Analog Audio's Review The Rockport Atria
Ever hear a Rockport speaker? Pretty outstanding, huh? Andy Payor has repeatedly designed and manufactured speakers that are simply breathtaking. They aren’t inexpensive, but then again how many industry-leading products are? Not just audio products, but all things that are the benchmark for performance and craftsmanship. For instance, Bentley’s are stupid expensive automobiles, yet inside each of us there is the desire to possess one and experience the performance. A Bentley, or any world-class product, signifies that we have reached the apex and it doesn’t get any better. Few of us can afford a Bentley, but thankfully, the new Rockport Atria is a world class loudspeaker and available at an affordable price.
Although the Atria is the entry point for Rockport, it is a speaker that almost every other manufacturer would consider its flagship. Boasting a three way design that reaches into the lowest octave and beautifully presents the highest registers, the Atria offers many of the features found on larger Rockport speakers. Utilizing custom designed and built carbon sandwich drivers, the 9 inch bass and 6 inch mid-driver offer unique features including variable thickness drivers to maximize response and minimize distortion. The Beryllium tweeter from ScanSpeak rounds off the driver compliment and generates an amazing amount of inner detail without harshness or aggressiveness.
The cabinet is a work of art. Deep black gloss and weighing in at over 150 pounds, it is uniquely designed to eliminate cabinet resonances and related distortion. Boasting a front baffle that is over 6 inches thick, the massive bracing and non parallel surfaces provide a non-resonant speaker enclosure. The Rockport designed crossover components are each individually voiced to meet rigid Rockport standards. The result? A breathtaking Rockport speaker that won’t break the bank.
The Atria is based on its big brother, the Avior. It offers the same transparency and sonic signature found in the Avior but is designed for smaller rooms or those who listen to music at more moderate levels. Cabinets are approximately half the volume of the Avior and fit nicely into most decors. The Atria presents an amazingly gorgeous form factor and a sound that will keep you happy for a long time.
If you have not heard a Rockport speaker, do yourself a favor and set up an appointment to audition a pair. Walk, drive or hitchhike, find a way to hear a pair for yourself. Bring your music and we guarantee you will have an eye-opening experience. If you have already auditioned Rockport speakers, now is your chance. The Atria offers the famous Rockport build and sound and does so at a very attractive price. If you love music, you will love Rockport. Call us to arrange your private audition and be prepared to have your socks knocked off. Yep, they are that good.