Rhea

RheaPair

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

–Flat World Blog, Sep 2015

Alta Audio’s Rhea is unimposing in physical size, but presents a large and wide image with extraordinary bass. An audition will make you wonder how it can recreate the space and specificity of the concert hall while packing the wallop and power of live instruments. Created using the same XTL transmission line bass and DampHard cabinet construction on the faceplate as our highly reviewed Celesta FRM-2 speakers, it does so at a far more attainable price and is housed in a beautiful Rosewood standard cabinet. The black seven inch midrange/woofer blends smoothly and seamlessly into the five inch pure ribbon tweeter, creating a sweet sound that can move you physically, while presenting intimate details of three dimensional images from the front to the deepest parts of the concert hall.

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, Oct 2015

LelantosTweeter
LelantosTweeter

Elegant Ribbon Tweeter

A 3rd generation ribbon tweeter with excellent clarity and dynamics powers the exceptional upper register of the Rhea.

  • 3-rd generation ribbon driver technology
  • 12mm width reinforced sandwich ribbon diaphragm
  • High power handling, low distortion, very fast transient response
  • Strong Neodymium magnet

Full-range Driver
Versatile Woofer

Wide-band Midrange/Woofer

The Rhea’s state of the art midrange/woofer driver is designed for enhanced clarity and dimensionality.

  • Heavy-duty 6-hole cast frame
  • Black anodized cone
  • Solid aluminum phase plug
  • Low-loss rubber surround
  • Accurate, smooth frequency response

Clearer, Faster, More Powerful Bass

AltaXTL
All our cabinets are specially designed with our proprietary sonic geometry, making our cabinets themselves musical instruments that boost the bass of our speakers while delivering unparalleled clarity and speed.

Hear the Music, Not the Speaker

DampHard
Our proprietary multi-layer, multi-density cabinet material dampens resonance at all frequencies. With a cabinet dead of resonance the speaker fades into the music creating clear, open, and dimensional sound reproduction.

Height: 35 inches, 36.5 inches with spikes

Width: 8 inches at top, 12 inches at bottom

Depth: 11 inches

Weight: 49 lbs

Driver complement:

– One 5 3/4 inch ribbon tweeter

– One 7 inch woofer

Sensitivity: 87.5 dB / 2.83 Volts @

Frequency response: 32Hz to 47kHz

Impedance: 4 Ohms

Requirements: 50 to 150 Watts per channel

Alta XTL Bass with DampHard faceplate

Rosewood finish