The Audiophiliac recently
visited the Oswald's Mill Audio showroom in Brooklyn to take in the full
experience. The big draw was the new Ironic speaker, and while this image looks
great, it's nothing like seeing it in Brooklyn.
Viewed from the side, the Ironic is a
thin panel, while from the rear you see a vintage 15-inch woofer and a ribbon
tweeter. The woofer radiates sound forward and to the rear. The Ironic speakers are works of art that also play
Four years in the making, the Imperia is a
four-way speaker system with a vertical array of massive horn drivers and a
subwoofer horn using a 21-inch neodymium subwoofer. OMA electronics are on the
right side of the picture.
This very large loudspeaker's
"body" is constructed entirely out of solid Pennsylvania hardwood walnut,
cherry or ash. It is completely hand-built and finished. It features a 15-inch
woofer and a vintage compression horn driver that was made by RCA for movie-theater sound systems!
This is a prototype of a
speaker Weiss might call the Cobbler. It's a large, 80-pound
"bookshelf" speaker that uses
a vintage air motion transformer tweeter and a JBL woofer, both mounted on a 1-inch
thick piece of water-jet-cut Pennsylvania slate, on a Pennsylvania black walnut
The 71-inch-tall Monarch speakers'
"wings" are functional baffles that help two 15-inch woofers deliver
the deepest bass frequencies. OMA's cast-aluminum alloy horn covers midrange
and high frequencies. A stylish rack of OMA electronics sits between the two
This picture only shows the main part
of OMA's ultimate, 15-watt-per-channel Hollander amplifier, which is built on
three chassis that weigh a total of 225 pounds. Each chassis is built by hand
from Pennsylvania black walnut with dovetail joinery, finished in tung oil, and
topped with slate.