Avantone Pro CLA-10 – designed to sound like the Yamaha NS10M
The Avantone Pro CLA-10 loudspeakers are making as much noise for their comparison to Yamaha NS-10’s as they may be able to make in a studio!
Since the dawn of the recording revolution, the iconic Yamaha NS-10m made their way into almost every pro recording studio.
The white cone in the black box sitting on top of the mixing console became somewhat of an iconic image in the industry, there’s a high chance that most of your favourite hits of all time were mixed on these speakers, as they were seen as the industry standard all through the 80s and 90s.
The new Avantone Pro CLA-10 monitors attempt to capture the essence of the iconic speakers that became known for shaping the sound of Rock and Hip-Hop. They’re designed to be true to the original design, with the same frequency response, dimensions, power requirements and aesthetic -so they’ll fit into any studio or the workflow of someone who’s used the originals extensively.
The Avantone Pro CLA-10 feature the exact same woofer, made by the same manufacturer therefore allowing the same voicing and frequency response as the originals. They’ve tweaked the design of the cone ever so slightly for reliability and better standardization.
One of the key issues with buying Yamaha NS-10m second hand, is you’re never sure if it’s actually a stereo matched pair!
What does the CLA stand for?
Chris Lord-Alge is a Grammy award-winning mix engineer who has worked with some of the industry’s top names, from Muse to Green Day and Deftones to Slipknot. He has been a dedicated user of the original Yamaha NS-10m for several decades, mixing some of his most renowned works on them. The Avantone Pro CLA-10 were designed in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge, if anyone knows how the originals sound and react, it’s him.
Now you’re able to get the sound that Chris relies on, without having to reluctantly trawl eBay for a possibly dodgy pair of originals!
The Avantone Pro CLA-10 have been announced at a retail price of USD $699 for the pair (around R10 000) – not bad for such an iconic sound!