Athena Micra 6
Home Theater Speaker System
By Ron Goldberg
Probably the most enduring complaint heard from C-tailers is that after customers have sprung for the pricey video gear, they don't have enough budget left over for a decent audio system to complement it. It's true that nowadays, audio is quite frequently an attachment sale. You can fight against it and possibly jeopardize that big plasma sale. Or, you could give the customer what he or she wants—a respectable little speaker system that looks good, sounds good and comes in at an attachment-sized price point. In the Micra 6 system, Athena thinks it has the answer.
The Micra 6 is comprised of four small (7x4.5x4.5 inches) two-way, front-ported MS satellites for mains and surround, complemented by a slightly larger (11x4.5x4.5 inches) matching three-way MC center channel and the M225 powered subwoofer. The satellites and center all employ a .5-inch fabric-based tweeter the company calls "Teteron," which is trickle-down technology from Athena's higher-end models, as well as a 3.5-inch woofer with rubber surrounds and heavier-than-you'd-expect nine-ounce magnets. The center uses two of these woofers to flank the tweeter in a horizontal configuration.
The M225 subwoofer is a down-firing design with a front-loaded port. Its response is rated from 30-100Hz with only three-dB variance, and with 75 watts of continuous power, which can extend to 225 watts for audio peaks. The sub's output is controlled by a front-panel dial, and connections are provided for RCA and speaker-level connections. The crossover point has been pre-set to blend with the MC center and MS satellites at 100Hz. At about 16 inches high, 14 inches deep and nine inches wide, and finished in an attractive silver with black trim, the subwoofer has the appearance of a small tower-configuration desktop PC. The sats and center come in a brushed-silver finish, with sliver-grey removable grilles. The sats and center both come with a very simple universal mounting bracket that allows for straight-on or downward-angled wall mounting.