Atlantic Technology New Gatecrasher 1 Marks Entry into Smart Home
Atlantic Technology jumping into the smart home market with a compact 2.1 stereo wireless music system that focuses on one of the most important markets today.
Atlantic Technology is applying its legacy of award-winning sound to a premium 2.1 stereo table-top system that’s packed with an array of high-performance drivers including a stereo pair of ¾ inch aluminum dome tweeters mated with 2-inch cone bass-mid speakers. The internal sub-woofer system is composed of a 4-inch bass driver coupled to a down-firing 5-inch passive radiator. With 60 watts of class D power, this gives the system a wide frequency range with bass depth, punch and clarity Atlantic is known for.
Gatecrasher1’s design, materials, and construction are also a step-up over typical mainstream offerings. The wood cabinet is constructed of high-density MDF shaped to reduce internal standing waves and available in real-wood veneer gloss Makassar ebony as well as piano-black lacquer. The wrap-around metal speaker grille is acoustically transparent and the system sits solidly on four, 2-inch diameter isolation feet.
Unlike many mono tabletop wireless systems sold, Gatecrasher is a compact 2.1 stereo system that produces excellent stereo in most rooms. For use in a larger room or with a TV, a “Wide” mode is available from the control panel to engage a sophisticated DSP that simulates the spatial imaging of wider-placed separate stereo speakers.
Gatecrasher1 lets owners wirelessly play music using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Wi-Fi capability includes dual-band 802.11ac with Wi-Fi Alliance and DLNA certification, seamlessly interoperating with the world’s largest base of connected home Wi-Fi devices. Bluetooth 4.0 with Qualcomm AptX technology gives Gatecrasher compatibility with high-res audio codec’s and it can stream from a Bluetooth connected device to multiple Gatecrashers throughout the home. Gatecrasher 1 works with a wide array of audio sources and operating systems including Windows PC and Mac computers, Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, plus popular game consoles such as Xbox One and PS4.
Analog audio sources such as a TV, media player, legacy audio gear or hands-free voice-controlled systems such as Alexa Enabled Devices or Google Home Devices can be connected directly to Gatecrasher via its auxiliary 3.5mm stereo mini jack. Priority Auto-Sensing source switching makes this simple and convenient to use. Turn the connected device on and Gatecrasher automatically wakes up and switches to play audio from the Aux input. As a bonus, these sources can also be streamed to multiple Gatecrashers in the home. Power is supplied to a rear input through an auto-sensing external power supply making the system compatible with 110 or 240v and 50/60 Hz systems.
Also on the rear is a configuration switch to operate Gatecrasher as a single compact stereo system for smaller rooms, or to add a second unit and operate two units as a powerful stereo pair, creating a substitute for complex, bulky, wired legacy audio systems in larger rooms.
When app or firmware upgrades or updates are available, the system automatically updates via the internet, so the user doesn’t have to lift a finger. Atlantic Technology co-developed the Gatecrasher platform with industry-leading partners Frontier Silicon and Andover Audio, specialists in advanced smart audio technologies.
“Atlantic Technology is adding some exciting Smart Speaker capabilities to this powerful platform that they’ll announce in the near future, to greatly extend Gatecrasher abilities and integration into the Smart Home“, says Andover Audio’s Director of Engineering Bob Hazelwood, whose company worked in conjunction with Atlantic Technology to design the product. “Luxury consumers want all their audio throughout the home with the convenience of streaming services and wireless connectivity. Now, we’ve created a premium “Smart Speaker” with the high-performance sound and features our customers expect”, adds Atlantic Technology National Sales Manager Mike Miller.
Gatecrasher 1 will have an MSRP of $499 USD and shipping will begin mid-July in the US.