager for Salt Lake City retailer Audition Audio.

Unbelievably enthusiastic about high-end audio and music, Troy was one of the good guys. Looking back, it seems as if, after I first met him, he called me every few weeks to rave about some component or recording he'd recently discovered. He wasn't a jaded audiophile by any stretch of the imagination, but was constantly looking for the next piece of equipment that could put him closer to the ideal of live music.

He was relentless in his pursuit of good sound. Troy had great ears, a remarkable memory for tweaks that worked, and a willingness to try anything to produce better sound. Long after I would have given up, Troy would still be raring to go, insisting we try one more time. And so on through the night.

That was the way he engaged life—full on. At HI-FI '96, he and Angel had just learned of Killian's conception. To celebrate, they attempted a flat-out assault on New York during the Show. While the rest of us were blurrily trying to tease an extra 15 minutes of sleep out of our packed schedules, Troy and Angel were rising at the crack of dawn, making the rounds of New York's must-see places.

Troy worked as hard as he played. His jobs kept him on the road constantly, meeting dealers and the public, spreading the gospel of high-end audio. Everywhere he went, he made friends—Wilson and Dynaudio have been inundated with calls from customers and dealers around the world as the news of Troy's death spread throughout the audiophile community.

Take away the people with the musical passion, and the High End might just as well be selling toasters. Troy was one of the souls who make this business special. His passing leaves the whole industry just a little bit duller. I'm really going to miss him.

A trust fund is being set up by Dynaudio North America on behalf of 3 year old Killian Kosovich, son of Troy Kosovich. To any person willing to make a donation, the following information may be used: Donations should be made out to Killian Kosovich and Angel Kosovich and sent to Dynaudio North America c/o Trust Fund, 1144 Tower Lane, Bensenville, IL 60106