In a world defined by mass production and marketing, Oswalds Mill Audio stands out as clearly being from another, parallel universe. OMA products have a unique design philosophy. Instead of following current trends and embracing so called "cutting edge technology," we took a look back.
There was a time, in the early part of the Twentieth Century, when the creation of horn loaded loudspeakers, field coil and full range speakers, tube amplifiers, and analog reproduction represented the highest technical challenge and achievement. As time went on, every new innovation in sound, from solid state to digital to file sharing, turned out to bring the overall quality of sound in our lives to a lower level. People not only forgot what great sound reproduction sounded like, but at this point, most have never even heard it.
OMA can't change the world, but we can create a new path for audio. Not by using the technology that guides the space shuttle, but by going back to the technology that worked so well and was never surpassed. It was, however, nearly forgotten. No one has ever improved upon the violin makers of Cremona over 300 years ago, and the same can be said for the professional audio equipment made for cinemas and studios in the 1930's through the 1950's. This is the world of OMA. Hand built to the same exacting levels as the vintage gear which inspired us, OMA makes loudspeakers, amplifiers, and turntables out of solid Pennsylvania hardwoods, slate, and steel.
Equipment without a peer, made for those who understand that the finest things in life are not necessarily the newest.
OMA is the only company in the world making solid wood, joinery construction loudspeakers in the same fashion as the finest furniture. Handcrafted in Pennsylvania out of solid hardwoods, OMA also makes a complete line of tube amplifiers, turntables, and supporting furniture such as racks made from solid slate and walnut. Inspired by American theater speakers from the 1930's and '40's, using conical horns, OMA speakers and attendant equipment can produce incredible sound with only a few watts of power.
OMA Published March 11, 2015