Phoenix Audio is a California-based company building boutique-grade professional audio equipment. We design and manufacture pure Class-A circuits to the highest standards possible while offering excellent value, an intuitive user experience, and a sound that engineers, producers and musicians have come to love. Our products include mic preamps, EQs, compressors, DIs and summing mixers.
Originally formed in 1996 as the UK's leading service provider for pre-1980 Neve recording consoles, Phoenix Audio's lead designers include David Rees (formerly a designer with Neve and responsible for the famous 2253/4 limiter/compressor) and technician (specialising in large format Neve consoles) Shaun Leveque. Both designers have been with Phoenix Audio since it's inception.
With their deep knowledge of the recording world's most loved Class-A circuits, David and Shaun went on to create their own products under the Phoenix banner. With their robust, forward-thinking Class-A circuits comprised of today's best components, their designs have fast become modern classics. Hand-wired in-house by a team of experienced engineers, one can sense—and, of course, hear—the quality of boutique, small-scale manufacturing in every piece of Phoenix Audio gear.
In order to reach a wider clientele, in 2009 Phoenix Audio relocated to Costa Mesa, California. From our new home, our company's ethos, customer support and component sourcing have all continued to improve, year after year. We are proud to be an American manufacturer of professional audio equipment while still maintaining our British heritage.
The People of Phoenix Audio
Shaun Leveque — Designer
Growing up in England, Shaun spent much of his free time pulling apart transistor radios, televisions and home Hi-Fi systems to satisfy his curiosity about how electronic things worked. Shaun then spent three years training as a Prototype Wireman within the electronics industry, and went on to work as a freelance prototyping technician. Shaun prototyped everything from Hostess Trolleys to missile launch systems and satellite communications systems.
His heart, however, was always in sonics. After working for a number of audio manufacturers, including Drake Electronics, Soundcraft and small companies dealing mainly with Neve equipment, Shaun decided to launch Phoenix Audio to service the Neve community. It rapidly became obvious that the best sounding Class-A equipment was still very much based on 60′s and 70′s technology, and Shaun realized that with modern components he could improve Class-A designs while also making them more accessible to the end user.
Within just two years, Shaun led his team to develop Phoenix's unique Class-A discrete output stage (then the TF1, now the DSOP-2 with custom-wound transformer) to retrofit vintage Class-A equipment. They also developed a Class A discrete Stereo DI, which was an instant hit. Soon after came their discrete, transformerless input stage—used in all of Phoenix's equipment today—designed to best the performances of any transformer-balanced design.
David Rees - Designer
David's deep and personal knowledge of the world's most revered and loved Class-A audio equipment underpins Phoenix Audio's innovations in the field of Class-A circuit design. His nuanced grasp of input and output amplifiers in particular has graced our products with the best possible use of modern components in order to derive stunning clarity, headroom as well as wonderful saturation characteristics Phoenix users have come to adore.