Up Close: Renkus-Heinz



Over Four Decades of Sonic Innovation: Founded in 1979 by electronics engineer Harro Heinz and original partner Algis Renkus, Orange County, CA-based Renkus-Heinz is a long-recognized global leader in professional loudspeaker technology, driven by groundbreaking premium audio innovations, a passion for sound and dedication to solving great acoustic challenges. Harro’s most impactful contributions to the engineering side of the company was the creation of controller based systems, and Renkus-Heinz was one of the first loudspeaker companies to combine speaker specific electronics crossover EQ and limiters in a way that enhanced and improved the performance of a system right out of the box. One of his innovations was to sell a completely packaged solution this way. 

Multi-Generational Passion for Sound: Harro’s son Ralph Heinz, now CTO, joined the company early on as a mechanical engineer with a natural talent for understanding acoustics. In addition to holding patents for innovations like TRAP (True Array Principle) and CoEntrant technologies, Heinz developed some of the most advanced digital beam steering solutions on the market today. Renkus-Heinz recently developed the Unibeam—a steering algorithm that crafts asymmetric beams and utilizes the entire array for all frequencies. In the music industry, the company’s niche is providing monitors, front of house systems and sound reinforcement products for live concerts. They also provide sound technology for spaces from international airports and landmark museums to glass corporate atriums and marble cathedrals. Now in his 90s, Harro is joined by two generations of the Heinz family. “Regardless of pricepoint and specific technology,” Ralph says, “our products have similar sonic characteristics, combining intelligibility, extreme clarity and excellent musicality. We see ourselves as a small family company that often punches above our weight.”   

Steerable Arrays and the ICLive X Series: Renkus-Heinz has taken the expertise gained from more than a decade of creating digitally steered line array technology and scaled it to meet the needs of larger spaces. Ralphs says the product that best embodies that for their Iconyx arrays is the new ICLive X Series—“our ultimate solution for concert level reinforcement using these technologies. Designed to be the most scalable sound system ever created, the ICLive X Series brings a new level of flexibility for integrators, contractors and production/rental houses alike to provide an optimal solution for any application. 

The series is a complete system consisting of three freely combinable, steerable-array modules, the ICLX, ICLXL, ICLLX and a matching subwoofer, the ICLX-118S. A new element of the series is the company’s exclusive Acoustic Source Multiplier (ASM) waveguide, along with a coaxial drive arrangement that delivers a consistent and symmetrical array of high and low frequencies. The ICLive X is designed to offer the ultimate audio performance with ultimate flexibility.  

Contact Renkus-Heinz, 949-588-9997