(November 18, 2020) Several days ago, we covered Atlantic Technology's "huge" 8600eC Center Channel announcement, emphatically highlighting the new speaker's extremely unusual width. Today, we're backtracking a bit, dusting over our tracks, and heading down another path. Despite the excitement and intrigue, a slight communication hiccup has led us to re-release this information with a few changes.
Atlantic Technology's all-new 8600eC center channel (50Hz - 25kHz, 93dB sensitivity) plays host to a D'Appolito array consisting of four 6.5-inch fiberglass woofers, dual 5.25-inch mid-drivers, and a single silk diaphragm tweeter (see Post #9 in the comments for more information about the tweeter). Its design is certainly attractive while functionally benefiting from a stacked midrange – tweeter – midrange design that should deliver even sound and intelligible dialog across an entire seating area.
The 8600eC's cabinet features .75-inch thick non-resonant MDF, internal bracing, and airtight sub-enclosures for the driver array. Externally, the speaker is finished in high-gloss lacquered Makassar Ebony or Gloss Piano Black, matching finishes available on the speaker's vertical free-standing sibling, the 8600eLR tower speaker.
Much like the 8600eLR, the 8600eC utilizes a 4th order Butterworth asymmetrical time-aligned Linkwitz-Riley crossover with bi-wire inputs. It also carries three rear-mounted acoustic optimization controls to help it seamlessly match output from the towers. Those controls include:
- High-Frequency Energy: Changes the tilt of the tweeter response to correct for acoustics in live or dead rooms.
- Location Selector: Shelves the upper midrange and the high-frequency output to compensate for being behind a screen or theater curtains, providing improved detail at the listening position.
- Boundary Compensation: Adjusts the lower midrange minimizing sound colorations when placing speakers in custom cabinets or directly adjacent to a TV, for an open and natural sound.
Priced at $2,300, the 8600eC's 95-pounds of girth demands a decent amount of coin. The good news? If you'd like to have the 8600eC drive dialog in your system, you can bring it home today. For more information about the 8600 Series and other Atlantic Technology speakers, visit www.atlantictechnology.com.