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Hestia

Part of Alta Audio’s Reference Series, the Titanium Hestia features formers (bobbins) constructed of titanium for smooth, extended dynamics, enhanced power handling and superior frequency response.

Titanium offers several benefits—its added stiffness allows for a larger voice, which in turn affords improved response across the sonic spectrum. Though more expensive than more common materials, the dramatic increase in performance and lifespan make it an essential ingredient in reference-grade loudspeakers.


Description

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.

The Hestia’s drivers are in D’Appolito configuration, in which midrange drivers are placed above and below the tweeter—creating a unified wideband pulse response that most closely mimics the original sound pulse, i.e. as close a replica to the original sound as humanly possible. In the Hestia, we place two 7-inch midrange drivers below and one 6-inch midrange above the ribbon tweeter, in the crossover passband. The output of the two lower midranges matches the output of the single 6-inch midrange above the tweeter, thus creating a unified pulse. In the woofer crossover passband the two 7-inch lower midrange drivers produce the extended lower midrange and bass response needed to seamlessly seamlessly blend with the XTL* Bass (patent pending) woofer.

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