Avantone Gauss 7


Active full-range two-way stereo reference monitor

  • Bass Reflex Design
  • Drivers: 7" White Cone woofer (120 W) and 2.5" Air Motion tweeter (60 W)
  • Bi-amped Class D
  • Frequency response: 30 - 22.000 Hz
  • SPL (peak): 103 dB
  • THD: 0.5%
  • Gauss drivers
  • With adjustment options for room adaptation on the rear panel
  • Connectors: XLR (3-pole, male), jack (6.3 mm, balanced)
  • MDF with real wood veneer
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 23.5 x 38.1 x 21.2 cm
  • Weight: 8.2 kg
available since August 2021
Item number 522755
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Speaker size 1x 7", 1x 2"
Amplifier power per unit (RMS) 180 W
Magnetic Shielding Yes
Analogue XLR Input Yes
Analogue Input (Jack) Yes
Analogue Input (Mini Jack) No
Analogue Input (RCA) No
Digital input No
Manual frequency correction Yes
Frequency range min. 30 Hz
Frequency range max. 22000 Hz
Dimensions 235 x 381 x 212
Weight 8,2 kg
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Classic looks and modern features

The Gauss 7 studio monitor, introduced by Avantone Pro in 2021, looks at first glance like a well-known old-school classic from Japan because of the white 7" woofer and a similar housing design. At the same time, the product name is reminiscent of the long-gone speaker manufacturer "Gauss Speaker Company". However, if you think you are being served a speaker with outdated technology, you are greatly mistaken. Although the US manufacturer Avantone Pro relies on a classic look, it has equipped the Gauss 7 with modern features, including a Class D bi-amplifier - 180W per speaker - and a high-quality Air Motion tweeter for high-frequency reproduction. By the way, the Gauss 7 can be set up vertically as well.

Real wood veneer for an attractive look

The Gauss 7 housing is made of MDF, which is refined with black real wood veneer for an appealing look. The front is slanted on the sides to improve acoustics. On the back of the housing are a level adjustment control (±6dB), two switches for adjustment to the control room, a power switch, and a power supply connection in addition to the rear-firing bass reflex port. Furthermore, the Gauss 7 offers two options for balanced audio cabling in the form of an XLR and a TRS input. An RCA connection, on the other hand, is not present, which clearly indicates that the unit is intended for a professional working environment. On the front, a small two-colour LED provides information on the operating status. Blue indicates operational readiness, while red indicates standby mode.

Balanced sound

All Avantone Pro Gauss 7 deliver a natural, well-balanced sound with minimal limitations in terms of linearity. Especially in the high frequencies, the transients are well reproduced by the Air Motion tweeter. The stereo imaging as well as the tone depth leave nothing left to complain about. This also facilitates the localisation of individual instruments, which makes their placement in the stereo panorama much easier. In summary, the Gauss 7 is a very promising monitoring tool that can be used by mixing engineers, musicians, and producers.

About Avantone Pro

Avantone Pro is a US company based in New York State that specialises in the development of studio monitors, amplifiers for passive studio monitors, headphones, and microphones. The Avantone Pro team is dedicated to offering high-quality products at a reasonable price. Performance is always paramount, but a lot of time is also spent on design to create visually appealing products. Within the audio industry, Avantone Pro is particularly known for its widely used mini reference monitors, which aptly bear the name “Mixcube”. Other well-known products include the CLA-10 studio monitors, which are available in passive and active versions.

Room placement

There is a crucial reason why the Gauss 7 studio monitors are designed for vertical operation: The Air Motion tweeter has a highly vertical dispersion to reduce unwanted reverberation from the walls, which in turn helps to keep phase problems to a minimum. Users can make frequency adjustments depending on the positioning of the monitors in the control room. The range below 800Hz can be lowered by 2dB or 4dB, whereas the treble can be either lowered or raised by 2dB. For instance, if you want to place the monitors in the corners of the room, it is recommended that the frequency range below 800Hz be lowered by 4dB.

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A Classic that didn't lost quality.
MusicGear 02.08.2022
Decades after the disappearance of the Gauss Speaker Company, the line has returned with a proper (low-end) bang. Gauss 7 mixes the old-school snap of vintage near-field monitors, with the bandwidth and frequency response of new-school monitors. Its GAU-AMT tweeter provides ultra-smooth response, with an impressive stereo-field — making hours of listening time only feel like minutes. The folded AMT driver can only be described as transparent and accurate, with detailed transients. The Gauss 7 system delivers a super-wide “sweet spot”, precise imaging, and an impressive, natural, and accurate mid-range response.

Gauss 7 also features simple, yet very powerful acoustic-tuning controls. That, paired with the vertical dispersion of the GAU-AMT, means clean acoustic response in any room environment.

Gauss: the legend is back.
The high-end frequency response (up to 22kHz) makes for an exceptional reference monitor for a massive range of music and sound materials. “Air frequencies” aren’t just audible, but very smooth. This not only provides an incredible reference monitor, but a monitor that’s built to listen to for hours-on-end.

A unique woofer design with old-school snap, and new-school bandwidth.
Gauss 7’s woofer takes great inspiration from our AV10-MLF “white cone” woofer, yet was still engineered from the ground up. The woofer cone is a pressed design, made of the same proprietary blend of wood pulp and glass fiber found in the CLA-10 series woofer (AV10-MLF) — but with a major increase of materials. This provides the hard snap, and fast transient response of the CLA-10, but with much more low-end. Tighter voicing isn’t going to be heard here — Gauss 7 provides a wide bandwidth for fantastic mid-range, and great low-end reference.
the Gauss 7 reveals an impressive level of mix detail, due to some extent to its mid emphasis (NS 10 style), albeit with afocussed stereo image quality. And its subjective bass quality is notably impressive for an inexpensive ported monitor. To my ears its designers have hit on a good compromise between bandwidth extension and dynamic character. Hand in hand with its low frequency performance, the Gauss 7 also impressed with its ability to play at surprisingly high levels without obvious signs of either distortion or compression. In that respect it reflects the original Gauss company’s philosophies well.

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