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RMAF Report – Part Time Audiophile – Alta Audio Rhea

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The Alta Audio Rhea retails for $4,500 a pair but sounds far more expensive for the clarity, flow, and dynamics delivered. Shopping in this price range? You need to hear the Rhea first.

-- Part Time Audiophile

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Alta Audio Rhea – Top Reviewers Review RMAF

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You’ve got to check out the Alta Audio Rheas

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RMAF Show Report – The Absolute Sound

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Especially given their modest price tag of $4495 the pair, I was quite impressed by the Rhea, a product of Alta Audio of Bridgeport, Connecticut. These two-way floorstanders have a reported frequency response specification of 32Hz to 47kHz; bass power is prodigious for a speaker this size, thanks to a transmission-line design and innovative cabinet construction. Orchestral colors on the Shostakovich disc were beautifully represented and acoustic bass had wonderful body and weight on small-group jazz recordings. Its graceful form factor and a wide choice of finishes assure compatibility with virtually any domestic decorating style

-- The Absolute Sound

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RMAF Report: Stereophile

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At audio festivals, all a blogger like me can hope for are a few scattered moments of sonic immersion. By the grace of some audio gods, I found some of those moments in the Alta Audio room. At first I was caught off guard. The music coming out of the rosewood Alta Audio Rhea loudspeakers ($4495/pair) seemed almost too good to be true. Not that Alta loudspeakers don’t always play nicely, but what I was hearing seemed extra-ordinary… With both CD and LP sources, the Altas played like they cost $50k.

--Stereophile

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Another fantastic sounding room featured the Alta Audio Rhea speakers in a pretty rosewood finish ($4495.00).

They also had a La Sacla mark2 NOS DAC ($5600.00), amplification by Nuprime REF20 monoblock amps ($7600.00), and with an Antipodes DX server as one of the sources.

--Carlo Lo Raso

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Stereophile on the new Rhea

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The Alta Audio Rhea loudspeakers ($4500) were singing every song with good body and great soul. They were powered by Clones Audio separates: AP2 preamp ($1120) and their 55pm monoblocks ($1400/pair). The source was the Antipodes DS Audio Server ($2700) and the La Voce DAC ($2600). – Stereophile


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Flat World Blog: Rhea

rheaAtShowThe Rhea was delightfully mentioned in Flat World Blog

…then I came across a small, affordable system that is one of my highlights of the show: The Rhea Speaker of Alta Audio


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T.H.E. Show Report – Stereophile

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I discovered a really great pairing of Merrill and Alta Audio. Michael Levy introduced me to the Alta Audio Celesta FRM—2 loudspeaker ($13,000 without stands). These are a two-way transmission-line design, and in this medium-sized room the bass was fantastic—I was told extending down to 29Hz. Amplification was the Merrill Audio Thor monoblocks ($4,800/pair). I can see why they got their name—these put out a whopping 400W into 4 ohms, running with balanced circuits. Completing the gear picture was the Antipodes DX Music Server 1TB SSD ($6500). This kind of firepower succeeded in making Norah Jones sound sexy at 9:30 in the morning. Cabling was also from Merrill Audio. Good stuff!

--Stereophile

Stereophile stopped by our room at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA and loved our sound.

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T.H.E. Show Report – EnjoyTheMusic.com

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So it was not surprising with such excellent gear that the Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2 speakers with matching stands ($13,999 and $1999 respectively) had smooth highs and they played some double bass jazz music for me. It sounded fast, clean and very responsive. The Alta Audio Celest FRM-2 use a very unique transmission line to deliver bass down 29 Hz (-3dB). Don’t let their size fool you, as there was plenty of bass filling the room. The custom ribbon tweeter, something i am becoming a huge fan of, produces exceptional upper frequencies. In fact the ribbon tweeters have a rated response up to 47kHz(!). Well done gentlemen and the Alta Audio / Merrill Audio room was one of my faves during T.H.E. Show Newport 2015.

--EnjoyTheMusic.com


Alta Audio displayed at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA with Merrill Audio. EnjoyTheMusic.com stopped by for a listen and they were thoroughly impressed by the the FRM-2s.

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Alta Audio Solo Review – Audiophilia


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These bookshelf speakers are very special. As one of my friends commented, ‘They paint a lovely picture’. I couldn’t agree more. They impressed particularly because of their bass performance (no subwoofer needed) but they also yielded a detailed, smooth, full and transparent sound with a very nice sound stage and imaging. They were a pleasure to listen to even for long periods of time. I can’t imagine any audiophile not being impressed.

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