Atlantic Technology System 370 THX Floorstanding Speakers

System 370 THX

  • Front Speakers - (2) 6-1/2" coated composite molded graphite woofers; (2) 3-1/2" coated composite molded graphite midrange drivers; (1) 1" silk dome tweeter, neodymium magnet, ferrofluid cooled
  • Rear Speakers - (2) 5-1/4" coated composite molded graphite woofers; (2) 3/4" silk dome tweeters, neodymium magnet, ferrofluid cooled
  • Center Channel - (2) 6-1/2" coated composite molded graphite woofers; (2) 3-1/2" coated composite molded graphite midrange drivers; (1) 1" silk dome tweeter, neodymium magnet, ferrofluid cooled

  • User Reviews (10)

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    Carlos Rojas   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 10, 2000]
    Strength:

    I'm not a technical person or writer, they are great, highly recommend them.

    Weakness:

    None so far

    I bought them primarily for home theater, so far they are performing better than expected, the sound effects are vivid and very realistic, need good amp, I'm using the new B&K 307 .(great 7 channel a/v receiver)
    The subwoofer has plenty of base, it rumbles every thing around 30'.
    The music sounds great, I auditoned many others (Vienna, M&K, Paradigm, Mirage, Sonus, etc.) and I found that they are all good, it just a matter of taste, 6 of one or half a dozen of the other, so for the price, you can't beat the 370 system.
    I also bought an extra pair of surround speakers, I'm going with the 7.1 set up, it is worth it, 4 dipoles around you, it is home theater nirvana.
    Happy listenings.

    Similar Products Used: Kenwood
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    5
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    5
    Jeffrey Getzin   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 24, 2000]
    Strength:

    Beautifully sharp highs, good clear dialog, really nice looking pieces, don't take up a lot of room, bannana plugs on all speakers, stands are terrific for hiding speaker wires.

    Weakness:

    None that I've encountered so far.

    I just bought these speakers and I love them. I didn't buy the subwoofer since I already had a THX ultra certified sub (the Citation 7.4) and the speakers integrate flawlessly.

    I watched "The Matrix" the other day at THX reference level and was floored. It was very involving, very clear, and very exciting sound.

    I love the way these speakers look. The front LR speakers align perfectly with the stands so that they look like one big column that can easily be positioned in the room.

    The stands come with vibration isolation spikes, and are really nifty for running your speaker wire. The wires go into a hole at the top of the stand and then out a hole on the bottom, making the whole thing more stable and hiding unsightly lengths of cables. Also the base can be filled with sand or the like to increasing vibration-damping and stability.

    The surrounds are beautiful and sound great. They're rather big so be sure you have room for them on your walls. They can also be mounted on stands, and while I'm sure they'll look great that way, why take up more floorspace than you have to?

    I got the whole set without the sub for $2,700 plus tax. Make sure you don't pay more than that. :-)

    Similar Products Used: Bose AM-7, Cambridge SoundWorks The Surround 5.1.
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Benjamin   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 21, 2000]
    Strength:

    Beautiful, strong, nuetral...

    Weakness:

    Not for what I use them for

    This system is great. I am using two Definitive Technology 15" subs which I previously had, and love, so I had no need to purchase another one.

    Both my wife and I, who have been avid movie watchers and home theater enthusiasts for some time, keep finding ourselves lost in the movies. I never really understood what that meant until hearing these. When we turn the lights off, I forget that I am listening to speakers at my house. I would recommend these to anyone. Not only do they sound neutral, but when I turn it way up, the sound stays even and pleasing; I never feel like I am going to play them too loud.

    I love the center channel. It just sounds right when reproducing dialogue. I think that this speaker is the main reason why we get lost in the movies. The base that it comes with is a great, and has really helped to open up the center sound.

    As a matched system, I think that it performs flawlessly. I find that sound moving between back and front is even, and difficult to point out. Surround effects that used to stick out, now evenly pass through our family room.

    I love music, but I'm not really an audiophile. In either case, I find that the sound of the Atlantic's is quite pleasing for music. I actually like their sound for music more than the Definitive Technology bi-polar towers that I was using. I think that I prefer the Atlantic's because they are a bit more laid back, and easier to listen to. Like when listening to movie soundtracks, I don't want to pay attention to the fact that sound is coming from a speaker. Rather, I like the fact that there are times when I forget that I have them.

    If you're looking for a speaker system that will take anything, and handle it smoothly, check this one out. I don't think that you'll be disappointed.

    Similar Products Used: Definitive Technology
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Troy Jolley   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 16, 2001]
    Strength:

    Great speakers.

    Weakness:

    None.

    I love this set-up. What more can I say. They are a great value for what you pay. I listened to a lot of home theater systems before making this purchase. The only speakers I liked more were twice the price.

    They go well in my custom home theater. The center channel and surrounds in EX & 6.1 are great! I'm using them with the Denon 5800 receiver and a JVC Progressive scan DVD player. It is all connected with Kimbercable.

    I would recommend to anyone who wants a great sound at a great price.

    Similar Products Used: Definitive Bi-polar home theater system.
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Mark Valade   Audiophile [Nov 26, 1999]
    Strength:

    Synergy, build quality, smoothness (especially for a Home Theater designed speaker system)

    Weakness:

    For HT...none. For music listening, could be a little more envolving. Sonics are a tad laid back.

    This system replaced a relitively high end audio based system. Being a typical audiophile, I frequently change components for no other reason sometimes than for change itself. I mention this because my comparisons are from a musical standpoint and not Home Theater (HT). I was immediately pleased by the smoothness that the 370 system conveyed. I expected the typical brightness associated with HT. Not here. For movies, it is exceptional. For a normal room size, this system is "the bomb". I can't imagine, at this price point and well above, any other speaker system blowing it away. For music listening, they faired well. I kept looking (or listening) for a little more. More depth, more detail, more envolvement. Don't get me wrong. As I mentioned before, I am comparing this system to a very nice audio sytem prior to the 370. So the 370 system had some stiff competition. The more I listened (and the more the system breaks in) the more I like what I am hearing. Never fatiging, always smooth and musical. At a price tag of about $4500, there are a lot of choices out there, especially in the used market, but the Atlantic Technology 370 THX Speaker system won't be a disappointment to anyone who uses their system primarly for HT. For those looking for the magic produced by ultra high end speaker systems, spend a lot more money and you can get it. Those looking at equally priced music speaker systems should be pleasantly surprised.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Aaron   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 29, 2001]
    Strength:

    Great detail in movie soundtracks and also music.

    Weakness:

    Trying to find some. But no luck so far.

    I really like this system. Don't let anybody talk you into the 350 system, there is a huge difference between the two. First of all these are awesome for movie playback, but they really impressed me on the music playback too. I didn't like the M&K 150's for this reason, and I was truly heart broken for that because I really wanted the 150's. But these don't sound all that bad for casual listening. What I really like is the fact that you can (even though you never would) listen to these front speakers with no sub and not crossed over for one, and they sound amazing for stereo playback. I don't ever do it but I did try it and they sounded like a 2K dollar pair of audiophile speakers. Does this matter for movie playback or for anything at all? Probably not but it showed me that I had just bought a pair of speakers that can produce a wide range of sound, not just 16 tweeters and a couple of 3 1/2" midrange's for 5K that sound great for movies but suck for music. Also the people at AT are amazing when I had some questions. Buy these from an authorized dealer also, even though you can get them from online hacks for half the price. But you get no warranty. Also let these break in for about 40 hours and they will transform before your ears!!

    Similar Products Used: M&K, AR.
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Carlos Rojas   Audio Enthusiast [May 11, 2001]
    Strength:

    Perfect

    Weakness:

    The speakers none, my wife is about to divorce me for spending too much time watching movies and listening to music

    This is a follow up note on my review below, I listed the price of this speaker system as $2,300, but I fail to say that they were used. The guy who sold them to me was in a dificult/emergency financial situation, and needed the money right away.
    I did not realized how much of a good deal this was, since them I've seem several used 370 systems at e-bay for over $3,800.
    It has been 6 months since I got them, and they are still running strong and keep amazing me.
    This is a great system, they can take all the power I can give them (B&K 307), I still have to hear a distortion.
    Happy listening/watching

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Jason Landry   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 16, 1999]
    Strength:

    Great for home theater environments. I've got them hooked up to a Yamaha 2095 amp, and they seem to be a perfect match. Combined with the Sony 400Q projector, you'll end up with a theater in your home that looks and sound better than anthing you'll pay $7 to see one time!

    Weakness:

    The sub, though 15", is not adequate for larger rooms. Consider getting two of them, and you won't be disappointed.

    I've had these speakers for approximately a year, and I am a happy camper. I've remodeled my basement into a home theater, complete with a 94" diagonal 16x9 screen, and my movie-watching experience has become a thorough joy.

    I love watching the faces of those who visit for the first time when the THX trailer comes on, or one of the always-recognizable studio trailers, and my guests are enveloped in sound. The speakers do a wonderful job of "disappearing" and just filling the room with sound, despite their relatively small size.

    For the money, these are among the best value in the business!

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Paul Nosevich   Casual Listener [Nov 26, 1999]
    Strength:

    The sound is very crisp and they are a joy on movie soundtracks. Center channel is tiltable for better direction to the listening position.

    Weakness:

    The sub is a little weak for large room, but Atlantic Technology recommends 2 for rooms over 3000 cubic feet. In all actuality though, it shakes my whole house and the internal amp is only set to a smidge under half way. A second sub would be nice though to push a little extra air.

    All in all even for the $4300 retail these speakers are a steal. They are small enough to somewhat disappear into the room (They do this very well if you turn the lights off) Yet they provide wonderful sound that can be enjoyed for hours. I would recommend these speakers to anyone who thoroughly enjoys the movie experince and can shell out the cash.

    Similar Products Used: My friend owns 302's with CC3 centers that I listened to and they sound very nice, but there is no replacement for numerous drivers, but he also paid about as much as my left front cost.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Wayne   Audio Enthusiast [May 21, 2000]
    Strength:

    Fantastic range, hard to clip at any level.
    Smooth, seamless soundstage, especially with HT.
    Reasonable price for the quality.
    THX Ultra certified.

    Weakness:

    Less than perfect for two channel music reproduction, but to most ears, more than adequate.

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this system.
    The 370's have been able to handle everything I've thrown at them to date, and after about 9 weeks, they are pretty much broken in.
    I am an avid HT user, with my system going 94% HT (and DBS TV), and MAYBE 6% music.
    For Home Theater, you would be hard pressed to do A LOT better for the money. You could do a bit better in the price range, but you'd have to look hard, and have one hell of an ear for nuances in audio dynamic range, something I, and most of us, just don't have.
    Highs are tight and sweet, and lows roll from side to side with the best full range speakers I've heard in this class.
    The center channel is fantastic, reproducing dialogue crisply and clearly, without any ebb and flow, even during the most softly spoken of scenes.
    The surrounds are dipolar, and do an excellent job of dispersing their channels discretely around my very difficult listening area.
    I opted not to add the 372PBM subwoofer, as I already owned the amazing Velodyne HGS-15, and I couldn't be happier with it.
    If I had to point out any weakness, I would nitpick and say that this system is probably not the optimum for pure two channel music reproduction, but if that is your main objective, you shouldn't be purchasing these anyway. They can appear to be a little "flat" during some classical pieces I sampled, where the Definitive's (once you get used to their bipolar output...I never did, and prefer front firing L/R/C) seemed to float the music out and around your listening area. Different strokes for different folks.
    So, for Home Theater reproduction, I believe these can't be beat. They are D'appolito configured, perfectly matched, come with a very pleasant black finish with nice cloth grills, are THX ultra certified, and are very versatile with a wide dynamic range. Plus, they have very cool optional pedestals, that fit the L/R speakers perfectly, and do an exceptional job of hiding unsightly speaker cable.
    I should mention it was the little additions, such as the center channel platform (included) that allows you to direct the center channel to your optimum listening position, that really sold me on purchasing these speakers.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed them to date, and they are so close to Atlantic's reference 450's, that I'm sure I won't be outgrowing these babies for some time to come.
    Overall, a 5 for value, a 4 overall. They're very, very good, but if you have cash to burn, you could do better (though I can't imagine why you'd want to!)

    The rest of my stuff....
    Parasound HCA-2205a 5 ch. amp
    Parasound AVC-2500 pre/pro
    Toshiba SD-5109 DVD player
    Panamax 1000+ conditioner/surge protector
    Dishnetwork DBS w/DD
    Niles/Monster Cables
    Pioneer Pro-510HD DTV

    Similar Products Used: Definitive Tech.
    M&K 150's.
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    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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