ATLAS COMPACT MK V
Characteristics and sound properties
The 5th generation of VISATON's classic ATLAS COMPACT is positioned in the mid- and high-ranges and compares with the systems mentioned at the beginning of the series. Once again, we have the DSM 25 FFL - 8 Ohm and DSM 50 FFL - 8 Ohm dome loudspeakers. The low- to mid-range is covered by the AL 170 - 8 Ohm. What is new in this version is the TIW 300 - 8 Ohm as the woofer.
The crossover, too, has been thoroughly reviewed. The separating frequency between the woofer and low- to mid-range unit has been set at 220 Hz. Thanks to this relatively low separating frequency, the bass is particularly powerful between 50 and 100 Hz. This is accompanied, however, by a reduction in impedance in this range of frequencies. There is compensation for the increased impedance in the woofer (KN 27 mH, 330 µF) which prevents this low impedance curve, but this also reduces the bass output level at 80 Hz by around 3 dB (red line below 100 Hz). This can be a great advantage in rooms where the bass output level is boosted excessively by resonance. Where the output level is more important and a reduction in nominal impedance at 80 Hz to 4 ohms is acceptable, the impedance compensation is simply deactivated to produce the higher frequency graph. In this way, the ATLAS COMPACT MK V offers a tangible advantage in that the bass output level can be trimmed to suit the listening room.
The broad chamfers in the upper part of the baffle give the cabinet a slimmer appearance while, at the same time, avoiding the build-up of corner reflection in the sensitive mid- and high-ranges.
The ATLAS COMPACT MK V is a very dynamic speaker with powerful bass reproduction but without getting woolly in the bass department. Additional features are absolutely neutral voice reproduction and crystal-clear high-frequency sounds without sharp edges.
|Rated power||200 W|
|Maximum power||300 W|
|Nominal impedance Z||8 Ohm|
|Frequency response||25–30000 Hz|
|Mean sound pressure level||90 dB (1 W/1 m)|
|Cut-off frequency||220/1200/4500 Hz|
|Principle of Housing||Bassreflex|
|Net volume||130 l + 20 l|
|Outer dimension height||1374 mm|
|Outer dimension width||360 mm|
|Outer dimension depth||400 mm|
Frequency- and impedance response
- Characteristics / Sound
Extract from Stereoplay (MK II)
Overall, the Atlas compact MK II is able "to take enormous leaps in dynamic play and convert them effortlessly into pure sound." " a tempting way to turn that dream into reality and treat oneself to a set of real speakers."
Category: top grade
Verdict: overall winner
Extract from Klang & Ton (MK III)
"It is indeed the drum sections that really make this large Visaton speaker system sit up and take notice. It powers out fiery drum solos across the room ... without even showing the hint of an effort."
Category: top grade 1
Value for money: very good