|Atlantic Technology Improves Flagship THX Ultra2 Speaker System and Lowers Prices|
|Home Theater News Floorstanding Loudspeakers News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 22 January 2007|
Atlantic Technology has introduced its new System 8200e speaker line, an improved version of the company's acclaimed THX Ultra2 certified System 8200. The new flagship system offers the same high-end performance as its predecessor at a significantly lower price point, thanks to simplified cosmetics and configuration options.
Like its predecessor, the System 8200e offers the home theater enthusiast the ultimate in reproduction for multichannel music and movies according to Atlantic Technology. In order to simplify installation and selection for dealers and consumers, the line now features permanently attached side panels in a gloss black finish, and the system is designed to integrate with one or more of the company's powerful 642e SB THX subwoofers.
The 8200e LR speakers are acoustically identical to their predecessors, but feature a revised cabinet shape and pedestal system that presents a less imposing aesthetic presence in smaller theater rooms. The previous model's slanted rear panel has been revised to a more conventional vertical orientation, allowing the speaker to maintain the same overall internal volume while reducing the speaker's footprint and overall visual impact. Additionally, the speaker's optional pedestal is now 10-inches shorter than the previous version, lowering the 8200e LR tweeter to a more optimal height for most listening positions, and further contributing to the reduction in the speaker's perceived size.
The 8200e C three-way center channel speaker maintains the same basic design as its predecessor, but now integrates fixed gloss black side panels. Atlantic's engineers have made a subtle alteration to the 8200e C crossover network, contributing to a slightly smoother and more detailed character in the lower midrange band that is so important for dialogue reproduction.
The 8200e SR speakers remain essentially unchanged from the system 8200 versions.
The Atlantic Technology System 8200e speakers will be available in January with a gloss black finish. Suggested retail price begins at $10,000 for a 5.1-channel system. The THX-certified 642eSB subwoofer is also available separately at a suggested retail price of $1,000 in satin black finish.