What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Wed, 17 May 2006, 2:00pm

Atacama SL600

Tested at £120
80100
4

Big, bold stands with a smooth, safety-first sound. Must be matched carefully to your speakers

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For

  • Detailed, natural presentation, good soundstage

Against

  • Can sound uninvolved

The SL600 are big boys with a huge footprint and sizeable top-plate – little cabinets will look lost up there.

Anything that does fit, though, will find the Atacamas offer fine insight and detail-retrieval, along with a persuasive soundstage.

Their sonic signature is slightly smooth, and there's a slight lack of vigour to the sound – at worst, the SL600s sound uninvolved, rather than painstakingly analytical.

Match the speakers and music carefully, though, and the Atacamas lay the fine details bare while sounding natural and unforced.

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