Aretai Contra 100S. Monitor Horn loaded Beloved by Reviewers Worldwide
Now at True Audiophile
The Aretai horn loaded monitors speakers are stunning. That is an adjective used worldwide by reviewers. These special speakers go down lower than many petite floor standing speakers. Extremely unique and rare in a world of pretenders. Red Dot winner for Industrial Design so they look as good as they sound. An eyeful as well as an ear full : True Audiophile mini review
A highly detailed and revealing soundstage with a surprisingly low yet impactful bass character that's entirely unique in this size category.
AudioKey Axpona 2023 writes:
The stream was Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and the system with the Contra 100S playing back the music, provided fine, well detailed, and articulate treble information on Joe Morello’s Hi-Hats, that actually topped a number of much more expensive speakers and this in and of itself was quite amazing. The petite Contra 100S speakers were also very dynamic, coherent, and fun! I definitely look forward to a review of the Contra 100S and the ARETAI speaker line
HiFi+ Magazine Issue 206 writes
"Comparing the Aretai with an admittedly more affordable pair of speakers was a bit like contrasting an oil painting with a cartoon." -- Jason Kennedy
Part Time Audiophile 2023 writes
If I haven’t made myself clear yet, I do like this little monitor from Latvia, the Aretai Contra 100S ($9,000/pr USD). I’ve heard them several times now, starting with Munich last May, and I think they’ve been at every show since then. Janis Irbe of Aretai is focused on getting proper distribution in the United States for his line of speakers, and ten years ago I would have told him, “I’ll do it!” They’re my kind of two-way monitor.
Read the full Axpona comments here
The Aretai had to sacrifice some of the inherently investigative full-range aroma and say nay to low power amps to nail that task, but it was a fair trade. Its compact brilliantly executed dress code and gearing for sonic elegance as much as readiness to rock hard make it a highly accomplished fully domesticated widebander type for the masses. It truly does far more than its small footprint suggests and I’ve found it as unique as the sound|kaos, just for different reasons. The price below accurately reflects all that. My tip of the hat to Jānis and Edgars for landing such a stunner!
Stereophile states :
The Aretai 100S stand-mounts ($7500/pair) look cool and sleek in their matte-black enclosures but are apparently filled with serious science from decades of studying published AES papers and their own R&D. The 100S 2.5-way's sealed box is made of MDF and "a special sandwiched plywood," Irbe told me.
In dramatic white, the horn-loaded tweeter atop the enclosure stands out. Encased in its CNC-milled housing with its own waveguide is a doped-silk ring radiator. Janis explained that this keeps the center fixed to maintain correct phase. The waveguide widens the sweet spot in width and height (above and below)—so your pets can also enjoy the music, Zvirgzdiņš told me with a grin. A pair of 6" woofers, one on front, the other offset on back, pumped out pretty impressive bass. Their diaphragms are made of polypropylene. A unique filter design and bipole radiation pattern also help extend the low end-reportedly down to 30Hz. I heard plenty of punch and energy from those small speakers, too.In dramatic white, the horn-loaded tweeter atop the enclosure stands out. Encased in its CNC-milled housing with its own waveguide is a doped-silk ring radiator. Janis explained that this keeps the center fixed to maintain correct phase. The waveguide widens the sweet spot in width and height (above and below)—so your pets can also enjoy the music, Zvirgzdiņš told me with a grin. A pair of 6" woofers, one on front, the other offset on back, pumped out pretty impressive bass. Their diaphragms are made of polypropylene. A unique filter design and bipole radiation pattern also help extend the low end-reportedly down to 30Hz. I heard plenty of punch and energy from those small speakers, too.
We have been following this young Latvian loudspeaker brand since we first heard their speakers at the HiFi Deluxe show in Munich in 2019. Since then, they have gained Red Dot design awards for their speakers and, although the pandemic caused a global break in the HiFi Show calendar, Aretai have maintained their momentum and showed their standmount speakers at AXPONA 2022
The Aretai Contra 100S is the perfect speaker if you are serious about clarity and convincing soundstage experience despite its small size.
All speakers in the Aretai Contra collection — the 350F and 200F floorstanders, and the 100S standmounts emphasize very low distortion. This results in exceptional clarity made possible utilizing advanced contemporary drivers and tight tolerance crossover design. In addition to that Contra collection speakers feature qualites rarely found combined in one speaker. These include a high efficiency, lower than typical bass extension, balanced room interaction, wide soundstage and amplifier-friendly impedance.
A Precision Full-range Performer
Designed for smaller and medium-sized rooms, the compact Contra 100S are quite unusual speakers, allowing you to “see” each instrument located right where the recording engineer intended it to be.
The unique and innovative filter design, bi-pole radiation pattern and the closed type enclosure enables Contra 100S two 6” drivers to deliver a surprisingly deep and well-textured bass combined with a coherent midbass and treble balance.
The bass response of this 2.5-way speaker extends down to 30Hz. To eliminate shifted phase summation typical for ported systems of similar size we deliberately designed a sealed enclosure to keep the bass perfectly tight.
Our custom-designed waveguide delivers a soundstage of impressive depth and width. The neodymium tweeter delivers pristine, undistorted clarity up to 25kHz even at higher volume levels.
To give your experience that extra edge, our bi-amping terminal option allows you to use two amplifiers for separate HF/LF amplification paths.
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Finishes & OptionsStandard:
Black semi-matt enclosure with
Painted glossy (polished) finish
Veneered semi-matt finish
Veneered glossy (polished) finish
Bespoke custom finish
Closed passive 2.5-way passive stand / desktop speaker
Frequency range, Hz: 32 –30 000
Nominal power, Watts: 100
Sensitivity, dB/1m/2.83V: 85
Nominal impedance, Ohms: 4
Dimensions, cm: H40/W21/D25
Net weight single speaker, kg: 15
24 carat gold plated speaker terminals
Vibration decoupling pad
Optional Bi-wiring /Bi-amping connectors (2 terminal pairs)
Warranty (parts & labour): 3 Years
Optional: 2 Years warranty extension