OS Acoustics are a new comer to the world of studio monitors, but have arrived with a bang, their flagship monitor, the DB7, is every bit as good as its contemporaries and should be seriously considered for demo.
In an industry which seems to be transitioning more and more towards DSP based systems with the new Adam SV range, Genelecs GLM systems, Dynaudio, EVE Audio and more, all now employing DSP signal processing of some description. The stage seemed set then a newcomer emerged during this period of transition to shake things up and challenge the status quo. The OS Acoustics DB7 studio monitor has a powerful DSP system, which enables the selection of 8 on-board presets. These include a critically flat option, when a true reference is required. There is a voiced setting and perhaps most interesting of all OS Acoustics promote a Linear Phase FIR filter, which corrects the total system phase error. A corrected phase response improves imaging and subjective ‘tightness’ on the bottom end. Lastly, there is a neat setting for smaller mixing rooms, which corrects the base response hump usually encountered in small rooms where local boundary re-enforcements artificially boost the bottom end. It’s a well thought-out, neat and modern approach with enough flexibility for most environments.
The other thing that OS Acoustics heavily promote is their use of high fidelity, rigid diaphragm drivers. When looking at the technical specifications, we were surprised at how powerful the amplifiers were. After speaking with OS Acoustics they confirmed that in order to maintain peak transient stability, which a high quality reference monitor should do, the amplifier needs to deliver 6dB more (four times the power) than the continuous power handling of the driver units. Operating at less than the peak output also reduces harmonic distortion and improves the lifespan of the amplifier.
It becomes clear pretty quickly when listening that they are a very serious studio monitor, we could insert any number of audiophile terms here (clean, transparent, natural, etc) but they really do have to be heard, we would strongly recommend trying a set. Please call now to arrange a demo. Oh, and did we mention that they look super tasty!
For more details and tech-spec of the OS Acoustics DB7 Studio monitors, visit their website here.