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


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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Alta Audio Rhea Review @ RMAF – Audiophilia

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The Rhea is another Alta Audio winner that is live sounding with addictive overall musicality. It delivers about 85% of the sound quality of the Celesta at 1/3rd the price. Very versatile, the Rhea allows for a wide range of amplification as well as lots of flexibility for positioning within a room. A steal I’d say. Highly recommended without any reservations.


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RMAF Report – Alta Audio Rhea – Pleasant Surprises

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Early on, I was surprised to hear so much quaffable sound, i.e. readily pleasing sound that invites continued and long listening. For example, Alta Audio’s Rhea speakers produced an eminently quaffable sound.

The Rhea is relatively small but big sounding. The ribbon tweeter did just what we expect a ribbon tweeter to do: sound super fast and detailed. The single 7 inch woofer sounded far larger and more powerful than its modest size would seem to imply, no doubt due to the transmission-line loading. Combined, these two drivers created an effortless sound that contradict their low price of $4495 for the pair, sounding far more expensive.

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Hi-Fi+ RMAF Report – Alta Audio


Our final (very nice) surprise was delivered in the Alta Audio room. Alta’s own modest yet attractive two-way floor-standers (the Rhea, $4495) were paired with the Nuprime DAC-10 pre-amp ($1500) and REF20 mono-blocks ($7600). If the electronics and speakers were definitely approachable, the source wasn’t: the Grand Prix Monaco v1.5, Triplanar Ultimate 12” tonearm, Lyra Scala cartridge and the latest Tom Evans Groove+ phono-stage. Roll that lot together and it adds up to around three times the rest of the chain, but you couldn’t argue with the musical results. Relaxed but clearly structured, with the explicit tempi and explosive dynamics that characterize the GPA ‘table, this system was both extremely engaging and expressive. Rhythmically secure and musically articulate, capable of great delicacy and fluid phrasing, this set up made the Alta Audio room a welcome oasis of musical calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the show.


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RMAF Report – Part Time Audiophile – Alta Audio Rhea


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.

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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


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


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.


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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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