At NAMM 2019 Avantone Pro announced upcoming availability of its CLA-10A — an active studio monitor system following hot on the heels of last year’s CLA-10 passive studio monitor and complementary CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier, both developed in close collaboration with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge.
The CLA-10A active monitoring system shares the same 35mm AV10-MHF high frequency silk dome-based tweeter and custom-designed 180mm AV10-MLF low-frequency driver — based on paper cone construction with ‘old-school’ speaker design artistry, thanks to the finest pulp material that performs as closely as possible to the original by being press formed rather than die cut for tonal consistency — found in the perennially popular CLA-10, as well as its cabinet construction.
Thoughtfully, the CLA-10A boasts a rear-mounted VTPC (Variable Tissue Paper Control) knob that allows users to simulate anything — from the vertical ‘m’ model to the horizontal ‘Studio’ version — and everything in-between. Better still, this tone control effectively enables each user to choose the tweeter brightness that best serves their individual needs.
Needless to say, most two-way active studio monitor designs deploy a switch mode power supply and Class D amplifier. While this has proved to work well in recent years, Avantone Pro still places value on tradition. Bolstered by the success of the CLA-10 and CLA-200 Studio Reference Amplifier, Avantone Pro’s designers decided to stay with what engineers the world over have come to expect from that killer combination. As a result, the CLA-10A uses a linear power supply to deliver 200W of Class A/B output. Obviously a heat sink is required to do so. So it weighs more as a result. According to the company though, the resultant sound is simply awesome.
The CLA-10A arrives at Avantone Pro’s US Dealers in late-March/early-April 2019, with a MAP of $999.00 USD per pair. (Worldwide Distributors are listed by country here)