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ABOUT US

OUR MANIFESTO

We believe in the healing power of music to change our attitudes, our moods, our lives, and ultimately the world

So we are here to help to make the most of what recorded music has to offer, with soul and elegance

Giving the listener that magical chill so often inaudible with other equipment, we transform each listening experience into a memorable & exciting out-of-this-world voyage

Le Son flight plan is clear, embark with us on a music journey!


WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?

It is very simple: we sell directly to our customers

Did you know that distributors / retailers take about 50% of the final price you pay for your hi-fi equipment?

Direct sales allow us to propose our products at the most competitive price

Direct sales also allow us to directly help our customers install and optimize our products



OUR STORY

Founded in 2015, Le Son International took off when Gregory de Richemont,
a French audiophile living in Shanghai, decided to challenge the status quo
and dedicate all his energy to his passion: Music

“Le Son”, means “The (absolute) Sound” in French,
and represents the initial quest to create a sound system
able to provide a compelling emotional experience

IT ALL STARTED WITH A RECORD



Born in the 1970’s, Gregory grew up immersed in the golden age of music

The audiophile seed was planted when he received his parents’ turntable – a Thorens TD150 MKII – and a crate full of records as a present for his 14th birthday

“The Pink Floyd albums were there, and The Dark Side of The Moon cover was so intriguing that I chose to play it first

As the stylus landed on the record and the first track’s heartbeat started pounding, I felt entering in another dimension, and when the album ended, I was blown away”

With this experience, he understood the immense power of music as a source of meaning


A PROJECT STARTED FROM SCRATCH


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As any audiophile, he started a passionate quest to improve his sound system

“Before I created Le Son, the main problems I faced to improve my system where my lack of knowledge to understand what makes a captivating audio equipment, and the lack of time to acquire this knowledge“

After a decade travelling the world for multi-national companies, he decided to leave his comfortable corporate life and start from scratch a crazy project: dedicate all he had on building an emotionally compelling listening experience

After several years of research and development, Gregory had built a studio where he restored analog audio gear and organized listening sessions to make people experience high-fidelity sound. However, he could not earn enough to live and had to find another way to share his passion with the world


BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER


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Later on, Gregory went to an International Audio Show with a fully restored reel-to-reel recorder, and played some master tapes on several high-end systems

This is where he met Dr. Tsai, a veteran of the audio industry with over 35 years of expertise. They connected immediately through their passion for music and their aspirations

Since that day, the two men built a solid friendship with a common vision:

“We believe passionately in the power of music to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world”

And to serve this purpose, Le Son International has a clear flight plan:

“We design and handcraft analog audio equipment to connect people with music and its meaning”


FOUNDERS


Gregory de Richemont

Gregory de Richemont

Co-Founder

Gregory is French, and travelled the world 10 years for multi-national companies. He restores vintage analog gear and is an expert in R2R and turntable setup. He designed and built Le Son studio in Shanghai.

He holds a MBA from INSEAD, and loves progressive rock from the 70’s, afrobeat and high quality electronic music.



Dr. Ted Tsai

Co-Founder

Dr. Tsai is Taiwanese, and has 35+ years of experience in the high-fidelity world. His deep knowledge in audio design and manufacturing is sought after by numerous prestigious brands.

He holds a PhD in Electromechanics and Violin Physics from the University of Texas, and loves classical music above all things.





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ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES


PASSION

Sharing our passion for Music is the heart of our company. It drives us to constantly improve ourselves, as well as the value we bring to our customers.

EXCELLENCE

We believe in what we do, and that the value of what we do warrants the persistent commitment to its improvement.

AUTHENTICITY

We are true to ourselves in our interactions with others and communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully.

TEAM SPIRIT

We foster our team members growth and happiness. Our success is dependent upon the collective energy, intelligence, and contributions of all of our team members.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

Our customers are the lifeblood of our business and our most important stakeholders. We strive to meet or exceed their expectations on everything we do.