Phoenix Audio was originally formed in July 1996 to provide a British service for owners of pre 1980 Neve recording consoles.
After spending a number of successful years maintaining and modifying recording consoles, we decided to design and produce a range of high quality, Class A, discrete products that would be a valuable addition to any recording studio.
At the forefront of circuit design is David Rees and Shaun Leveque. David is an ex-Neve design engineer with an impressive array of designs to his credit. Probably David's most famous design is the Neve 2254 Limiter/compressor.
Our range of products are designed, built and wired in-house by professional wiremen and engineers with many years experience that take great pride in the quality of their craftsmanship. We aim to produce First Class, Class A, discrete equipment that is fully backed by a growing network of dealers and distributors based in the US, across Europe and the rest of the world.
Phoenix Audio products are unique, original and are carefully and expertly designed to combine the advantages of many years of audio experience with today's component and manufacturing technology. In 2009 Phoenix Audio relocated to the USA and southern California, now all our manufacturing and worldwide distribution is handled from our offices in Costa Mesa.
Hi, My name is Shaun Leveque, lead designer of Phoenix Audio. A little about myself first.
I spent much time as I was growing up pulling transistor radios televisions and home Hi-Fi systems apart to satisfy my curiosity about how electronic things worked and I spent 3 years training as a Prototype Wireman within the electronics industry.
Since then I worked as a freelance prototype wiring technicians building prototypes for many different types of projected from Hostess Trolleys (had to start somewhere) right through to missile launch systems and microwave and satellite communications systems, but always maintained an interest in audio.
After working for a number of audio manufacturing companies, such as Drake Electronics, Soundcraft and small companies dealing mainly with Neve equipment, I decided to set up Phoenix Audio to help serve the needs of the Neve community with spares, modifications and equipment.
It soon became obvious that the better sounding Class A equipment was not as available as people would have liked, that it was still very much based on 60′s and 70′s technology, and that with today's component availability, it could be improved upon and made more accessible to the end user.
Within 2 years we had already developed our unique Class A discrete output stage (TF1) to enable retrofitting of existing equipment with a true Class A output, and developed the Class A discrete Stereo DI, so it was only a matter of time before the Class A, transformerless, discrete Input Stage was conceived, designed and developed to better any transformer. We also use our very own custom wound output transformer in every unit, the Phoenix Audio DRS8 has 8 of them !
We now have a dedicated team who are committed to to Class A discrete technology and are continuing to develop further high quality products for the discerning musical ear. All of our equipment is manufactured in-house using our own assembly team, and is then thoroughly bench tested. Final test before packing is the ultimate, we LISTEN to it!
We hope you find our equipment exceeds your expectations. We believe there is nothing that more closely emulates the spirit and sound of the best of the past, with the technology of today.