Arcam Solo Integrated Music System and Alto Loudspeakers At A Glance & Ratings: Alto

At A Glance: Arcam Alto Loudspeakers

Speaker: Alto
Type: Two-way
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1, cotton dome carbon impregnated
Midrange (size in inches, type): N/A
Woofer (size in inches, type): 4
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 20–100
Available Finishes: Cherry, Maple
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 10 x 5.5 x 9.2
Weight (pounds): 9
Price: $799/pair

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Ratings: Arcam Alto loudspeakers

Build Quality: 95
• Manufactured in Denmark by Audiovector to Arcam's specifications
• Magnetic grille attachment for a tight, secure fit

Value: 93
• Perhaps a bit pricey for their size, but build quality and sound quality are above par
• Maple or cherry real-wood veneers fit nicely into most environments

Features: 94
• Gold biwiring terminals facilitate multiple wiring and power configurations
• Dual front-facing ports make enclosures ideal for placement on bookshelves or close to walls

Performance: 95
• Very natural, detailed sound throughout the entire frequency range
• Commanding presence in midrange accentuates vocals without compromising low or high frequencies

Ergonomics: 89
• Solid, well-made overall feel with above-average weight for a bookshelf loudspeaker
• No feet—I would have expected something in the foot department from this otherwise elegant enclosure

Overall Rating: 94
First-rate fit and finish, plus deceptively full-range sound quality from a relatively small loudspeaker make Arcam's Alto speakers a standout in their class. The gold biwiring speaker terminals provide the means to further optimize loudspeaker performance.

General Information
Alto Loudspeakers, $799/pair
Arcam/Audiophile Systems
(888) 272-2658
Dealer Locator Code ARC

Arcam/Audiophile Systems
(888) 272-2658