Just a year after its introduction, the Ocean Way Audio HR4 Reference Monitor has received a nomination for the highest honor offered for professional audio technology equipment design: the TEC Award. The HR4 has been nominated for the 2017 TEC Award in the “Studio Monitors” category. The awards will be announced in January 2017 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.
“We’re honored that the HR4 is being considered for a TEC Award,” says Rick Plushner, president of Ocean Way Audio. “Just receiving the nomination is an outstanding recognition of the efforts that went into the design and manufacturing of a truly world-class studio monitor.”
Introduced at the AES Convention last Fall, the HR4 is a two-way, self-powered monitor that is at home on a consoles meter bridge or free-standing speaker stands. Designed by OWA CEO and founder Allen Sides, who is a multiple Grammy award-winning engineer, producer, and studio owner, the HR4 reproduces a frequency range of 45Hz to over 20kHz with an SPL of 115db; therefore, no sub-woofer is required. However, for those who want to play their mix exceptionally loud, the company offers a companion self-powered sub, the S12A, which pushes levels beyond 118db and frequency response down to 30Hz. Sides states, “We’ve captured the sonic performance of our large horn-based wave guide design, which delivers 100 degree dispersion, and have released this unique speaker in a 24-inch mixing-board-friendly design.”
The TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Awards are presented annually by the NAMM Foundation at The NAMM Show, and recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media. Award categories span 25 Technical Achievement Categories and eight Creative Achievement Categories. The NAMM TEC Awards are known as the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry. It’s where the most outstanding products in the worlds of music making, live performances, video games, television and films are recognized and where creative luminaries are celebrated for their musical contributions.
The Ocean Way Audio HR4 is now available at select professional audio retailers.