Avantone Pro Recalls Monitors Past With New CLA-10s

Yamaha NS-10 double-take alert
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TALLMAN, N.Y. — Avantone Pro has released its new CLA-10 studio monitors — a full-range, two-way passive pair intended to harken back to a “much-loved nearfield studio monitoring mainstay,” says the company.

That mainstay that Avantone Pro is alluding to would be the Yamaha NS-10. First released in 1978 as a consumer bookshelf speaker, it flopped almost immediately, but then rebounded spectacularly as it was adopted for use as a legendarily unforgiving studio monitor that invariably highlighted shortcomings in mixes. The NS-10, with its trademark white cone, became the mix monitor of choice for decades and continues to be popular today, even though it was discontinued in 2001.

Perhaps with that in mind, Avantone Pro reportedly spent more than a year in R&D developing the CLA-10, while also working with five-time Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge on the recreation.

The CLA-10 sports a 10.4-liter sealed design cabinet constructed of non-layered, high-rigidity MDF, finished with an outer layer of real wood veneer.

Fine Element Analysis modelling was used for the custom-designed 180 mm AV10-MLF low-frequency driver; the paper cone was created using pulp material that was press formed rather than die cut and then surrounded by cloth surround material made in Japan for added authenticity.

A custom-tooled frame supports the driver/cone combo, aiming to minimize mechanical transfers, while the 35 mm AV10-MHF high frequency silk dome-based tweeter aims to match the original closely, both as a frequency (60 Hz – 20 kHz) and voicing match.

The CLA-10’s cabinet dimensions (381.5 mm x 215 mm x 197.5 mm) and weight (6.3kg) likewise are similar the original monitors.

Due out in August, the CLA-10 will have an MSRP of $699.00 per pair.

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