We are a team of skilled designers and engineers who have built a wealth of knowledge working within the British audio industry. Here’s our story…

Brian O’Rourke

Brian O’Rourke 1930–2002

Co-Founder of Ruark Acoustic

Brian’s passion as a child and teenager was using his hands to create all manner of things in his spare time. Upon leaving school, he became an apprentice with one of the UK’s then leading furniture makers where he painstakingly learnt woodworking skills that would inform his work in the production of radio and TV cabinets during the 50’s and 60’s. With the growing interest in stereo during the 60’s, Brian soon found himself working with some of the early pioneers of the fledgling British audio industry. As a music lover himself, he was soon captivated by a trade and hobby that he enjoyed all his life; one that led to him forming his own small loudspeaker company Diesis in 1982 and then Ruark Acoustics in 1985 with his son Alan.

Alan O’Rourke

Alan O’Rourke

Co-Founder of Ruark Acoustic

Alan inherited his love of audio and music from his father, growing up surrounded by an array of wonderful equipment which nourished his interest and enthusiasm in sound. A period that Alan remembers fondly is during his early teens when his father worked for a company called Dallas Arbiter who were then the importers of Fender guitars and manufacturers of Sound City professional amplifiers. Going to work with his dad during this time was a schoolboy’s dream that cultivated his interest in the guitar and forming bands which led to him playing local pubs and clubs. Working at Ford Motor Company and Marconi, Alan gained his engineering and manufacturing skills, but with their entwined love of audio it seemed right that father and son should work together and so in 1985 they formed Ruark Acoustics.