Phædrus Audio came into being to build the first London Console. Inspired by classic audio values of the fifties and sixties and the great audio-technology legends of the past (see Phædrus and the FABs).
The London Console developed into a series of products called The London Series each a model derived from a part of the original console. These modular products are now being slowly replaced with rack-mount units such as the PHUSION and the PHAB-S.
When I started my research on the brand, I discovered that the designer of the company’s London series of (mostly) tube-based products — “inspired by the leading British studios of the late 1950s”, as Hugh Robjohns put it in his review of the Hydra mic preamp in SOS March 2016 — is none other than Richard Brice, a name that I have encountered over the years in a variety of roles, ranging from hi-fi journalist and broadcast equipment designer to developer of the Francinstien stereo enhancement system. He is also the author of several fascinating books, including Multimedia & Virtual Reality Engineering, Music Engineering and Music Electronics. What I hadn’t appreciated until now was not only the extent of Brice’s career in the commercial side of broadcast technology, but also the depth of his musical background, which, no doubt, has contributed to his design work at Phaedrus Audio. - Bob Thomas (July 2016).
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“And what is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”
Paraphrashed from Plato's Phaedrus: the epigraph to Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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