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R.I.P. Billy Woodman

Discussion in 'audio' started by AndyU, Aug 10, 2022.

  1. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    From ATCs Facebook page…
    “I am extremely sad to announce the death of my Dad, ATC’s founder and owner, Billy Woodman.

    Dad passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on 21 July 2022, aged 76 years old. Although Dad had suffered with a number of health issues over the years, he had always defied the odds and recovered, his death has been a shock to us all.

    Dad founded ATC almost five decades ago. His principles, philosophies, and absolute commitment to achieving engineering excellence are the foundation on which ATC is built. At the heart of this was outstanding transducer design and engineering that focused on achieving the best sound reproduction possible.

    Dad’s emphasis on running ATC as a family business has remained and under his leadership and guiding hand, we have ensured that ATC has continued to grow and succeed with the constant support of fellow Director and lifelong friend, Bob Polley.

    Dad was an extraordinary man, not only gifted as an engineer but also as a jazz pianist and undertook exquisite restorations of vintage cars. He was truly an exceptional man in every aspect of his life. He was one of life’s true gentleman and leaves a remarkable legacy. He inspired many, not least me, in how he led his life, always with courage, kindness and generosity.

    The loss of my Dad is profoundly felt by not just me, my darling mum, Mumble, his grandchildren, his family, and friends, but the entire ATC family that he created and very much loved.

    My family would appreciate some privacy during this incredibly difficult time.

    Yours faithfully,

    Will Woodman
    Managing Director
    Loudspeaker Technology Ltd.”
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2022
  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Very sad to hear, RIP.

    ATC speakers have transformed my system in a way I never thought possible.
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  3. Mike1965

    Mike1965 pfm Member

    Sorry for your loss. RIP.
  4. poco a poco

    poco a poco I'm Jim

    Very sad to hear this news. R.I.P.
  5. Spraggons Den

    Spraggons Den pfm Member

    So sad to hear your news. We have lost a giant of British hifi.
  6. John Phillips

    John Phillips pfm Member

    This is sad. RIP. His vision of what was wrong with loudspeaker drivers and his uncompromising focus on the engineering needed to remove their limitations can be seen in products from more than just ATC, and will live on.
    Sean K and hifi-dog like this.
  7. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    Damn, RIP and condolences.
    I had the pleasure of meeting him at Stroud just the once, many years ago (25?) when I retailed ATC products that we all loved.
  8. herb

    herb brain's right hemisphere

    Sad news. RIP. The ATC SIA2-150 integrated amp is revelation in my system and I admire the philosophy behind the active and passive ATC speakers.
    AndyU likes this.
  9. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    Another icon has sadly left us
  10. wintoid

    wintoid pfm Member

    Very sorry to read this. My condolences.
  11. Very sad news, condolences to his family.

  12. Musicraft

    Musicraft Trade: Musicraft

    Our sincerest condolences go to Billy's family, friends and to ATC.


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  13. DCS

    DCS pfm Member

    Very sad news, my condolences to family and friends.
  14. TimF

    TimF pfm Member

    Ugh, not another. RIP Billy Woodman. All the best to family and friends.
  15. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    Very sad, met him on a factory tour about 13 years back.
  16. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    RIP. Very sad, a giant, I hope the company stays true to his ideas and principles..
    I remember around 1976/7 International Musician and Recording world were running a massive PA drivers test over 2 months, all the best of the world were scrutinised(JBL, Gauss,Electro-Voice, Fane etc etc) and this little 9" ATC driver from a relatively unknown UK cottage industry spanked them all.
  17. Bodiddly

    Bodiddly Active Member

    Very sorry to hear this sad news, my condolences to his family and friends.
  18. Andy Stephenson

    Andy Stephenson pfm Member

    Sad news indeed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    PIR Billy
  19. paulbysea

    paulbysea pfm Member

    Sad news. My condolences.
  20. evand

    evand pfm Member

    RIP sir, your genius has given me a lifetime of listening pleasure.
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