Robert Trunz

Robert Trunz

Swiss Robert Trunz was born 1954 close to Lucerne in the picturesque Valley of the lakes (Seetal). After a commercial apprentice he worked for PHILIPS before leaving for a 3-year assignment as a tourist guide in the old Yugoslavia and Spain. His introduction to High End audio came with hi work for two exclusive distributors of brands like SME, Nakamichi, McIntosh, Micro Seiki, Accuphase, KEF, Quad and B&W Loudspeakers. Retail experience Robert gained by building up the High End Hifi section of his late friend Martin Felix in Lachen on Lake Zurich. It was here when he first met John Bowers who hired him as an independent marketing and product consultant. In 1981 Trunz moved to England where he took over the Marketing of B&W in Worthing turning the ailing manufacturer, fighting the transition from analogue to digital, into a profit making and fast expanding export orientated loudspeaker company with international flair.

1987 Robert Trunz collaborated with Claude Nobs launching the "B&W Platinum Music Club" at the Montreux Jazz Festival that later became the Q (Quincy Jones) and expanded into the Miles Davis Hall. In 1988 he founded the record label "B&W Music" later to become MELT 2000.

1987 after John Bowers premature departure Robert Trunz became majority shareholder and president of B&W Loudspeakers’. The initiation of a 4m Pounds research and development project headed by Laurence Dickie led in 1994 to the launch of new ground breaking technologies wrapped up in the world famous reference speaker NAUTILUS.

At the end of 1996 after having suffered set backs with his health, Robert Trunz sold his shares and left B&W to carry on his love and dedication to music, its recording techniques and reproduction.

"B&W Music" became "Melt 2000" with sub-labels "Electric Melt" und "Blueroom Released" with the associated Blueroom Loudspeakers manufacturing the range of POD speaker (now Scandyna).

1997 Robert Trunz assists his Chief engineer Laurence Dickie (Dic) who a year after left B&W to work on his own projects establishing his own small research and development lab. In 2000 Robert moves to South Africa where he had been working with many local artists promoting the music of past apartheid era.

With the assistance of Robert Trunz Vivid Audio was born 2002 in Durban South Africa under the leadership of Laurence Dickie and Philip Guttentag. Dic's genius and intense work led to the launch of the proud successor of Nautilus – the GIYA G1 that signalled Robert’s return to a more active role in the company. 2009 after 30 years away, Robert Trunz returns with his son Nico to his native Switzerland where he formed a consultancy company to help distribute and promote VIVID AUDIO products in the German speaking part of Europe.

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