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Ocean Way Monterey Wows Crowds at Tokyo Audio Show

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Held from September 29 through October 1 at the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho, the Tokyo International Audio Show is organized by the International Audio Society of Japan. Working with our distributor in Japan, Zephyrn Inc., Ocean Way Audio did demos of the new Monterey loudspeaker to packed rooms throughout the three-day event.

Ocean Way Audio Monterey was designed by five-time Grammy® Award-winning engineer, producer, and recording studio designer Allen Sides. Many of the thousands of recordings created by Mr. Sides have become audiophile classics. He has worked with a list of the most respected and popular musical artists of the last 30 years. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’ studios have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

Monterey offers a proprietary three-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. The system delivers a very wide (100-degree horizontal × 40-degree vertical) dispersion with highly-consistent directivity response. The speakers incorporate an integrated two-way dual-horn system with a 1” high-frequency and 8” mid-frequency driver, mechanically time-aligned with twin 12” sub-bass drivers per channel. Their frequency response at 20Hz to 25 kHz surpasses the limits of standard human hearing.

Monterey’s design incorporates internal bracing, minimizing cabinet flexing and reducing baffle reflection, resulting in minimum low frequency resonance. The cabinet’s sleek, contemporary design beautifully maintains time alignment. The system is driven by twin analog amplifiers. Monterey is available in several custom finishes, from piano high gloss to fine woods.

Visit the Monterey detail page for more information and complete specifications.

Historic Riviera Theatre Reopens with Ocean Way

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Santa Barbara, CA’s Riviera Theatre was built in 1926, so when the historic site was given a $5 million renovation by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, one of the big considerations was sound. As one of just 26 theaters in the country with the state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound system, the people behind the Riviera’s transformation wanted the very best in loudspeaker performance to complete the incredible listening environment, so they turned to Ocean Way Audio for the essential screen channel monitoring. Last week, the completely renovated facility had its ribbon cutting ceremony.

Custom Ocean Way monitors being installed into thick insulation for the screen channels at the historic Riviera Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA.

Custom Ocean Way monitors being installed into thick insulation for the screen channels at the historic Riviera Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

The exterior of Santa Barbara’s historic Riviera Theatre. Built in 1926, the theater’s new owners, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, spared no expense in bringing the projection and audio systems up to the most state of the art, featuring a Dolby Atmos sound system and a custom Ocean Way Audio screen channel loudspeaker installation.

The theater is now open and running seven days a week, with beautiful decor and new large, plush seats to create a comfortable environment for moviegoers to experience the immersion in sound and picture in what be the finest non-profit film theater in the world.

Ocean Way Heads to the Tokyo International Audio Show

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Ocean Way Audio will be exhibiting at the 2017 Tokyo International Audio Show. The show, now in its 35th year, is the premier destination for serious audiophiles in Japan. Held September 29 through October 1 at the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho, the event is organized by the International Audio Society of Japan. Entrance is free upon filing out a registration card.

At the show, each exhibiting room is acoustically sealed for an ideal listening environment for playback demonstration. 192 of the world’s finest audio manufacturers will be on hand, including Ocean Way via our Japanese distributor Zephyrn, Inc., who will be highlighting our new Monterey high-fidelity speaker system.

Ocean Way Audio Monterey was designed by five-time Grammy® Award-winning engineer, producer, and recording studio designer Allen Sides. Many of the thousands of recordings created by Mr. Sides have become audiophile classics. He has worked with a list of the most respected and popular musical artists of the last 30 years. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’ studios have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

Monterey offers a proprietary three-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. The system delivers a very wide (100-degree horizontal × 40-degree vertical) dispersion with highly-consistent directivity response. The speakers incorporate an integrated two-way dual-horn system with a 1” high-frequency and 8” mid-frequency driver, mechanically time-aligned with twin 12” sub-bass drivers per channel. Their frequency response at 20Hz to 25 kHz surpasses the limits of standard human hearing.

Monterey’s design incorporates internal bracing, minimizing cabinet flexing and reducing baffle reflection, resulting in minimum low frequency resonance. The cabinet’s sleek, contemporary design beautifully maintains time alignment. The system is driven by twin analog amplifiers. Monterey is available in several custom finishes, from piano high gloss to fine woods.

Visit the Monterey detail page for more information and complete specifications.

LA/OC Audiophiles Gather at Ocean Way

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On Sunday June 25, we had the pleasure of hosting the Los Angeles & Orange Country Audio Society at our facilities in Burbank, CA for a special informal event. About 40 people came by to talk with our founder Allen Sides, and to have the chance to immerse themselves in our collection of the world’s finest loudspeakers. A complimentary lunch was served, and members got to participate in a free raffle for audio accessories.

One of the speakers demonstrated was our acclaimed HR3.5 Studio Monitor. The HR3.5 is a three-way system with 1” HF and 8” MF drivers that are mechanically time-aligned with twin 12” sub-bass drivers per channel. Its design includes our unusually wide signature 100×40-degree horizontal and vertical dispersion, yielding a massive sweet-spot across a broad area of the listening environment. Visitors to the event were also blown away — almost literally — by  the HR3.5’s 3400 watts/channel of pure power, along with their digital that accept 24bit/192kHz data streams. Analog inputs are also included. The event also included demos of our outstanding Eureka speakers and more.

Flashback: The Sound and History of Ocean Way Studios

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There’s a terrific blog post on the site of our friends at Universal Audio. The post has been up for quite some time, but it’s a wonderful story about how legendary audio engineer and UREI/UA founder Bill Putnam met a young man named Allen Sides, who went on to own and operate Ocean Way Studios and is now the founder and CEO of Ocean Way Audio.

Sides, at the time, was barely out of high school, but already had an immense interest in audio recording and speaker design, and had also developed an excellent sense of entrepreneurship. From the UA blog…

In the mid-70s, Bill Putnam Sr. of Universal Audio caught wind of “this kid” who had finagled his way into buying up some surplus gear from his UREI factory at fire sale prices. The story was that he had been selling some of it off at a handsome profit, and using the rest to help build a remarkable home studio right off the beach in nearby Santa Monica, CA.

After a brief meeting in his office, Bill Sr. decided to pay a visit, and took his son along for the ride. Bill Jr., just twelve years old at the time, remembers that day vividly, “We drove out in my dad’s Lincoln Continental, walked around the back of the house and into the garage, and there was this huge speaker system right in front of us. It seemed like it was ten feet tall. And when he played us a bunch of stuff that he had recorded, my dad’s jaw just dropped.”

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A photo of a very young Allen Sides working at the console at United Recording. Image courtesy of Universal Audio. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Allen and Bill hit it off right away, and ended up working closely together. Bill Putnam was perhaps the greatest mentor that Allen could have found, and likewise, Allen’s role as Bill’s protégé made him the perfect candidate to take over the former United Recording studio in the mid-1980s and give it the name of his former facility in Santa Monica… Ocean Way Studios. In addition to the original Hollywood facility, Allen went on to expand Ocean Way into multiple locations including Nashville, St Barth’s at Eden Rock and elsewhere. These facilities comprise the most award winning and successful music studios in the world, with albums recorded in Mr. Sides’ studios having sold in excess of one billion copies. But it really all started when Bill Putnam sought out “this kid” in Santa Monica.

Read the entire article here.

HR4s Head Down Under to Stefan Nowak Music

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Based in Sydney, Australia, Stefan Nowak is a respected musician and a studio owner. He’s operated his studio in various incarnations for over 25 years, and like many music creators, he’s gradually added to his gear list. Today, Stefan Nowak Music is filled with some of the finest modern recording and music production gear available, including the addition of an Avid ICON console/controller in 2015. This year, Stefan did a major upgrade to his facility when he took delivery of a pair of some of the world’s finest speakers for professional recording applications, and has just installed his set of Ocean Way Audio HR4 Studio Monitors. Stefan’s place is the first studio in Australia to choose the HR4 as their main studio monitor.

Stefan seems rather happy with his purchase. “They’re in!! And sound AMAZING!!!!,” he writes to us. He’s also offered to allow his fellow Aussie audio creators to stop by his place and get a demo of his new world-class studio speakers. You can learn more about Stefan Nowak Music and get in touch with Stefan by visiting his web site here.

Fun and Friends at Ocean Way’s Nashville Demo Sessions

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On May 10, we headed out to Music City, USA (aka Nashville, TN) for two excellent Ocean Way Audio demo events. The first was a series of one-on-one listening sessions with Ocean Way Audio founder and CEO Allen Sides at Vintage King. Later that evening, we headed around the corner to House of Blues Studios in Nashville’s historic Berry Hill neighborhood, where famed music producer T Bone Burnett keeps a studio space. The demos of our HR4(S) and Pro2A loudspeakers as well as our RM1-B Ribbon Microphone were all well received.

In addition to many denizens of the always-vibrant Nashville recording scene, we enjoyed the company of a number of friends and colleagues in town for the annual AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament. Below are a few photos from that evening’s gathering.

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Allen Sides with the RM1-B Ribbon Microphone.

Ocean Way’s Rick Plushner (left) and Allen Sides (right) surrounding Phil Wagner of Focusrite. Also seen: our HR4(S) and Pro2A monitors.

Allen Sides (left) with House of Blues Studios president Gary Belz.

Left to right: Dutch country/pop singer Ilse DeLange, House of Blues Studios president Gary Belz, Ocean Way Audio president Rick Plushner, studio designer Carl Tatz, pro audio/entertainment industry consultant Lisa Roy, and Focusrite/Novation president Phil Wagner.

Famed producer T Bone Burnett at the console, with Ocean Way Audio CEO Allen Sides listening intently.

Old friends (and recording industry giants) Allen Sides and T Bone Burnett at House of Blues Studios in Nashville.

Ocean Way Rocks High End Munich 2017

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Last week, we headed across the Atlantic over the Munich, Germany, where High End 2017 was happening. The High End Show is the international place to be for all creators and aficionados of the world’s best high-fidelity audiophile listening environments. Ocean Way Audio was at the show to not only display our acclaimed current line of high-fidelity loudspeakers, but also for the global introduction of our new top-of-the-line speaker, Monterey.

Partnering in a booth at the show with the world-renowned amplifier maker Viola Audio Laboratories, Ocean Way was constantly busy throughout the event, which ran from May 18-21. Over 500 exhibitors were showing their wares at High End Munich 2017, but Ocean Way Audio was undeniably one of the hit booths at the show. Having our founder and CEO Allen Sides there at the booth to personally showcase our products was probably one of the big draws… after all, it’s not every day that audiophiles get to meet that man who recorded some of the most popular albums in history that have sold in excess of one billion copies! Ultimately, though, they came by our booth to check out our Eureka and new Monterey loudspeakers.

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Outside of the sonically-treated demo room where Ocean Way Audio and Viola Labs partnered for the High End Munich 2017 show.

Inside the demo room, visitors to our booth got to experience some of the world’s finest audio thanks to our new Monterey speakers paired with Viola amplifiers and preamplifiers.

Mix Magazine Reviews the RM1-B Ribbon Microphone

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In the May 2017 issue of Mix Magazine, reviewer Barry Rudolph — a respected Los Angeles-based audio engineer and educator — gave an excellent review of our RM1-B Ribbon Microphone. Barry took the RM1-B through its paces on a number of sources, including voiceover recording, acoustic guitar/vocal performance, electric guitar cabinet miking, and as room mics for drums.

After setting up two RM1-Bs in a Blumlein coincident stereo pair array, Barry reported, “This setup produced one of the best room sounds I’ve ever heard. I got a complete drum sound with loads of low frequencies – much more than using a condenser. The 24-inch kick sounded like it did in the room, and the toms and snare were all in balance and present.”

He concludes, “I was impressed by the ultra-realistic capture provided by Ocean Way Audio’s RM1-B Active Ribbon microphone. It is excellent for instruments or vocals — close in for medium to soft sources or for the ambient pickup of distant loud instruments such as drum kits or guitar/bass cabinets.”

You can see the entire review by enlarging the images below, or by seeing this month’s Mix Magazine issue online.

Introducing Monterey, Our New Flagship High-Fidelity Loudspeaker

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BURBANK, CA (May 4, 2017) – Expanding their line of acclaimed loudspeakers for high-fidelity listening environments, Ocean Way Audio has announced Monterey, a highly-efficient 3-way speaker with a dual/hybrid waveguide system.

“We’re tremendously proud of Monterey,” says Ocean Way Audio founder and CEO Allen Sides. “This is a system that delivers accurately-matched and detailed imaging with an unusually wide horizontal and vertical dispersion, yielding a massive sweet-spot across a broad area of the listening environment. Even from the far corners of the room, you’ll get a highly consistent listening experience. The Monterey has virtually unlimited dynamic range with phenomenally low distortion, an extremely important trait that’s critical for accurate sonic reproduction, and completely missing from most audiophile loudspeakers.”

“Monterey represents one of the finest loudspeakers ever created for the experience of listening to music in the way it was meant to be heard,” adds Rick Plushner, Ocean Way Audio president. “It’s the ultimate combination of detail and power.”

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Monterey with its grille removed to show the twin 12″ LF drivers.

Ocean Way Audio Monterey was designed by five-time Grammy® Award-winning engineer, producer, and recording studio designer Allen Sides. Many of the thousands of recordings created by Mr. Sides have become audiophile classics. He has worked with a list of the most respected and popular musical artists of the last 30 years. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’ studios have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

Monterey offers a proprietary three-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. The system delivers a very wide (100-degree horizontal × 40-degree vertical) dispersion with highly-consistent directivity response. The speakers incorporate an integrated two-way dual-horn system with a 1” high-frequency and 8” mid-frequency driver, mechanically time-aligned with twin 12” sub-bass drivers per channel. Their frequency response at 20Hz to 25 kHz surpasses the limits of standard human hearing.

Monterey’s design incorporates internal bracing, minimizing cabinet flexing and reducing baffle reflection, resulting in minimum low frequency resonance. The cabinet’s sleek, contemporary design beautifully maintains time alignment. The system is driven by twin analog amplifiers. Monterey is available in many custom finishes, from piano high gloss to fine woods.

Visit the Monterey detail page for more information and complete specifications.

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