Atlantic Technology produces home theater speaker systems that range in
price from $900 - $25,000. According to Atlantic Technology, "The goal of
home theater isn't to put you in the movie theater; it's to put you in the
Well, they came very close with their System 2200. This
package delivers an impressive experience, while ranging in price from
$2,000-$2,600 depending on configuration.
I had the pleasure of reviewing the 7.1 System 2200 utilizing various genres
of music as well as movies. Most of the testing was performed with the
5.1 setup due to room limitations. However, some testing was done with 7.1
which I will discuss later in the article. All of the speakers arrived in
perfect condition even though it appeared the UPS had been a little hard on
the boxes. They were packaged soundly with double plastic wrapping around
the speakers along with foam inserts.
The speakers have excellent craftsmanship. There are black high-gloss side
panels on all of the speakers except for the 2200 SR surrounds. Due
to the enclosure design (one woofer and tweeter angled to the right and one
set angled to the left), there are no side panels for the high-gloss back
The front speakers have two 4½" graphite loaded polymer woofers
and a 1" ferrofluid-cooled, damped soft dome tweeter, while the surround
speakers each have two of the same woofers and two of the same tweeters.
The subwoofer grille has a plastic frame, covered by gray cloth. The volume
control is at the upper right behind the grille. The location of the level control was
not very accessible for testing, so the grille was absent most of the time.
The rest of the speakers have metal grilles that attach magnetically to the
enclosures, and this seems to work well. It was very easy to align them, and they looked
great installed. They have a semi-transparent quality which allows one to
see the drivers, and what audiophile doesn't like to see the hardware in
The front channel speakers (2200 LR) and the surround speakers all
have keyhole brackets as well as ¼" x 20 threaded posts to handle most applications. I utilized the keyhole brackets for the surrounds but did find
that the keyhole size was smaller than my personal surrounds, so I had to use
a Dremel® tool to grind down the screw heads a little for them to fit.
There are a several features that are standard on the System 2200 that are
rare in this price range. The center channel (2200 C) has two features that
help optimize it according to the room acoustics. First, it has a "High
Frequency Energy" control which changes the "tilt or roll-off slope" of the
This control has 3 settings:
1. "Reverberant" (decreases the high frequency output of the speaker) for
rooms with an abundance of reflective surfaces like hardwood floors and
2. "Damped Room" (increases slightly the tweeter's output) which can
compensate for overly absorbent rooms with lots of soft surfaces.
3. "Average" which worked well for my room which has a combination of large
glass windows as well as large couches and carpeting.
Second, it has "Boundary Compensation" or "Normal" toggle switch which is
able to "adjust the lower frequency output of the speaker to compensate for
the typical sound colorations caused by placing the speaker too close to a
TV screen or building it into a wall cabinet". I found the best position for
my setting (center channel on a bracket slightly above a 62” DLP) was "Normal".
surround speakers have both a "Dipole" setting as well as a "Bipole" setting.
Atlantic Technology has always focused on multi-channel systems, and they felt
that having an option of Dipole was necessary to produce "minimal
I found that the dipole setting worked very well
at allowing the soundstage to blend seamlessly. My Wife was also impressed
with the seamless sound production. The Bipole setting changed the
soundstage by focusing it more distinctly at each surround speaker as
opposed to blending it.
It would be nice if the selectable controls were easier to access. Once the
speakers are on the wall, it can be difficult to reach the Dipole/Bipole
switch, and if the center channel is built into the wall, it can be hard to
access its controls too, since all of them are next to the speaker terminals. This
challenge is obviously not limited to these speakers alone.
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