Our goal at DeVORE FIDELITY is to create products that communicate the life-breath of music. We believe that the best means to this end combines the art of aesthetics with the science of physics in such a way that each complements the other, and together yield a product far greater than the sum of its parts.

Founded by president and chief designer John DeVore in 2000, DeVORE FIDELITY has gone on to receive universal acclaim for every one if its products, and John continues to push the state of the art in speaker design. John brought his 30 years of experience as a musician, 20 years of designing speakers and 18 years of Hi-Fi industry experience to his company, and, as the Stereophile Newsletter put it in 2005, "DeVore Fidelity is a young company, but at Home Entertainment Shows and CESes over the last half decade, its products have pulled down critical kudos and consumer raves that more established companies would kill for."

John DeVore:
When I first came to New York, at the end of the 80s, I was a musician who also worked as a high-end audio salesman. During that time I realized that so many components that measure well and sound impressive at first, disappoint the listener in the long run because they fail to convey those ephemeral and fragile elements of music through which the artists express their intent. Although such qualities are difficult to describe, they are instantly recognizable when heard. For example, it's easy to fool the ear into perceiving a stereo image between a pair of speakers, but to go beyond that and convince the heart and mind that a living, breathing soloist or ensemble occupies the space between those speakers represents the ultimate challenge to the high-end audio designer. The quest to recreate these delicate emotional and visceral subtleties of music - qualities I felt were missing from most playback equipment - ultimately led me to start DeVORE FIDELITY.

I was into hi-fi as early as 6th grade--I was fascinated by the idea of recreating musical performances in my room anytime I wished. By the time I went to college, I had begun to understand that you could get really good sound out of a stereo system. I started spending some time in hi-fi shops where I came to two realizations: 1) I could never afford the stuff that came close to sounding like live, and 2) that even the stuff that came close didn't come that close.

I built my first pair of speakers back in the mid-80's when I was still an undergrad at the Rhode Island School Of Design. Over the course of a decade of hobbyist experimentation, I began to zero in on those design elements that allowed my playback system to communicate more than just the notes of a performance. I come from a family of musicians. I grew up listening to live chamber music in my own house, and what I've always found most lacking in recorded music playback is the emotional content. I know playback will never approach the live experience, but it became my goal to create audio equipment that brought the listener into the listening experience, and then held their interest there like a live performance.

In 1995, I built a speaker that encapsulated all the work that had come before it. It was a small two-way, but it was the first design to use a new crossover circuit that I had been evolving along with new approaches to cabinet and driver integration. Everything was designed together, as a whole, with each element complimenting the others. I recognized immediately that it was something quite different from all of the speakers I had previously heard. That was the original Gibbon speaker, and that same holistic gibbon design methodology is at the heart of every speaker I've designed since. The concept of harmony is very important to me. Not just in Hi-Fi but as a world view. I guess that influences my approach to design.

I believe that for every problem there is one sublime solution that encompasses both outward and inward perfection. Pursuing designs that embody both engineering and artistic integrity holds the most reward for me. A perfect design is not one where form follows function, but rather one where form and function are developed as equals to form a unified whole. Understanding all the design elements of an audio component and balancing these in a way that extracts the optimal contribution of each is the key to creating a design that conveys the true emotional content of a recorded musical performance. It is my belief that DeVORE FIDELITY speakers have the ability to involve the listener in his or her music collection more intimately than any other similarly priced products. For those select listeners capable of discerning the differences between Hi-Fi and reality, I am proud to offer the Silverback and Gibbon series loudspeakers: nothing can bring you closer to the music.

John DeVore
President and chief designer

Interviews/Factory Tours

6moons Factory Tour Part 1

Stereophile Factory Tour Part 1

Stereophile Factory Tour Part 2

Stereophile Factory Tour Part 3

Stereophile Interview with John DeVore

AV Enthusiast Interview with John DeVore

American Wired Interview with John DeVore

Buying Speakers: A Speaker Designer's Perspective By John DeVore