Decibel Hi Fi is now the importer for Ohm Acoustic loudspeakers. This is a brand that been around for over 35 years in the USA but not represented in Australia for about 25 years. Taking on this brand of speakers is a major undertaking and there are many factors influencing the decision. Firstly, the company. They still provide support to customers who purchased speakers from them 30 or more years ago. That customer service mentality is laudable and helps account for the brand's longetivity and the fact that practically all sales come from recommendations. Secondly, the design. They use a unique omnidirectional Walsh driver. This wide range driver avoids crossovers in the critical midrange frequencies and the dispersion pattern makes music sound more natural and the listening position non-critical. And as the same drivers are used in each model the sound is consistent across the range, with the larger more expensive models only necessary for larger rooms and higher sound levels. Thirdly, their distribution is factory direct, which reduces the prices to customers by as much as 50% compared to what they would sell for via dealer showrooms. Another factor is their 120 day money-back satisfaction guarantee. We are offering the same. I have always believed that in-store demonstrations have limited value. You really want to hear the product in your own environment, with your music, and take your time to evaluate how it suits your tastes. I think this is particularly important with speakers that are a major investment, and that you will probably live with for a long time. Customers in or near Brisbane can arrange a demonstration in our demo room or at their home. For interstate customers please contact us to make arrangements for a 7 day home evaluation trial. We will be demonstrating the Ohm W1000 and W2000 at the Audio Show in Sydney in October.
What can you expect with these unique speakers?
You will hear a wide, tall and deep 3-D sonic image of the performers from almost any place in the room - not only in one tiny spot directly in front of the speakers.
True high fidelity loudspeakers should be able to create a three dimensional (3-D) sonic picture of a musical performance. Conventional speakers that can do this are few and far between, and only the listener sitting directly in front of the speakers would enjoy the full benefits. Everyone else in the room would hear a performance dominated by sound from the nearest speaker.
With Ohm Acoustics speakers, all the listeners in the room hear a balanced 3-D image. Wherever you sit in the room, the extra distance the sound has to travel to reach you from the speaker is exactly offset by that speaker's louder output from that direction. If the same level of sound is fed to both speakers, the listeners on the far left hear both speakers at the same level, even though they are much farther from the right speaker than the left.
This acoustical technique is called Controlled Directivity, and it takes advantage of the fact that humans localize the source of sound using different cuing mechanisms at different frequencies. It isn't enough to merely aim speakers diagonally across the listening area. In each frequency range the output level and directivity must be carefully regulated to achieve the desired results. This Full Room Stereo capability allows everyone in the room to enjoy the performance as much as the person sitting in dead center. All Ohm speakers are designed to deliver Full Room Stereo.