Dave was born in 1951 in Portland where he graduated
from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1969. While attending
Benson, Dave developed an interest in electronics, which
became his life-long passion.
After studying engineering for 2 years at the
University of Portland, Dave began his working career at
several home audio stores selling equipment.
In 1977, he opened a store of his own -- The Audio
Alternative in Portland -- which he operated until his
For more than 25 years, The Audio Alternative, one of
the oldest audio stores in Oregon, was a weekly gathering
place for the area's audiophiles. These were not people
looking to spend thousands upon thousands for the latest
system but hobbyists who came looking for some sage advice
from "Stereo Dave" whose reputation as an inventor of
audio gear enhancements was widely known and respected.
At the Audio Alternative, Dave would not sell any
component that he wouldn't put in his own system.
Always an innovator, Dave developed and manufacture
d several lines of speakers. He also had many other
hobbies including automobile restoration, Japanese
landscaping, and designing and constructing ponds and
Stereo Dave's Audio Alternative is now
a business operated by Dave's family, friends,
and former employees, in his memory. We sell
only components and products, which when
modified, produce the highest level of sound
and performance possible at a reasonable
affordable cost; at the same time, utilizing
"Stereo Dave's" philosophy, in regards to audio
equipment and modifications, the simplest
solution is usually the best and truest.
We also provide Stereo Dave's Forum, a place
where anyone is welcome to stop in talk
about whatever audio related topic is on their
Throughout the years, Dave was constantly
improving his products. Before his death,
we were priviledged to have been able to work
with Dave on many of his product improvements
and discoveries. In the time since his passing,
we have continued to devote many hours to the
continued improvement of the products that
Although, Dave's Portland store on Canyon Road has closed, we are now selling the latest custom
manufactured single driver speakers, subwoofers, and modified components from our new soundroom in
Gresham, Oregon. We invite Dave's old customers and newcomers to visit us online or at our Gresham location.
Feel free to call for an appointment.
Stereo Dave's Audio Alternative