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Audiophonics manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):

Dynamic Speakers
 
Valve Amplifiers
 

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Audiophonics web site (July 5, 2009): Audiophonics is the name I used for my audio designs originally developed between 1992 and 1996. I was prompted to design the 8" Sphere Speakers as I was unhappy with the sound quality of conventional square box speakers. There were also visual issues of a domestic nature to consider. The Sphere Speakers were demonstrated at the 1993 Hi-Fi show at Heathrow, along with my Marble and Granite Shelving System. The Sphere Speakers also featured in several Hi-Fi and other Lifestyle magazines including GQ and House & Garden (see the Reviews Page).

Following on from the Sphere Speakers I designed a separate Bass Speaker to extend the low end response. I considered several options and in the end settled on a sealed box design with two drivers mounted face to face. I was particularly keen to be able to reproduce classical organ music (Bach for example) which can play havoc with ported designs. The Sphere Speakers however were so accurate with their light and fast aluminium cones ("The only enclosed speakers that sound as transparent as electrostatics." from one knowledgeable listener) that deficiencies in the audio quality, in particular the power amplifier, became apparent. So I went back to first principles and after much contemplation the principle of the Zeus Audio Amplifier was born.

It took me the best part of two years to get from "I wonder if..." to "It works - and I understand why!". Along the way I had some interesting times trying to unravel the mysteries of transformer design. Once I had the amplifier part of the audio chain sorted out my attention then came on the source reproduction side of things, as now deficiencies in that quarter were now apparent! So in 1996 I built my own CD player from a hacked SCSI CD-ROM drive that had front panel controls for track selection as well as the standard play/stop button.

In 2004 I restarted my audio work and over the subsequent months designed the upgrade Zeus75 power amplifier. Investment in a Hi-End sound card and measurement software gave me new tools for measurement and optimisation that I could only dream about a decade previously.

In 2005 I extended the Zeus philosophy to a pre-amp / line driver and prototyped both mosfet and tube single ended versions using the same input and output transformers in both cases.

In 2006 I have started development of a RIAA pre-amp front end, a tone arm and a deck. Also E.J. Jordan have introduced a new wide range driver suitable for my sphere speakers so my 3 sets of development pairs will get new drivers.

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