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Celesta FRM2

The Celesta FRM-2M is the latest version of Alta Audio’s acclaimed Celesta Full-Range Monitor. Already considered a jewel of audiophile loudspeaker engineering with an advanced-technology design, the latest version features an array of enhancements. These range from its ultra-hard, ultra-high gloss polyester finished cabinet with both modern and retro design elements to its upgraded cabling, new conductors and capacitors, a new magnetic grille, and next-level DampHard material—that helps to create an acoustically dead, resonance-free speaker.  


Representing over 30 years of designing and building audiophile-grade speakers, Alta Audio products consistently provide exceptional reproduction of live and in-studio recordings. Alta Audio loudspeakers are painstakingly refined to reproduce the realism, balance and dimensionality of both live and studio recordings, with a design aesthetic that enhances any room’s décor.

Alta Audio Founder and President, Michael Levy helped bring CD, DVD, HDTV and Surround Sound technologies to market. Alta Audio was born out of Mr. Levy’s regular meetings with close friends who happen to be among the most respected producers, DJs and journalists covering high-end audio. As a group, it was common to bemoan the lack of an audiophile-grade speaker that conveyed the sense of sitting 10th  row center in an acoustically sound concert hall, or dead center in an old school jazz club.

Mr. Levy committed himself to designing a speaker that replicates the performing artist’s vision. To do so, he and his friends spent countless nights at some of New York City’s finest performance spaces, enjoying music but also paying close attention to the voicing of live music. Afterwards, they compared notes that ultimately led to an intentionally limited series of loudspeakers that—when coupled with comparable electronics and well-recorded music—conveys the full sonic and emotional experience of a live performance.

From the first prototype through myriad design steps leading up to the final version two years later, our goal for the Celesta FRM-2M was to recreate the sound of live music. To this end, we made countless comparisons to the live experience, ensuring beta level reproduction. 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-2M. That is our reference, and what these speakers were designed to recreate. 

The Celesta FRM-2M uses the highest grade silver foil capacitors and extra-large Litz wire inductors with ten gauge deoxygenated copper wire in a special configuration—gently  blending 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. While its aesthetic beauty is obvious, its engineering is the culmination of 35 years of loudspeaker design expertise.

Epitomizing audiophile loudspeaker engineering and design, the Celesta FRM-2M is securely housed in an ultra-hard, ultra-high gloss polyester finished cabinet featuring both modern and retro design elements. Inside and out, the Celesta FRM-2M is the ultimate expression of how Alta Audio’s technical know-how is applied to create a speaker that produces a brilliant listening experience.

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