Avantone are best known for re-introducing the classic Auratone speaker back into modern circulation. For those aware of the original Auratone, it was used by mix engineers and producers for checking what a mix would sound like played back through a basic radio or TV...i.e, a horrible nasty mono speaker! And that's exactly what it was. Avantone make a new version called the MixCubes, and these are updated for a modern world. Coming in a nice cream or black gloss finish, they can be bought mono or as stereo pairs and, thankfully, include activated versions, the MixCube A. A virtual must have for any modern studio! They also produce a decent line of microphones, though we would recommend trying a variety from various manufacturers before making a purchasing decision. KMR can help you there.
Avantone are an extremely interesting brand, and we're very fortunate they exist at all! Indeed, this for a time looked in jeopardy, as the original manufacturers went out of business before a very successful American retail magnate stepped in to buy the manufacturing rights! He's put the brand back on the straight and narrow, and we're delighted such a great company is now in safe hands. In fact, we recommend you read his blurb on the Avantone home page. It contains a very apposite section on pricing. Well worth a glance. MixCubes are always on demo at all our locations.