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Positive Feedback Review of the Alta Audio Hestia Titanium

Hestia is the Greek Goddess of architecture and home. This is fitting, as the Hestia Titanium convincingly presents and anchors the architecture of music in your home. Having listened to more speakers than I can count, I could hear the “it” factor immediately. There is a freedom of expression, a dexterity and lack of compression that allows music to fly free from the drivers, making other speakers, even really good ones, sound like they are a tad choked off. There is no added grain, etch, or other commonly disdained distortion to be found on the top end, no boomy-ness, over damping, or muddling of the bass frequencies. Music simply “happens” through the Hestia Titanium with no attention called to the speaker itself.

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Alta Audio Hestia Titanium in Stereophile

As I listened, I silently speculated: What does it take to make a system image like this? Then my friend Sphere whispered in my ear, “The sound is frickin’ amazing!”

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Alta Audio Io Loudspeakers – The Priestess of Bass

The Alta Audio Io gives you the clarity and spatial skills of a standmount, but the control of a far bigger loudspeaker over the low end—no huffing and chuffing here.

I’ll leave you with this thought: Io—the original—was a beautiful priestess who stole the heart of Zeus; she may have been a mere mortal, but she was able to captivate the god of sky and thunder.

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Steve Guttenberg Audiophiliac Alta Audio Titanium Hestia Video Review

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Stereophile: Alta Audio Hestia Titanium loudspeaker

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No matter where I put the Hestias, they carved out an impressive sonic space, but certain positions enlarged the soundstage and clarified the images. When I got it right, a vague impression of the recording venue was replaced by a detailed architectural portrait in sound. With some recordings made in churches, I imagined I could hear where the columns were. Maybe I actually could.

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Io review in Audiophilia.com

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For this price point, I’d be hard pressed to recommend a speaker that does all the musical and audiophile things the IO does. It is beautifully made with fine cabinetry, is extremely well designed, and produces highly musical sounds in all the important octaves. Chalk up another winner from the Alta Audio speaker stable. Very highly recommended. 

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Titanium Hestia Owner Endorsement

Jon Aiken

As a current owner of the Hestia Titaniums, your review of the speaker is very accurate and pinpoints the virtues of the speaker; unbelievable transparency, enormous soundstage with pinpoint accuracy of the 3D stereo image, timbral accuracy, exceptional deep bass extension, detailed, and dynamic with astonishing attack and decay. But what the review fails to communicate is how beautiful these speaker’s are (from my wife) in high gloss black and the magnitude of how good these speakers are compared to its competition. The Hestia’s easily bested Martin Logan’s new Renaissance ESL 15A’s, which they replaced in my home and the Wilson Audio Sasha II’s and the higher priced Alexia’s that I was considering. The Hestia’s disappear in my room and all I hear is each musician in their space as if they were in the room with me – scary. They are an awesome speaker and a must have if you love music.

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Titanium Hestia review in Audiophilia.com

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The Titanium retain the intimacy and quality of sound I adore in the Celesta, but offer a significantly larger sound stage with mind-boggling imaging to go along with it.

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Alta Audio at the New York Audio Show – Audiophilia

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In Room 904, Alta Audio was world-premiering their new powerful `Titanium’ loudspeakers ($27,000 a pair), a D’Appolito and dipole design with 5 drivers.

Driven by 2 Krell Solo 375 Class A Monoblock amps ($17,500 a pair), with a Krell Illusion II Preamplifier ($7,000) and supported by Anticables highest level of cabling (interconnects, power, speaker) this was my favorite sounding room.

The soundstage was huge and focused (nothing amorphous) with pinpoint accuracy of imaging, voices had the singer way up high smack in the center andthere was amazing bass and detailed tonal accuracy.

Vinyl was playing on a VPI Avenger, and digital via a Solution 541 SACD Player ($40,000) and a Vanguard Universal DAC ($4,500). I heard the lovely LP `The Well’, by Jennifer Warnes, and lots of Jazz digital.

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Alta Audio @ the Capital Audio Fest in Part Time Audiophile

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Scott Dalzell of Viva HiFi was showing off a familiar, if eclectic, collection of gear at CAF this year, featuring some very sexy loudspeakers from Alta Audio.

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