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Rockport Technologies is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Atria speaker system. The Atria is essentially a smaller version of the acclaimed Avior Loudspeaker, and is almost identical in its design and execution. Like the Avior, the Atria uses the new Rockport custom, carbon fiber sandwich composite cone midrange and woofer, as well as the same beryllium dome Scanspeak tweeter. The main difference is that the Atria uses a single 9 inch woofer per cabinet, instead of the Avior’s twin woofers. Therefore, the Atria’s cabinet volume is approximately one half that of the Avior. Not surprisingly, it feels a lot smaller then the Avior, and will no doubt fit in many places where the Avior would not.
The result is a loudspeaker which has the same transparency, texture, and most importantly, the same life that defines the Avior. The Atria has nearly the same bass extension as the Avior, however is meant for smaller rooms (or for people with more moderate listening habits) and will not energize the air in the first octave quite the same way the Avior does. The sensitivity is also slightly lower, coming in at roughly 87.5 DB SPL. This means you would need about 1.5 times as much power to drive the Atria to the same level as the Avior assuming the same listening distance. This difference is dwarfed by other factors such as how loud you want to listen. For most people 50 watts is probably adequate. For a few others, 500 watts won’t be enough!
The Atria is a great speaker, having the accurate music reproduction capabilities of the Avior with a little less bass slam. The Atria is generally recommended for rooms of 2500 cubic feet or less depending on what music you want to reproduce at what level. The Avior works well in rooms from about 2500 cubic feet to over 5000 cubic feet.
The Atria is $21,500/pair.