The 4200e front-and center-channel speakers have been redesigned by replacing the original user-installed cosmetic side panels with permanently attached finishing panels. In addition, the new system’s 642e subwoofer has a new, more massive 12-inch woofer and an improved cabinet.
Like its predecessor, System 4200e provides the home theater enthusiast with premium THX Select certified performance in a moderately priced product that looks and sounds like a far more expensive system. Based on Atlantic Technology’s CORE (Custom Optimized, Room Enhanced) design philosophy, System 4200e has timbre characteristics that are amazingly similar to the company’s more exotic, top-of-the-line (in the $25,000 range) System 8200 THX Ultra2 package.
For both dealers and consumers, the use of permanently attached side panels turns out to be much easier and more practical than using add-on panels. Since the newly redesigned front and center cabinets have slightly greater interior volume than before, there is also a nominal improvement in their bass response. Finish options remain the same: Gloss Black, Satin Black, Maple, or Silver.
The most important performance upgrade, however, is to the 642e SB subwoofer. It uses a brand new 12-inch woofer, with a three-times heavier magnet and new cone design with a lower resonant frequency. This results in an improved output over the two lowest octaves, and a significant reduction in harmonic distortion levels.
In addition to its new woofer, the 642e SB subwoofer features a powerful 300-watt internal amplifier which drives the system to produce high bass levels from 25 Hz to 300 Hz (+/- 3 dB). It also incorporates Atlantic’s exclusive Clear Filter Technology