In 1989, Martin Grindrod founded AVI. He had made his first radio at eight, designed his first hi-fi by twelve and was the youngest radio amateur in the UK by age sixteen. This hi-fi protégé decided to produce a stunning looking multi-room music system, complete with the maximum possible sound quality.
In 1994 the first miniature monitor loudspeaker was introduced, but even with their reputation, they are pretty awful and terribly dated, so Martin designed the Neutrons. These were AVI’s most popular product and many thousands of units were sold. They have continued to be a favourite, despite bigger and better sounding speakers being produced, because of their minute size.
AVI stopped producing separates in 2006. By the next year, they introduced their legendary ADM9 active speakers (with a built in DAC and a remote controlled, multi-input preamplifier). To date, AVI are still the lone manufacturers of this type of revolutionary speaker.
This speaker has been revamped many times, the newest incarnation being the clever new DM5s, which many consider the modern day Neutron. They are small statured but mighty active speakers that could outperform many traditional speakers at twice their price. The slightly larger DM10 active speakers are also very impressive.