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Ocean Way Audio Picks Sommer Cable

Ocean Way Audio, founded by multi-Grammy award-winning engineer/producer and former studio owner Allen Sides, has chosen Sommer Cable for it’s high-resolution HR3.5 monitor systems.

Sides explains his decision to use Sommer cable, “We made direct listening comparison with other cables and Bruce Marien, our chief technician, thought these were very good and functionally suited to our needs. We’re very particular about quality, and the quality was there, but so was the function. The HR3.5 has been an immensely successful product for us, and of course, it utilizes these cables.”

Ernie Woody, Ocean Way Audio’s Director of Production and Operations elaborated, “We use the Elephant Robust AWG11 gauge for the low frequency speakers, and the regular Elephant AWG13 gauge for the high frequency and mid-frequency.”

Ocean Way Audio’s HR3.5 monitor system was initially designed as a high definition reference point to sonically judge intricate musical balances for final mixes but the specific attributes also make the HR-3.5 an exceptional audiophile speaker. What separates the HR3.5s from other high-end 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. 

Ernie Woody recalls, “We’ve had quite a few cable manufacturers send us their products and there was one that we were happy with for quite a while, but it was just not very flexible and was a lot harder to work with. We started using Sommer cable in our Pro Audio products not only because it is such good cable, but also because it is so flexible for the internal wiring inside the speaker cabinets, and it comes in the gauges that Bruce Marien requires. We liked it so much that we started stocking it and using it for the actual external speaker runs that we do between the amplifiers and the speakers, as well.”

Allen Sides has been a dedicated audiophile and musician since the age of 13. Ocean Way Audio product offerings are the culmination of almost 40 years of his experience designing high resolution studio speaker systems for his many studios as well as a wide variety of commercial installations including George Lucas’s 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.

Ocean Way Audio is using these Sommer Cable products:

Elephant SPM415 – 490-0051-415 

Elephant Robust SPM440 

Free one-foot cable samples are available upon request.

Learn more about Ocean Way Audio at:


Sommer Cable Germany is an enterprising development and manufacturing company of innovative and unique cable, connector and electronic products for the Studio, A/V Installation, Live Sound, Broadcast, Video, Music, IT and HiFi markets, with business partners in over 50 countries. In 2015, Sommer Cable America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sommer Cable Germany, was established in Santa Rosa, CA by new CEO Martin Ucik. The new company supplies the North American markets with Sommer’s wide range of innovative and high quality products. 707.200.4020