Having been friends since childhood, Are Audio founders Richie White and Ross Connolly shared a common passion for engineering, physics, and high-fidelity sound. Today, the two are hard at work with their custom audio speaker company based out of St. John’s Newfoundland. The hand-manufacturing process that goes into making anything audio-based is always a slippery-slope: not only are there multiple listening styles out there with high demands for their audio sound quality, but those listeners are oftentimes also looking for particular aesthetic qualities that become conversation starters. In this process video from Are, we get a behind-the-scenes peak into how much patience and detail goes into crafting a boutique speaker.

‘More Than Just a Speaker’

All Are Audio speakers are produced by the pair and customers are encouraged to customize the speakers to suit their specific tastes. With options to pick the hardwood, colors, and internal setups, the options are seemingly boundless:

“We realize that there are those of you that envision something a little extra special when you dream up your ideal hi-fi setup. We’re quite inventive – we’ll work with you to bring that wacky hi-fi dream to life.”

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Head over to Are Audio to find out more on their project archive and custom speaker options.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.