For the past 20 years, Dewaudio has designed quality products for the audio industry. From designing microphones for recording studios, to building stereo amplifiers for home audio, the business is always ready to take on a new challenge. Improving the quality of electronic equipment is an enjoyable challenge. [ More details about the early days... ]
Electronics designer and music lover
Valve-based amplification has a special place in our hearts. What is today seen as vintage, is every bit as relevant as before.
Undertaking a variety of projects that have to do with audio, I can assist with just about any requirement. Designing amplifiers and microphones is my focus but other repairs are also undertaken. Most of all, I find great enjoyment in music, and seeing others do the same.
I focus on electronics and making things work properly. I have always had a thing about items that do not work they way theu should. An amplifier delivering less than its specified output rating; a loudspeaker that distorts, a turntable that just does not sound right, or a microphone that does not do justice to the artist's voice – these are just some of the things in my craft that I absolutely must fix.
My passion for high-fidelity audio began in my local community, where I spent several years honing my skills as a repair technician for audio equipment. This experience formed a solid foundation for my career path in the industry.
In 2008, a series of fortunate events culminated in the design and creation of my first turntable, the Moxey, complete with a custom tonearm. I proudly showcased this creation at the Sound and Vision Expo in Johannesburg, marking a significant milestone in my journey.
In 2010, I joined Bop Recording Studios, immersing myself in the world of high-end audio production. Here, I gained invaluable experience repairing and maintaining a diverse collection of vacuum tube-based equipment, deepening my understanding of their intricate workings. This opportunity also allowed me to witness the magic of the music industry first-hand and contribute to a few recordings and albums.
While at the studios, I developed a deep appreciation for reel-to-reel tapes, cherishing them as the most faithful source for recorded music. The tactile experience of holding and inspecting these physical formats, coupled with the marvel of their technology, surpasses what modern streaming services and even CDs can offer. It is no wonder that these "old" formats are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, even among young people.
In 2016, I became the proud owner of a Linn Sondek LP12 turntable, an iconic piece that has left a lasting impression on me. This ignited a passion for servicing and upgrading this legendary model. Simultaneously, I embarked on designing and building valve-based amplifiers and phono stages, further solidifying my expertise in audio engineering.
My desire to create premium handcrafted stereo amplification equipment continues to drive me forward. This passion has led to the development of the Starmap and Startrail series of top plates, bases, and sub-chassis for the Linn Sondek LP12, which have garnered significant appreciation from clients who value their transformative impact on sound quality.
Currently, I offer the Dewaudio Trinity valve phono preamplifier to discerning high-fidelity aficionados. Each piece is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring exceptional sound quality and lasting performance.
My work is characterised by a commitment to batch-builds. Each season brings a limited number of specific models, meticulously tested and packaged before being offered to the public. Every hand-crafted piece embodies the highest standards of quality and sonic excellence.
I am deeply grateful for the journey that brought me here and excited for what the future holds. As I continue to explore the world of high-fidelity audio, I am committed to crafting exceptional products that enrich the listening experience for passionate audiophiles like me.
Here are some images of projects I have worked on, design work I have done, sometimes in conjunction with others, and random photos taken in the life of an electronics enthusiast.
- Mixing Consoles
- Reel to Reel Tape
- Valve Technology
My services include the following:
I design solutions for areas such as suspension systems for turntables and many clients around the world use our Starmap and Startrail components in their Linn Sondek LP12 turntables.
I love working with valve technology. Apart from designing and building valve amplifiers, I also service older amplifiers, and have even designed valve-based amplifiers for studio microphones. [ Trinity RA-2020 Phono Stage ]
Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa
By appointment only