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Ocean Way Audio HR5 2-Way Active Studio Monitor - Single

2-way active main studio monitor - hybrid horn/waveguide system with 90-watt 1" high-frequency and 125-watt 7" low-frequency drivers

Product Description

Designed to deliver performance better than any speaker of its size or price range, the Ocean Way Audio HR5 is the latest offering from loudspeaker designer, engineer, and producer Allen Sides, who has personally recorded over 500 albums, many of which having become audiophile classics. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides's studios have sold in excess of one billion copies. The Ocean Way Audio HR5 2-Way Active Studio Monitor offers the biggest sweet spot of any speaker system available today, along with incredibly precise imaging, wide frequency range, and plenty of power with very low distortion and no trace of harshness or coloration.

Until the creation of this unique Ocean Way technology this was simply not possible. This is achieved through the use of Ocean Way's patented twin constant directivity HF and Low band horns and their unique driving elements. The HR5 like all OWA monitors from the smallest to the largest are + or -1 dB of matching each other throughout their entire extended frequency range. This provides the listener with superb imaging and the ability to position and set the level of every instrument and vocal in a mix with complete confidence knowing that it will translate no matter where the mix is played.

An important characteristic of the HF and mid band constant directivity horns which are milled out of solid blocks of wood that are totally nonresonant is their ability to provide greater efficiency in their respective bands as compared to conventional direct radiators. This extra efficiency means the HF and LF bands don't have to work as hard even at the loudest levels and requires half of the power of conventional direct radiating components. This translates into very low distortion even at high volume levels. Because of their true constant directivity nature and their unique driving elements and construction these horns sound completely natural without a trace of harshness or coloration. Simply stated they have no horn sound! The high frequency driving element utilizes a 1 inch silk dome with aluminum voice coil with a large magnetic structure so unlike conventional horn drivers it has no phasing plug and there for significantly lower distortion. With 1 watt in at 1 k, the HF section will produce 104 dB at one meter. The high-frequency section is driven by a separate 90 watt amp. Another important aspect to the HR5's exceptional performance is the ability of each of its HF and LF components to all produce excellent performance well above and below their respective crossover points. This and the fact that the HF and LF band components are in exact physical time alignment and have horns with identical flare rates provides a virtually perfect transition between all ranges. Even if you were to listen one foot from an HR5 the transition between the components is inaudible. It simply sounds like one congruent

One of the most important and unique qualities of HR5 is the ability to provide a perfect 100 degrees of horizontal dispersion. What this equates to is simply no matter where you stand the speaker sounds the same. This gives you the biggest sweet spot of any speaker system available today. If you are sitting in what might be described as the perfect on axis position in front of the speakers everyone behind you will still hear the same balance and tonal qualities that you hear. The tremendous horizontal dispersion of the HR5 is based on the design of the speakers at Ocean Way Recording, which utilized this same 100 degree design in every one of the various studios' 18 controls rooms, and is the hallmark of the famous Ocean Way sound.


  • A perfect 100 degrees of horizontal dispersion for consistently great sound from anywhere in the room
  • ±1 dB of matching performance throughout their entire extended frequency range
  • Clear and defined bass down to 45 Hz and below... remarkable for a small speaker
  • High-performance 7" woofer with a very light cone and aluminum voice coil
  • Rear-ported cabinet to extend the wavelength of the bass path in smaller rooms
  • 1" silk dome high frequency driver with aluminum voice coil and a large magnetic structure
  • Bi-amped design: 125 watt amp for LF driver, 90 watt amp for HF driver

Product Specifications

Condition New
Width 17.5 in
Depth 14.5 in
Height 12 in
Unit Weight 38 lb
Active or Passive Active
Digital I/O Yes
Monitor Application Mid-Field, Near-Field
Speaker Configuration Two-Way
Driver Sizes HF: 1"; LF: 7"
Number of Speakers Single
Amp Wattage HF: 90 W; LF: 125 W
Frequency Range 45 Hz - 20 kHz
Max. SPL 110 dB

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Clear, accurate and producing a very 'wide' image. Truly worth the price!

By Bob P on January 3, 2022

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