Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2

Monitor

Overview

The Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2 Full Range Monitor is a jewel of audiophile loudspeaker engineering and design housed in an ultra-hard ultra high-gloss polyester finished cabinet featuring both modern and retro design elements. While its aesthetic beauty is obvious, its engineering is the culmination of 35 years of loudspeaker design expertise guiding a 2 year research and development project. The speaker incorporates the latest state of the art components in a new cabinet featuring DampHard: a multi density layered construction which presents a hard surface externally, while damping out unwanted resonances. The result is a clean silent background on which the fine details of the music are evident. Our custom designed drivers produce exceptionally fast, clean, powerful, and deep bass thanks to the use of our proprietary Alta XTL bass tuning system which gives this monitor speaker bass you would expect from a full sized reference speaker.

Internally, the speaker uses the highest grade silver foil capacitors and extra-large Litz wire inductors with ten gauge deoxygenated copper wire in a special configuration that gently blends the drivers with such accuracy that vocal and instrumental details are presented with remarkable clarity, and the natural timbre of the music is preserved. The elimination of diffraction distortion combined with the accuracy of the crossover creates a huge listening window; the speakers disappear and are replaced with a clear three dimensional image of the instruments and vocals along with the space in which the music was performed.

From the first prototype through the many steps to the beta level production unit one thing was kept in mind: the sound of live music. Live to recorded comparisons were used throughout the process of design for fine tuning the sound of the Alta Celesta FRM-2. That is our reference, and what these speakers were designed to recreate.

  

Exceptional Ribbon Tweeter

  

  • A ribbon tweeter unlike any other; the ribbon tweeter is the best performing tweeter we have ever seen. Custom built to our specifications its clarity and dynamics are unmatched
  • Custom designed ribbon tweeter
  • Extremely clear, fast, flat high-end response
  • Extends over an octave above the scope of human hearing

  

Powerful Woofer

  

Six inch woofer with a 3.1 inch diameter long throw voice coil using a high powered motor allowing for smooth air flow melds seamlessly into the ribbon tweeter thanks to its low mass and high speed while performing incredible feats in bass response thanks to the Alta XTL bass tuning system.

  • Uniflow™ Aluminum diecast chassis
  • Hybrid™ Neodymium/Ferrite magnet system
  • Titanium coil bobbin
  • Coppersleeve Neolin Motor
  • 3" Large Hexatech™ Aluminum voice coil
  • Coppersleeve Neolin Motor
  • High power handling
  • High Xmax, Low Qts, Low Fs, High QMS

  

Clearer, Faster, More Powerful Bass

  

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

  

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.

Optional Stands

Retail $3,995 USD - High Gloss Piano Black Stands

General

Height:17 inches including spikes (16.5 inches without spikes)
Width:10.75 inches (widest point)
Depth:15.5 inches (widest point)
Weight:55lbs
Impedance:4 Ohms
Rated Power: 50-200 Watts
Sensitivity:87.5 dB / 2.83 Volts @ 1 Meter
Frequency response: 29Hz to 47kHz

Audiophilia

"From the opening trumpet to the kettle and bass drum whacks, I was hearing the subtleties, power and textures of each instrument. The complete dynamic experience capturing the power of the full orchestra transported me closer to the sound of a live performance."

Robb Report

"And while the ultrahigh-gloss finish could be worthy of the finest cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the beauty it provides is more than skin deep. Using a material that Alta calls DampHard, the speaker's cabinet isolates the drivers from vibration and their external environment, giving the music reproduced by the FRM-2s a deep, uncanny silence that few speakers this size afford. In short, the FRM-2s redefine the high-performance monitor category."

TONEAudio

The Alta Audio FRM-2s shatter every preconceived notion I've ever had about ribbon tweeters and associated issues. Having had the pleasure of listening to some fantastic speakers from Dynaudio, Focal and Sonus Faber - all in the $12,000 to $20,000 price range - the FRM-2 is easily at the head of the class. And one of the most musically engaging speakers I've heard at any price."

Enjoy The Music

"The sound stage between the speakers in my room is unusually wide rock solid and dead centered. The driver's horizontal dispersion is remarkable. The extension at both frequency extremes leaves nothing to the imagination. They are not cheap, yet certainly justify their cost. Bottom line, if I could afford them I would keep the Celesta FRM-2 speakers within my reference system."