Guitar Center Professional Debuts Ocean Way HR-3 High Resolution Reference Monitor System at AES

October 21, 2011
Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, and the exclusive U.S. distributor of the famed Ocean Way Monitoring Systems, is pleased to announce the introduction of the HR-3 High Resolution Reference Monitor System. Intended as a high-definition reference point to sonically judge and discern intricate musical balances for final mixes, the Ocean Way HR-3 monitors will satisfy the most discriminating audiophile, yet still be capable of meeting the most demanding dynamic range and accuracy required by studio professionals. What separates the HR-3 from other high-end audiophile loudspeakers, apart from its use by professionals, is its capacity to provide virtually unlimited dynamic range while maintaining absolutely matched uniform frequency response between channels.

Designed by Allen Sides, the GRAMMY Award-winning engineer, producer and mixer who founded Ocean Way Recording, the new HR-3 monitor system is the culmination of almost 40 years of his experience designing high resolution studio speaker systems for his many studios and a wide variety of commercial installations, including George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch scoring stage; Trevor Horn’s Sarm Studios in London; and Walt Disney’s Hollywood Records, as well as private installations for musical artists like Gwen Stefani, Dave Grohl and Beck.

The two sides from 1k to 20k typically fall within 1dB of each other, creating absolute symmetry in regards to stereo imaging. The HR-3’s uniform dispersion, coupled with very smooth off-axis response from its 15-inch mid bass driver, allows for a very wide listening window, helping to eliminate the narrow “sweet spot” effect. The HR-3’s twin 12-inch subwoofers also produce extended and detailed low end to 20Hz. The unit’s power handling is an impressive 800 Watts continuous for the twin sub bass woofers, 400 Watts continuous for the mid bass woofers and 100 Watts continuous (650 Hz and up) for the high frequency driver. The HR-3 is capable of producing a maximum SPL of over 110 db at six (6) feet, 20 to 20kHz.
The Ocean Way HR-3 (in addition to the HR-2) was deigned to bridge the gap between superb audiophile speakers and accurate professional studio monitors. There is nothing currently manufactured anywhere in the world at any price that looks, sounds or performs like the Allen Sides Signature Series monitors.  The monitors integrate brilliant horn designs, never fully realized from the late 1950s, with exceptional wide bandwidth, low distortion drivers and a tri-amplified / equalized electronic package second to none.

Like all Ocean Way monitors, the HR-3 is specially engineered to reveal things in users’ best recordings and mixes they may have never heard and provide dynamics they may have not thought possible. Every nuance is clearly and starkly evident. From a recording engineer’s standpoint, these are invaluable assets, allowing for the best recording and mixes possible, and from the audiophile’s standpoint, their best recordings will sound simply exceptional.

The Ocean Way HR-3 specifications are impressive:
- Frequency response +/- 2dB, 20Hz – 20kHz
- Symmetry between channels +/- 0.5 dB, 1k to 20kHz
- Maximum SPL – Over 110 dB at 6 feet, 20Hz to 20kHz
- Maximum Power Handling Capacity:
- High Frequency Driver Max 100 Watts continuous, 650 Hz and up
(Note: 1 watt in at 1k measured at 3 feet produces 108 dB)
- Mid Bass Woofer max 400 Watts continuous
- Twin Sub Bass Woofers max 800 Watts continuous
- High Frequency horn with a 90-degree by 40-degree dispersion has a 500Hz cutoff
- Crossover points: 650Hz and 80Hz, 18 dB per octave
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