Audion was established in 1987 by David Chessell following his love of music and being a long time enthusiast, always delving into the depths of various components and amplifiers. The concept in those early days was to allow people to get an insight into audiophile high end without sacrificing their home or bank balance. This overall picture still holds good for most of the current production with just a few bespoke built and designed products entering the upper echelons.
In 1986 David was given the position of technical director for Audio Innovations during a time when the company had an enviable reputation for sound quality. It was at this time and the few preceding years that a friendship flourished between David, and Audio Innovation’s initiator and one of Europe’s top audio designers Mr. Erik Andersson.
During this first vital year Europe saw the release of the 1st and 2nd audio triode amplifiers, the first of its kind from a western manufacturer designed by Erik and produced under the direction of David. Unbelievably, this was to set the trend throughout the world for triode amplifiers of the highest sonic quality.