Avantone Pro Brings Back White Cone Monitors

US NS-10s revisited in CLA-10 Active and CLA-10 Passive configurations      20/06/24

Avantone Pro Brings Back White Cone Monitors


Avantone says that, having closely collaborated with GRAMMY® Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge to previously introduce its full-range, two-way passive CLA-10 as an accurate recreation of an iconic studio monitoring mainstay, subsequently followed by its active CLA-10A counterpart, they are announcing a repeat return of the 'white cone' classic studio reference monitor in question in next-generation CLA-10 Active and CLA-10 Passive configurations.

They tell us that CLA-10 Active replaces CLA-10A, remaining almost identical to the original bar some slight aesthetic changes and that CLA-10 Passive replaces CLA-10, and adding a new TPC (Tissue Paper Control) switch so the HMF (High Mid Frequency) driver output can now be dropped by 2 dB to simulate the high-frequency dampening trick of covering the tweeters with tissue paper often deployed by those in the know when working with the original 'white cone' classic back in the day and beyond. Here's the full details direct from the company...

Closely collaborating with Platinum album-mixing specialising studio stalwart Chris Lord-Alge, Avantone Pro originally set out on a musical mission to recreate the ubiquitous 'white cone' classic studio monitor that has been the staple of world-class recording studios for over 45 years -- the sound of hits, in other words! Since supply of aftermarket components for those vintage white-cone speakers had dwindled, Avantone Pro took it upon itself to fill the void, drawing upon its decade-plus global experience in driver construction to create near-identical reproductions of both drivers and the classic crossover that all stay true to the original specifications while meeting modern environmental standards. Saying that, then, Avantone Pro's proprietary AV10-MHF 3.5cm soft dome HF (High Frequency) tweeter underwent rigorous engineering to arrive at the exact phenolic resin doping required to replicate the original's performance curve while the AV10-MLF 18cm cone LF (Low Frequency) woofer -- unmistakably white in its cone's emulative execution, of course (with Avantone Pro even going as far as to closely collaborate with one of the original vendors to ensure that its stiffness and weight flawlessly match the original's behaviour) -- boasts custom-tooled mechanical parts that faithfully mirror its predecessor.

Put it this way: while that ubiquitous 'white-cone' classic studio monitor is not known as the world's best for casual listening, it is instead known for being the world's best reference for mixing. Meticulous research into the original -- and an unwavering attention to sonic detail -- led to it effectively being reborn for a new generation of audio purists for the first time as Avantone Pro's CLA-10 full-range, two-way stereo pair, delivering a 60 - 20,000 Hz frequency response (accessible musical range) via an AV10-MLF and AV10-MHF mounted in a hybrid medium-density fibreboard and real wood veneer sealed cabinet design. Duly delivering the unforgiving mid-forward frequency response that lets users focus on the most mission-critical elements of their mix -- vocals in particular, if a mix sounds great on a pair of CLA-10s then rest assured that it should sound great on any speaker!

Speaking of which, Avantone Pro did not simply stop at matching the original, of course, but rather made available active and passive variants of its collaborative creation, introducing unique high-frequency adjustments that are unavailable to those working with the iconic studio monitoring mainstay from which the affordable high-quality audio products producer so successfully drew its inspiration.

Indeed, today's next-generation CLA-10 Active model -- making available 240W total RMS (Root Mean Square) power handling as a full-range two-way stereo pair (120W per speaker) -- features a VTPC (Variable Tissue Paper Control) knob on its back panel, allowing users to not only simulate the high- frequency dampening trick of covering the tweeters with tissue paper often deployed by those in the know when working with the original 'white cone' classic studio reference monitor back in the day and beyond, but also simulate anything from the original vertical 'M' model to the horizontal 'Studio' alternative and everything in between. No need, necessarily, to debate the best tissue paper to use since VTPC has it covered -- to the extend of even saving money on tissue paper in the long run... unless users unfortunately find themselves suffering from constant colds! As Avantone Pro decided to stay traditional with a linear power supply, implementing a massive, old-school toroidal transformer in order to maintain the legacy sound, CLA-10 Active employs a monolithic Class AB amplifier. At low power, THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) is a phenomenal 0.005%; at rated load it is 0.1%, yielding excellent performance compared to Class D amplifiers.

True to the classics, today's next-generation CLA-10 Passive model is, as implied by its appropriate appellation, a passive-format studio monitor that requires the use of a power amplifier -- Avantone Pro recommends its own CLA- series power amps for that very purpose, of course! Taking things a step further forward from its CLA-10 predecessor, CLA-10 Passive's newly-added TPC switch allows its HMF driver output to be dropped by 2 dB to also simulate that high-frequency dampening trick of covering the tweeters with tissue paper often deployed by those in the know when working with the original 'white cone' classic studio reference monitor back in the day and beyond.

Both passive and active models are clearly testament to Avantone Pro's tenacity in continuing to refine its recreation of the ubiquitous 'white-cone' classic studio monitor that has been the staple of world-class recording studios for over 45 years. Yet it could well be that CLA-10 Passive and CLA-10 Active are now the world's best reference monitors for mixing!

Pricing and Availability:
CLA-10 Active and CLA-10 Passive will be shipping globally in early July 2024, available at Avantone Pro's US Dealers with a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $999.00 USD and $699.00 USD per pair, respectively; European SSP (Suggested Selling Price) is €1,332.00 EUR and €932.00 EUR (including VAT) per pair, respectively, with worldwide distributors listed by country here.

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