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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, October 20, 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.
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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

Component description:
- High Frequency driver has a 19,000 gauss magnetic  structure and   titanium diaphragm with aluminum voice coil, two-inch  throat
- Mid Bass woofer is 15-inch and has an 11,000 gauss magnetic structure with an aluminum voice coil
- Sub Bass woofers are twin 12-inch and have 11,000 gauss magnetic structures

Weights and size:
305 lb, 28" width x 29" max depth x 46" height, each cabinet

About Ocean Way Recording and Allen Sides
Allen Sides, the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and mixer who founded Ocean Way Recording, developed these  renowned speaker   systems. His studios and his Ocean Way Monitoring  Systems have since helped artists like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton,  Eminem, Janet   Jackson and Radiohead, to name a few, create milestone  music recordings. Through an exclusive arrangement with GC Pro, the  famed   Ocean Way Monitoring Systems can now be custom tailored and  installed in commercial recording facilities, private studios, home  theaters and a   variety of other critical listening environments.
Mr. Sides designed, built and owns Ocean  Way Studios Hollywood, Ocean   Way Studios Nashville, Ocean Way Studio  St. Barth’s at Eden Rock and   Record One Studios Sherman Oaks. Together,  these constitute the most   award-winning and successful music studios in  the world. Mr. Sides has   also personally recorded over 500 albums, many  of which have become   audiophile classics. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’  studios have sold in   excess of 1 billion copies. Mr. Sides brings a new  dimension and   understanding to what is possible in high-end speaker  design, and the   Impact is the realization of this experience.

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