David Lyth MSc – Technical Consultant
Whilst he doesn’t like to mention it, David has over 40 years’ experience in the audio industry. His interest in sound started in his teens when he made a crystal pickup cartridge and various speaker systems. After graduating with a degree in electronics, he then gained an MSc in Applied Acoustics from London University with specialisation in servocontrolled loudspeaker systems.
David then worked at Jordan Watts of Hayes, Middlesex, which manufactured full range aluminium cone loudspeaker units and systems. He was also employed by Gale Electronics as QC manager and lead production for their well-known black and chrome loudspeaker system.
Still overseeing production, David moved to Martin Audio where he worked closely with Dave Martin in a technical capacity. Before starting Volt, David completed six months with Sanyo designing domestic systems and advising on their UK manufacture.
Now with a wealth of commercial experience, David leased a small space from his first employer, Jordan Watts, and Volt Loudspeakers was born – the rest is history. A highly respected figure in the audio industry, Volt’s founder now focuses on providing design assistance to existing customers and using his extensive knowledge and expertise to complete bespoke systems.
Can often be found: Messing about on his boat, with his camera, fixing the unfixable and marvelling at the sunsets on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
Cat Lyth BA hons – Director / Sales and Marketing
Unsurprisingly, with her background, Cat has been aware of music and loudspeakers from an early age. When she finished her A Levels, she joined the production team at Volt where, after learning to assemble software and becoming proficient in the art of coil winding, she managed the office and promoted products at exhibitions.
In 2004, Cat gained an honours degree in English and Media and started work in corporate event organisation and then education management.
Despite becoming accustomed to long teaching holidays, Cat could not resist the challenge of returning to Volt and is looking forward to developing the family business.
Can often be found: Chasing her toddler across local beaches and when he’s asleep listening to her ever expanding vinyl collection.
Steve Nichamin – Director / Head of R& D
Steve is from an audiovisual and electronics background and has over ten years’ experience in building and installing sound systems in a wide range of locations spanning clubs, festivals and corporate environments.
He recently spent four years at Bath University as a senior AV technician and was responsible for all AV control system programming and technical support for the lecture theatres.
He now spends his time developing new products for Volt and bespoke solutions for OEM customers. Steve is also dedicated to refining production systems and quality control.
Can often be found: Restoring synthesisers, modifying electronic drum machines and developing audio-visual installations for Glastonbury’s Shangri-la’s field.
Dan Browne – Production Supervisor
Hailing locally from Weymouth, Dan has worked at Volt for over ten years and knows all our products inside out. He has an extensive knowledge of all production techniques and an excellent eye for detail. Dan works closely with Steve to develop best practice with the factory and supervises the flow of production for both speakers and inductors.
Can often be found: In his shed – a coveted R&D facility where he works on top secret audio designs and mountain biking across coastal paths of the Dorset coast.
The Volt Management team are supported by a dedicated and brilliant team of skilled individuals who constantly seek to improve the quality of all Volt products.