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Atlantic Technology Takes Passive Stance With FS3

Atlantic Technology  is positioning a new passive three-channel soundbar and sonically matching LCR speaker as a compact home theater solution for use with modestly priced A/V receivers.

The $650-suggested FS3 Front Stage Loudspeaker is the company’s first passive three-channel soundbar since 2014, when the company discontinued the larger three-channel FS-4000. “Installers and dealers want something more compact to integrate with on-wall TVs, so we designed the FS3 with a relatively shallow depth and include both keyhole and threaded 1/4-mounts,” said president Peter Tribeman.

The 42-inch-wide soundbar features the same voicing as the new $275-each LCR3. Both speakers use the same tweeters, woofers, and acoustic design to timbre match the speakers and reproduce “a smooth coherent soundfield with all channels,” Tribeman explained.

Each channel of the soundbar features two long-throw 3.5-inch CPP (composite polypropylene/paper) woofers and a single 0.75-inch silk-dome tweeter. Each LCR3 uses the same drivers and configuration, enabling it to be placed vertically or horizontally.

The drivers and design produce “dispersion characteristics with a broad listening area and no hot spots or dead zones,” the company said.

The woofers’ CPP cones are said to combine the fast transient response of polypropylene with the self-damping characteristics of cellulose to deliver “exceptional linear response” and eliminate harshness, the company said.

On both speakers, the front panel provides a flat surface with no bumps or barriers that would generate diffraction distortion, Atlantic said. The tweeter is mounted slightly off the woofers’ axis to reduce overlap interference, the company added.

The speakers can be wall-mounted using rear-panel keyhole-mounting brackets or standard 0.25-inch threaded mounting plates that work with a variety of TV- and speaker-mounting systems. An optional shelf kit is also available for the FS3.

The FS3 is available in gloss black, and the LCR3 is available in gloss black or gloss white.