As an electronics engineer and music lover, Stéphane Even could not understand why he only rarely experienced moments of “pure grace” with his Hi-Fi system, despite the fact that he had good quality CDs and equipment. Ultimately, his dissatisfaction as a purchaser of high quality sound reproduction led him to leave his job as R&D Manager in a large company to become a Hi-Fi electronics manufacturer. And so it was that the Neodio brand was born in 2001.
The passion to understand
NEODIO was founded with the aim of pushing High-Fidelity sound quality to its limits. For 15 years Stéphane Even searched tirelessly for scientific explanations for the anomalies that he observed. Unconvinced by the traditional theories proposed by the manufacturers, he carried out more than a thousand experiments, fuelled by a passion to enhance his knowledge. This work revealed previously unknown phenomena that have a significant impact on perceived sound quality.
Our products are designed with innovative technical solutions that combine elegance and simplicity. Any unnecessary complexity is eliminated. As with musical instruments, it is the quality of the design and the production that prevails. At NEODIO, High-Fidelity is achieved through technical research combined with a long, meticulous optimization process, based on listening. Our evaluation criteria focus on the naturalness of the timbres, the respect of the dynamic and the rendering of the sound image.
Technology is only a means, not an end in itself
For Stéphane Even, the only thing that really matters is the realism of the music, and the emotions that it generates. The search for technical perfection only interests him if it contributes to expressing the music’s complexity and its nuances. It is essential to differentiate the aspects of technical performance that genuinely add to the listening experience in human terms, from figures that are highlighted in marketing material. For example, what is the point in reducing an amplifier’s distortion to virtually zero, if the speakers then generate 100 times more? Why abandon PCM for DSD when we do not know how to fully exploit the CD format?
Like many of you, I am appalled by the direction in which our consumer society is taking us: we throw away products that could be repaired, we constantly launch new models that are not much different from the previous ones, we outbid each other on totally useless functions or features, we manufacture on the other side of the world and we turn rivers and oceans into dustbins for plastic.
I think that High Fidelity as a whole is not immune to these grievances. It is time to do something useful for the planet and the consumer. My ambition is to make Neodio the first French eco-responsible Hi-Fi brand.
Stéphane Even, Neodio founder
THE SIX BLUE PROGRAM COMMITMENTS
products that can be repaired beyond the warranty period. Avoid components with a high obsolescence rate in electronic products and prioritize a well-spaced-out layout rather than an ultra-dense one.
all new products released onto the market from November 2022 onwards for 10 years to the first buyer. In the event of resale, there is a 3-year guarantee.
products to last using proven techniques.
products already sold with upgrades when possible.
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with a majority of parts made in France.
all plastic in packaging wherever possible.