Official development of Reftone speakers started in 2011. Although for Designer Dave Hampton, quality custom speaker systems had been a specialty of his since the 1990s. After having built large custom studio mains for the likes of Babyface, Prince and Herbie Hancock, he wanted to deliver the same concept of custom-built, large studio monitors to consumers- but in a very small footprint. The passive speakers would be handcrafted with a 4” driver, made from Baltic Birch plywood (or similar) and serve as quality reference monitors for the masses. As Dave described and showed the new product to his design partner, Lisa Chamblee, she named the speaker brand “Reftone” and began to package and market them.