Atlantic Technology Model 6200e Home Theater Speakers
Why mess with success? That was my first thought when I heard that a Model 6200e system was heading my way. Atlantic Technology's 6200 speakers established themselves years ago with true audiophile performance. Now AT has changed them, keeping the same drivers but simplifying the cabinet and subwoofer design. As a result, the 6200e costs a mere $6,500 compared with $9,000 for an equivalent 6200 system. Great! But does the sound quality still meet high audiophile standards?
These satin-black, THX Ultra2-certified speakers present a no-nonsense appearance that harks back to the days when men were men, women were women, and speakers were speakers. No gimmicks here - just good drivers in heavy, sealed boxes. The satellites (6200e LR and 6200e C in front and 4200e SR in back) share one styling theme: magnetically attached, removable, curved metal grilles. The 642e SB subwoofer sticks with a simple cloth grille.
The original 6200 system featured C.O.R.E. (Custom Optimized Room Enhanced) equalization technology, which is wisely carried over to the 6200e. For best results, experimentation is the key, as I learned during my setup.
Setup I unpacked everything and contemplated the transducers at my disposal. The formidable 6200e LR cabinets each house a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter and two 61/2-inch woofers, using the familiar D'Appolito layout. Two pairs of binding posts allow biamping. Using supplied hardware, I bolted the speakers to optional pedestal cabinets ($1,000/pair). Because the mounted speaker is top-heavy, AT insists that you fill each pedestal with 25 pounds of sand. Sorry, kids: Out of the sandbox!
The 6200e C center-channel speaker houses the same drivers as the stereo pair, but squeezed inward to the middle of the cabinet to improve dispersion. The cabinet's bottom fits into a flat wooden base to allow adjustment of vertical tilt.
The 4200e SR surrounds solve my customary dilemma: I prefer direct radiators for surround music playback, and dipoles for movie playback. This speaker lets me choose. The angled front faces each contain a matching silk-dome tweeter and a smaller woofer. A switch puts the faces in phase (bipole) or out of phase (dipole).