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OWA Receives “Best Room” Award at AXPONA 2019

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Ocean Way Audio is proud to have been named a “Best Room” at the 2019 AXPONA Show. Held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL from April 12-14, AXPONA is the Audio Expo North America show, and is considered one of the key international events for the community of high-fidelity audio enthusiasts, showcasing more than 185 listening rooms. At the show, Ocean Way was demonstrating our Monterey loudspeaker system.

Monterey being exhibited at AXPONA 2019. Photo courtesy of

Per a report by Rick Becker at, the Monterey system was one of the highlights of the entire event. “Music through the Ocean Way Audio horn loaded Monterey speakers ($34,000) created by multiple Grammy Award winner Allen Sides was dynamic, transparent and very well focused producing a “you are there” experience. This was certainly one of the most interesting and probably one of the Best Rooms at the show.”

Monterey offers a proprietary 3-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. It gives listeners an ultra-wide horizontal sweet-spot with rich detail across a broad area of the listening zone. At the show, Monterey demos were given by Ocean Way Audio founder and speaker designer, multiple Grammy winner Allen Sides.

April 12-14: See Ocean Way at AXPONA 2019

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If you’re in the Chicago area and are an aficionado of the finest audio products and technologies, head over to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center this weekend for the Audio Expo North America show, also known as AXPONA. You’ll find Ocean Way Audio at Booth 1418, with multiple Grammy-winning audio engineer and loudspeaker designer Allen Sides showing some of our finest high resolution monitoring systems including Monterey.

Monterey offers a proprietary 3-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. It gives listeners an ultra-wide horizontal sweet-spot with rich detail across a broad area of the listening zone.

Tickets for AXPONA are available onsite, and more info is available on the AXPONA web site here.

Axpona 2019 Show
April 12 – 14, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

April 2-5 2019: OWA at Musikmesse 2019

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Musikmesse, Europe’s biggest trade fair for the music industry, is coming right up at the start of April, and Ocean Way Audio will be there in a big way! If you’re planning on attending the show, you’ll find us at Halle 8.0, Stand G25.

What can you expect to see when you come by our booth? Allen Sides, Ocean Way Audio founder and CEO, will be there in person, doing demos of our acclaimed line of studio loudspeaker products including the Pro2A, the HR4S, and the HR3.5 System. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Ocean Way Audio’s RM1-B Ribbon Microphone, which offers the greatest magnetic field strength ever available in a ribbon mic.

We welcome you to come by and ask Allen your questions about these fine products, or to chat with him about the studios he’s designed and the long list of hit records he’s worked on. We look forward to seeing you there!

Audio Video SA Review: Pro2A Studio Monitor

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After doing a short “quick review” last fall, Audio Video SA has just come out with a complete and thorough review of our compact yet extraordinary Ocean Way Audio Pro2A Studio Monitor. Well written by audio expert and editor Deon Schoeman, you can read the entire review here, and check out some snippets below.

“Close your eyes, and it’s impossible to pin-point where the monitors are relative to the soundstage – and predictably they sound much larger and more tonally generous than the actual devices.”

“The Pro2As may be compact, but they were well up to the challenge of recreating (Jean-Michel) Jarre’s vast and intricately rendered soundscapes. Not only that, but they were able to unravel the density and complexity of the music in a way that was almost magically revealing.”

“In fact, overall tonality was remarkably neutral, with a linearity that extended from low to high with a natural eloquence that contributed to the realism and believability of the music. Upper trebles were crisp and lucid, imparting precision and accuracy, but steering clear of becoming harsh or fatiguing.”

“They not only offer exceptional tonal breadth and dimensionality, but thanks to their carefully matched on-board amplification, also have the pace, punch and attack to match.”

Get more information and see our full specifications on the Pro2A here.

Dealer Spotlight: VOIX (Prague, Czech Republic)

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At the end of September, a beautiful new showroom and luxury audio store opened in Prague, Czech Republic. Based on its outstanding design and wide selection of equipment, VOIX is destined to become one of Europe’s premier destinations for those who appreciate the absolute best in audiophile gear. We’re proud that VOIX is carrying Ocean Way Audio’s excellent selection of loudspeaker products.

With the store and showroom, VOIX offers its customers an area of ​​nearly 600 square meters of luxury audio and video equipment of the best brands. Visitors can also enjoy the depth and clarity of the tones in the listening rooms, or relax in a tailor-made mini cinema. For more information, visit the Voix web site.

Dušní 3, Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic

The mini-cinema at VOIX featuring an impressive Ocean Way Audio system that includes HR3.5 LCR screen channels, S212A LFE channels, our HR4 side and rear surrounds, four PRO2AS ceiling surrounds, and S12A MKII surround bass management.

Here’s what’s behind the screen!

The view of VOIX from outside.

OWA Dazzles Attendees of 2018 Tokyo International Audio Show

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Held in the always-lovely city of Tokyo, Japan from November 16-18, 2018, this year’s Tokyo International Audio Show was a big hit for Ocean Way Audio! The exhibition, held at the Tokyo International Forum, was presented by the International Audio Society of Japan, and consisted of 35 acoustically-sealed rooms, offering an ideal listening environment for playback demonstrations of Ocean Way Audio products including our acclaimed Monterey high-fidelity loudspeaker.

Visitors to our demo room — which was packed throughout the show — were thrilled to get a personal demo from Ocean Way’s founder and CEO, the famed speaker designer and Grammy-winning producer/engineer Allen Sides. We hope everyone who attended the Tokyo show enjoyed themselves, and we look forward to our next opportunity to show off our finest equipment at this prestigious event!

Allen Sides discusses the development of the Monterey high-fidelity speaker system at the 2018 Tokyo International Audio Show.

Getting a personal demo from Allen Sides, who has been involved in some of the top-selling recordings in history, is a treat for visitors to the Tokyo show.

Pro2A Reference Monitor “Quick Review” in Audio Video SA

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Our Pro2A Reference Monitor just received an outstanding review in Audio Video SA, one of South Africa’s leading resources of audio and video product news and information. You can read the entire review here.

In the succinct review, writer Deon Schoeman says, “Seated in the listening chair, less than 2m away from the speakers, I was astounded by the openness and accessibility of the sound, which seemed completely devoid of any identifiable point source. The music image was spread wide and deep, with an uncanny ability to pinpoint the exact location of each voice and instrument on the soundstage. As clichéd as the description may be, the sound was believably, immersively three-dimensional. I had expected the Pro2A’s to be clinically precise and unflinchingly revealing, and yes, they did open up a big, wide window on the music. But there was nothing uncompromising or overly analytical about the delivery: the sound had an almost tactile presence and an engaging realism that made the music come alive.”

The Ocean Way Audio Pro2A is available now at your Ocean Way dealer or international distributor.

HR3.5 Monitor System with A-4100 Amplifier Nominated for 2019 TEC Award

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Since its establishment in 1985, the TEC Awards have honored the very best in both the technologies and creativity that go into the world of professional audio. Ocean Way Audio is very proud to have been nominated again for the 34th annual TEC Awards, this time for the combination of our HR3.5 Reference Monitor and our A-4100 Amplifier. The awards ceremony will be held in January 2019 in conjunction with the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Voting for the TEC Award winners will commence later this year.

“We are very excited to have the HR3.5/A-4100 system included in the TEC Award nominations,” says Allen Sides, founder and CEO of Ocean Way Audio. “We truly believe that with this system, we’ve created the perfect high-end monitoring solution that is still affordable for professional recording and monitoring environments.”

The HR3.5 Reference Monitor is a stand-alone or soffit-mounted monitor speaker that delivers a frequency response of 20 Hz to 22 kHz with a solid SPL of 120db. It incorporates an integrated 2-way dual-horn system with a l” HF and 8″ MF drivers, mechanically time-aligned with twin 12″ sub-bass drivers per channel. Powering the HR3.5 system are Ocean Way Audio’s state-of-the-art A-4100 amplifiers, offering both analog and digital inputs, 96 kHz and 24 bit sampling, tri-amped delivering 3,400 watts per channel of pure power. At the heart of the acoustic design is OWA’s geometrically-complex, stone-casted dual/hybrid waveguide system.

Visit here for a complete list of this year’s TEC Award technical nominees.

Pearl Drums Turns to Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 System

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Founded in 72 years ago in 1946, Pearl is one of the world’s most respected drum and percussion product manufacturers. Over the years, many of the world’s most highly acclaimed drummers have turned to Pearl for their innovative products. At their US headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, the company made a smart move by building their own recording studio for the purposes of creating audio/video content that helps promote their products. As a musical instrument designer and manufacturer, it was of utmost importance that their promotional audio samples and video demos truly allowed the listener to hear the advantages offered by Pearl’s products, which are so plentiful that it made more economic sense to build their own recording facility than go to outside studios for each recording session.

When the Pearl Drums studio chose an Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 system, we wanted to know why, so we spoke with Mike Ferriss, Pearl Corporation’s Studio Director/Special Projects Manager.

Where did you first hear about the HR3.5?
I heard about the HR3.5’s from Chad over at Vintage King. We had been auditioning different systems at our new studio and nothing seemed to be working. Most larger systems have sub-added packages, and I am not a big fan of the separate sub cabinet. Once we had gone through all the options in Nashville, I suggested that we should attend the A.E.S. show in Los Angeles, thinking most of the manufacturers would be there. After a long day on the floor listening to what must have been 25 different systems, we finally came upon the Ocean Way booth. I was amazed at the clarity and imaging I was hearing in a trade show hall. Allan (Sides, Ocean Way founder) was playing some of his great recordings, and everything was right there. It sounded perfect. Just what I had been looking for.

Had you had previous experiences with Ocean Way monitoring systems?
I had tried out a set of the HR4S that Vintage King had on site. But again, I am not a big fan of the separate sub cabinet. The imaging was very good, but the feel was a little different in our studio. These are very good monitors, but for Pearl Drums we wanted to create an experience for the artist. I wanted to make sure that when they sat down to listen to a session that the raw rough mix was undeniable. That the artist felt great about what they were hearing and excited to create more content. We work with some of the greatest drummers in the world, and I wanted to make sure that the playback was comparable to their talent.

Ocean Way’s Allen Sides (middle) visits the Nashville headquarters and recording studios for Pearl Drums. Joining him is (left) Terry West, President of Pearl Corporation US, and (right) Mike Farriss, Studio Director & Special Projects Manager.

What about the HR3.5 makes it the right choice for the Pearl studio?
Drums are an incredibly exciting instrument to record. You have the lowest of lows and the highest of highs, and every frequency in-between. You have beautiful clean tones coming from the toms, and the white noise of stacked cymbals. When you sit behind a set of Pearl drums, you have between 100 to 180 degrees of percussive components surrounding you. The ability to accurately reproduce the sounds and tones, in space, with the drummer’s prospective in mind, requires a very specific tool. The HR3.5’s reproduce this experience in a way that is accurate and exciting. When working with the best musicians, you need the best products. And we have had many wonderful comments from our artists about the quality of sound reproduction and the incredible imaging of these monitors.

Tell me more about what Pearl does at the studio.
We built the studio at Pearl Drums because of the ever-changing needs of our marketing department. With the Internet and social media demanding more content, it became clear that we needed a facility to create and control our image to the public. The content we create is featured on Pearl’s YouTube channel. This, however, is not its only use. Content is available for dealers, and is a useful tool in the marketing of our products through their stores. Some content is for products that cannot be heard because of packaging. There is also educational content for consumers to help grow additional markets. Some content exists simply for entertainment. We want kids to know how much fun drumming is. The most important aspects of all the above uses is that our products look good and sound good. You get one chance for a first impression, so you better make the best of it.

How did things go with the installation of the HR3.5 and integrating them into your system?
The installation was very easy. It integrated perfectly into our existing system. All that was needed was the standard height and spacing requirements for monitors in any control room setup. In all honesty, the HR3.5’s made obvious a few flaws with our control room, but these were very easily fixed. And that brings up another great feature with the HR3.5’s. These monitors are driven by Ocean Way’s own A-4100 DSP amplifiers. The A-4100’s feature a few factory-installed presets based off of information gathered during the factory testing. This will allow you a few options to help fine-tune to your listening environment. If you should run into problems caused by the design of your control room, the DSP allows for custom tuning options to offset some problems you may encounter. With proper testing and shared information, a custom program can be created for your specific control room environment.

ADG Products CEO Alberto Guerra in front of an Ocean Way Audio Monterey speaker at T.H.E. Show 2018.

AudioHead Recaps T.H.E. Show

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AGD Productions CEO Alberto Guerra in front of an Ocean Way Audio Monterey speaker at T.H.E. Show 2018.

Writing for AudioHead, Bryan Beasley took a trip to The Home Entertainment Show, aka T.H.E. Show, in Irvine, CA last weekend, and documented his experiences. He seems to have enjoyed himself overall, but he made it clear that his highlight of the show was wandering into Room 312, where Ocean Way Audio was exhibiting along with our friends at AGD Productions.

“Eventually, I found my way into the AGD Productions room. There I was seduced by the sweet amber light of the AGD Vivace GaNTube MonoBlock amplifier. With Allen Sides’ Ocean Way Audio speakers attached, the system was humming and had pulled a packed room. Allen, a multi-grammy award winning producer, was basically DJ’ing. Showing the range of the setup, he pushed and pulled between classical, standards and good old rock-n-roll. With a tap of the shoulder, Alberto Guerra, AGD’s CEO, introduce himself to me. Alberto, with his smooth Italian accent, took me on an in-depth tech walkabout explaining the magic of the GaNTube sound. Most of it went over my head, but what I do know is that the system truly had a complex intensity – I loved it.”

Bryan also got to hear the story of when Alberto from AGD first met Ocean Way Audio CEO Allen Sides.

“It wasn’t until Alberto saw the wall filled with Platinum Albums (from the likes of Sinatra, Diamond, Manilow, and Aerosmith) all engineered and mixed by Allen, that he realized he’d just passed the ultimate audiophile test. I’m very much looking forward to what these two have in store for us in the near future.”

Read Bryan’s entire article on T.H.E. Show here.