|Born||December 5, 1937|
|Died||December 7, 2022 (aged 85)|
|Known for||Inventing surround sound for television, Dolby Pro Logic II, high-end SQ 4-2-4 analog quad audio decoding|
James M. Fosgate (December 5, 1937 – December 9, 2022) was an American inventor, engineer and businessman. The self-taught son of a television and radio repairman, Fosgate invented the first car amplifier in 1973 and founded Fosgate Electronics, now called Rockford Fosgate. After his departure from Rockford Fosgate in 1981, Fosgate remained active in the audio world, running Fosgate Laboratories and leading the team that created Dolby Pro Logic II. Fosgate was also the developer of one of the finest quadraphonic decoders, the TATE II 101A (see Stereo Quadraphonic for details), in collaboration with Peter Scheiber and Martin Willcocks, which was superseded by his 3601 decoder.
Collaborating with four channel matrix pioneer Peter Scheiber early on gave Fosgate's company the edge to become one of the leaders in the Dolby Surround market.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Saturday, January 27, 2007 - Sound Advice: Pro-Logic II far surpasses its forerunner By Don Lindich
- International Herald Tribune , December 6, 2007 - (HighBeam Research at Internet Archive) -
Surround sound without the wires Some systems use 'wireless' speakers; others are designed to trick the brain - Roy Furchgott The New York Times Media Group
- The Daily Courier - Nov 30, 2003[dead link]
- Howard Ferstler Encyclopedia of recorded sound: Volume 1, Frank Hoffmann - Page 323
- The Routledge guide to music technology - 2006, Thom Holmes - Google Books - Page 82
- High Fidelity, Volume 38, Issues 1-12 - Page 28
- TNT-Audio - Part One - Interview with Jim Fosgate
- Stereophile, Jan 2, 2005 - INTERVIEWS, Jim Fosgate: Of (Surround) Sound Mind - Steve Guttenberg