Ocean Way Audio wall-mounted monitors can still be found in many great studios across the world, the ones that have survived that is. Here they are now launching three new pairs of near- to mid-field monitors. Clearly trying to enter the growing market of small to mid sized studios, will these prove too unusual for most?
Their unusual design, which can also be seen here in the HR4, is based around a unique waveguide system for a wide dispersion pattern. The concept is to provide the same sonic experience across the control room. I admire this approach immensely, and it may address one of the biggest issues nearly all control rooms suffer from. But I am sceptical. I’ve heard an old pair of the wall-mounted monitors before, which were probably so heavily used, it wouldn’t be fair for me to judge them by that experience. I’m also aware my scientific knowledge isn’t strong enough to make a negative claim, so I will remain in the undecided camp until I hear them. The problem is, I think I’m one of many that hold this opinion.
The HR4 is a self-powered, dual-amped speaker that can run alone, or with a separate sub known as the HR4S. It’s this model which makes me most curious. The Pro2A looks far more conventional and coming from a pro audio company with years of experience, I expect this could be a great-sounding unit. Each system comes with oodles of heritage and industry support. For starters, Ocean Way’s leading designer and co-founder Allen Sides is a multi-Grammy award winner for his work as an engineer and studio owner.
Guide prices for these new units are 6000 USD for the HR4’s, and 3500 USD for the Pro2A’s. These prices feel about right for the market, including a little something extra for the name.
More information about the HR4’s: http://oceanwayaudio.com/hr4/
More information about the Pro2A’s: http://oceanwayaudio.com/pro2a/