At first look, there appears little distinction between Atacama’s Evoque Eco 60-40 SE2 and its Award-winning predecessor, the Evoque Eco 60-40. However in the event you suppose which means Atacama’s engineers have been twiddling their collective thumbs over the previous few years, you’d be improper.
Take a better look, and also you realise that there have been a complete host of tweaks to eke out much more efficiency from this rack.
Place the 2 generations subsequent to one another, and the obvious distinction is that the bamboo cabinets on the SE2 model have barely curved sides. This helps to cut back the build-up of inner standing waves, one thing bolstered by the revised shaping of the distinctive cut-outs on the underside.
Nice care has been taken to regulate the move of mechanical power within the rack’s construction. This power might originate within the hi-fi parts (vibrations attributable to their mains transformers or CD transports, for instance) or be generated by the audio system and attempt to work its means again into your electronics by the ground.
To take care of these vibrations, every leg is decoupled from the shelf it’s connected to. The legs (which are available normal size choices of 165, 215, 265 and 300mm) even have an internally mounted weight that controls the way it resonates, and is terminated by a barely rounded brass spikes to supply a level of mechanical grounding between layers.
There are three shelf end choices – the usual end is pure Bamboo, however medium end bamboo and a darkish model are additionally accessible at a £20 premium per shelf. The legs are solely accessible in a single color, and that’s satin black.
The Evoque Eco 60-40 SE2 arrives flat packed, however it barely takes 15 minutes earlier than we’re up and working. It feels effectively engineered and is properly completed. If we do have a grievance, it’s that we want Atacama to offer some consideration to cable administration. The shortage of it means the resultant spaghetti of cables from our system seems to be somewhat messy.
There are some individuals who don’t consider that an gear assist could make a lot of a distinction to the sound of their system. However as we strive a spread of merchandise on each the Atacama and our effectively used Hi-fi Rack Podium we’re left in little question as to the enhancements such helps could make.
Whereas a rack is clearly not within the sign path, if it handles all that vibrational power effectively, the system can do its job higher.
We strive a Cyrus CDi CD participant first and are struck by how far more agile and dynamic it sounds when used on the Atacama. We play Hans Zimmer’s Like A Canine Chasing Automobiles, from the Darkish Knight OST, and are conscious of extra element, coupled to a better separation between the dense instrumental stands.
Atacama Evoque Eco 60-40 SE2 tech specs
Max load 30kg (per shelf)
Flooring spikes Sure
Dimensions (hwd) 67 x 60 x 40cm
We’re equally happy to notice that each Onkyo’s A-9010 funds built-in amplifier and Burmester’s 088 preamp reply in an identical method. Each these amplifiers sound clearer and higher organised when used on the Evoque than when sat on a typical sideboard or desk.
The comparability with the Hi-fi Racks Podium proves instructive. Each are a notable step forward of non-dedicated options, however it’s the Atacama we preserve returning to after we need to hear precisely what’s happening.
Whereas missing the engaging weight and heat that the Podium encourages in our set-up, when used on the Evoque, our electronics enhance in the case of dynamic expression, precision and rhythmic coherence.
Paying this form of cash for a three-tier Evoque Eco SE2 is hardly a trivial sum of cash, however in the event you actually need to hear simply how good your system can sound, it’s an funding value making.
- Efficiency 5
- Compatibility 4
- Construct 5
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