Atoll ST 200 in the Test

If it sounds tasty, exciting and sparkling live, atoll is usually not far away. With the ST 200, which is also a perfect precursor, the French manufacturer roars now under full steam ahead in the age of streaming.

Even francophile HiFi fans must make an effort first of all Google maps, to find Brecey, the hometown of atoll. And somewhat makes sense then, after the village of 2000 souls on the screen will appear, many times a minus button Zoom out until the situation on the basis of reasonably familiar neighbouring cities: Caen and Rennes, about 100 km away. The rural origin seems to do quite well the sound of the atoll devices : all tested amplifiers, DACs, and player of the Norman manufacturer presented the music weighty, clear, stable, gladly also times a bit edgy – a vital, clean sound, distinctive and yet consensus: audio no one has not so far liked him either.

Phonetic character strength, have apparently also a good feel for the desires of the HiFi community the HiFi-Normans, anticipate trends before they become mainstream – and then just in time have the right device. Such a trend, which also Pro-Ject with the stream box RS has taken up is Network player with prepress functionality to equip. The DSM models of Linn that NAC-N 172 XS by Naim or the M1 CLIC by musical fidelity are further examples. Atoll starts with two player precursors that are technically closely related: the ST 100 differs from the here tested ST 200 only by its slightly cheaper converter chip (PCM1796 instead of PCM1792), through a thinner front panel (4 instead of 8 mm) and a not quite so bombastic dimensioned power supply.

Atoll ST 200: Functions

The concept of the ST models has absolutely deserves to be implemented twice: on the one hand they play as for good network player on PCs and NAS servers in the home network or to directly plug-in USB flash drives store the usual music files of different formats – MP3 up to the Studio master-. On the other hand, they fetch thousands of radio stations on the Internet and disqualify preserved always still hard to live the ‘digital radio’ DAB both high as logically also quantitatively.

In addition, there are digital inputs for the satellite receiver, perhaps for an old CD players and thanks to USB-B input for the PC. To round the two analog players can flirt on with the ST 100 or 200. Regardless of the source, this adjusts the volume in the analog domain, specifically with a Pegelstell chip, which can be controlled as most functions either by IR remote control, directly on the device or via the atoll’s own control app.

Atoll ST 200: Structure

Network factory is closely to the atoll with the Pro-Ject – both unlimited use of stream, the Stream700 platform. So also the Atoll at the forward or rewind hakelt something, apart but has exemplary practice characteristics, without playing high-resolution files and playback of together walking over pieces of music mastery of course also the absolutely continuous (“Gapless-“).

Even with the converter there is agreement: here’s how as Burr Brown’s noble PCM1792. Its output current pulses meet in the atoll but not to an OP-amp IC, they are translated into voltage values from discrete transistors. A further cordon of single semiconductor then pushes out the signals with a hearty amplitude 3V – and without any feedback reins – to the RCA jacks. This construction is so atoll typical as the unusual vertical integration, atoll seeking: the blanks, the striking thick plates of body, so far it of the components, as the Electrolyte capacitors, come from France – or at least from European neighbouring countries such as the transformers of the Spanish winder Bobinados Zarel.

Atoll ST 200: hearing test

But it is the intransigence of the analog levels, where the ST 200 probably owes its sonic character. Semiconductor standards these modules afford quite strong harmonics metrological point of view considered. But you need already mercilessly accurate speakers like the T + A CWT 1000 and extreme electronics as the momentum Monos by Dan D’ Agostino so that you recognize these by-products as minimum whitening or additional pointing of the sound. Otherwise – about the Pacific 3 Cabasse – dominate the rhythmic force, the free, loose interplay and rousing spontaneity, which so appreciated the tester on the D/A converters and the multichannel SACD player of the manufacturer. Properties that are of course inherent in not the device itself, but the music must be present to be then just clearly audible.

While the atmospheric brooding ambient phases of the overall highly exciting album “Mercurial balm” by food (ECM Records 96 kHz/24 bit FLAC, our site) seemed to clearly distinguish the player: wide awake and enormously moving atoll, mild, romantic, sometimes static of the Pro-Ject, tonal between this Poland, thereby more accurately mapped and dynamically somewhat restrained the Linn Sneaky – so-won also the ST 200 getting a the few places beside the Scottish veteran.

Conclusion

A handsome, very solidly device with great practical value and huge sound, its price is more than worth the atoll. Interesting side effect: the Player looks live really well and is not on every corner.

 

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Atoll Electronique ST200SE Noir

Atoll Electronique ST200SE Noir

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Atoll Electronique ST200 Noir

Atoll Electronique ST200 Noir

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ATOLL ST 200 SE

ATOLL ST 200 SE

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Atoll ST200 Lecteurs réseau audio

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Atoll ST 200 im Test

Atoll ST 200 im Test

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Streamers Atoll ST 200 et ST 100, et nouveaux appareils ...

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ATOLL ST 200

ATOLL ST 200

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ATOLL ST 200 – TV-HIFI Studio Kemper

ATOLL ST 200 – TV-HIFI Studio Kemper

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ATOLL ST 200

ATOLL ST 200

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ATOLL DAC 200

ATOLL DAC 200

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Atoll prépare son Streamer ST 200

Atoll prépare son Streamer ST 200

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Used atoll st200 for Sale

Used atoll st200 for Sale

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Amplificateur AM200se – Atoll Electronique

Amplificateur AM200se – Atoll Electronique

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Atoll ST 200se – Audiophile

Atoll ST 200se – Audiophile

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Atoll Electronique ST200SE : lecteur réseau Hifi

Atoll Electronique ST200SE : lecteur réseau Hifi

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Atoll ST200

Atoll ST200

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Atoll ST200

Atoll ST200

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D/A-Wandler Archive

D/A-Wandler Archive

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Intégré IN200se – Atoll Electronique

Intégré IN200se – Atoll Electronique

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