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Atlantic Technology FS-252 Wireless Bookshelf Speakers Have SKAA

Better than Wi-Fi Sound Quality

Atlantic Technology just released the FS-252 powered bookshelf speakers that feature SKAA wireless technology for receiving and transmitting high quality audio. Derived from the pro music industry, SKAA is a standard designed for audio creating a dedicated ecosystem that far surpasses Wi-Fi in terms of sound quality, distance, ease-of-use and reliability.

Priced at $749 a pair, the FS-252 active 2-way stereo bookshelf speakers claim to offer a full and deep sound, ideal for music in one room or as multi-room sets around the home. For home theater use, they are acoustically matched to work in systems with Atlantic Technology Sound Bars and LCR speakers. 

The FS-252 can be connected to a wide variety of analog media sources (CD players, TVs, etc) via various wired connections and wireless digital media sources equipped with Bluetooth or SKAA transmitters – a capability that sets them apart from other multi-room systems. A SKAA media source may be any product equipped with SKAA such as another FS-252 or any audio product with a SKAA transmitter/adapter added.  Small, low-cost SKAA digital transmitters, adapt any analog or digital audio device to affordably, quickly and easily add SKAA wireless capability.  This includes PC, MAC and NAS – and portable iOS, Android or Blackberry devices can be turned into a SKAA transmitter with adapters for USB-A, micro-USB, USB-C (coming soon), or iOS Lightning. Digital TOSLINK and coax S/PDIF plus stereo analog to SKAA transmitters are also available.

Benefits of SKAA Technology

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were originally developed for data networking and phone use then later adapted to entertainment audio.  Music streaming is very demanding on Wi-Fi network bandwidth revealing many weaknesses including sound quality, interference, dropouts, variable latency or signal delay and limited signal range.  Also, their continuously variable high latency, creates A/V lip-sync issues making wireless speakers unsuitable for TV, film and video games.  Plus, Wi-Fi network set-up and connection processes include passwords and special router configurations that can make setting up and operating multiple home Wi-Fi audio devices complex, slow and clumsy.  While Bluetooth is easier to connect it has a more limited range than Wi-Fi, is also subject to interference and is incapable of multi-room operation.

The good news is that SKAA eliminates all issues of other wireless audio systems. SKAA is a new wireless standard purpose built from the ground up to work seamlessly in all Hi-Fi applications; whole house, home theater, portable, pro-audio and automotive. SKAA is a cousin of “PAW” or Pro Audio Wireless, proven for years in demanding live concert performances by pro musicians world-wide to reliably stream instruments and singers in perfect sync with high-quality sound pro musicians and audiences demand.  

SKAA audio is always clear, full-frequency and with high dynamic range delivering sound quality comparable to wired systems.  It is perfect for movie and games eliminating lip-sync issues, with an un-perceivable 36 millisecond fixed low-latency signal that’s 4 to 5 times lower than Bluetooth’s variable 120-200 ms latency, and 50 to 80 times lower than Wi-Fi’s variable 2,000 to 3,000 ms latency. The variable latency creates a perceptible, out-of-sync audio shifting between multi-room Wi-Fi speakers while SKAA’s low 36 ms fixed latency delivers clear, unified multi-room audio with 0.04 ms precision between speakers.

SKAA delivers a robust signal up to a 150 foot range using the worldwide open 2.4 GHz band.  It’s reliable because of its patented Walking Frequency Diversity™ (or WFD) channel-hopping technology with error correction eliminating interference, clicks, pops or dropouts even in the noisiest RF environments common in tech-laden homes, apartments, businesses or even busy trade shows.

No special app, network, Wi-Fi set-up, passwords or pairing is needed to connect SKAA devices; just press one button to connect any SKAA speaker, receiver or headphone to whichever audio source you desire.

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SKAA is an international wireless standard that ensures all products carrying the SKAA logo are 100% compatible across a growing number of products and brands.  A diverse eco-system is quickly emerging from Atlantic Technology and other companies that will allow consumers to easily create a variety of compatible home and portable wireless entertainment systems for inside and outside the home that are interference and hassle-free, without sonic compromise.

It’s easy to add optional plug-and-play SKAA transmitters to home and mobile devices turning any analog or digital audio device into a SKAA transmitter, able to simultaneously stream audio to other home SKAA speakers, headphones or receivers.  

For SKAA transmitters used with the FS-252, a free optional App called SKAA cmd is available for iOS, Android, Mac and PC.  This gives a transmitter customizable multi-room operation such as setting up group control or selective muting of speakers around the home.

Features

The FS-252 includes a 25 watt-per-channel class-D amp optimized to the speakers in elegant high-gloss piano black, resonance-free MDF cabinets with component audio feet. Each has two long-throw 3.5-inch composite polypropylene drivers in an M-T-M, D’Appolito array with a .75-inch silk dome tweeter offset for great stereo imaging. Bottom firing four-inch passive radiators extend bass to create a surprisingly big sound from the small package.  Removable acoustically transparent cloth grilles give a finished look. 

The system’s “right channel” back panel includes all audio inputs and outputs, a master power on/off switch, a power cord receptacle and a jack for a single cable link to the “left” speaker unit.  A seven button IR remote which duplicates the five-button side mounted system control panel with LED indicators is included.

Any analog audio device can connect to the FS-252 through its RCA or 3.5 mm stereo inputs. Bluetooth with aptX™ and AAC is built-in to receive the highest quality music from mobile devices or home computers.  Unlike other multi-room audio systems on the market, the FS-252, can broadcast high-fidelity audio to multiple SKAA receivers from virtually any source be it analog or digital Bluetooth and SKAA. 

The FS-252 is both a SKAA transmitter and receiver.  As a transmitter it can cast simultaneously to up to four additional SKAA systems, amps or headphones for single or multi-room use. Adding or switching between sources or transmitters is done with a click of a button on the speaker or the wireless remote with no cumbersome paring or Wi-Fi resets involved.  

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Specifications

Cabinets                              2 MDF sealed boxes, piano black finish, four isolation feet, detachable grilles

Amplification                   Stereo 2 channels x 25 watts @ 8 ohms, class D 

Drivers (MTM array)       Woofers: (2) 3.5-inch CPP    Tweeter:  (1) .75-inch silk dome

                                                Passive Radiator: (1) 4-inch bottom mounted

Inputs                                   Digital, SKAA wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and AAC wireless

                                                Analog, stereo RCA L/R In and 3.5mm AUX In

Outputs                               Digital, SKAA wireless and Analog, stereo RCA L/R Pre-out  

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SKAA Audio                        Range: Up to 150 ft, 20Hz – 20 kHz, 48 kHz x 16 bit stereo, Latency: 36ms, fixed

Frequency Response     100-20K +/- 3 db

Sensitivity                           88 db

Power                                   90-240VAC / 50-60 Hz

Dimensions                        5.7” W x 11.2” H x 8.5” D (145mm W x 285mm H x 215mm D)

Unboxed Weight             Right: 9.25 lbs., 4.2 kg   Left: 7.72 lbs., 3.5 kg 

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Price and Availability

The Atlantic Technology FS-252 loudspeakers are now shipping internationally at $749/pr (USD).

Atlantic Technology is also expected to roll-out several more SKAA products in 2019 including an integrated amp, a sound bar, headphones and more. 

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