During the development of the Asimi Ultra plug, Atlas investigated the use of certain types of slow dried wood (as many have a lower dielectric constant lower than Teflon) for the internal insert material. Having built up samples, they were happy with the results, however they could not maintain the very thin sectional wall thicknesses they required for the plug during production.
The wood they particularly were attracted to was African Blackwood and on further investigation they were pleasantly surprised to find that African Blackwood was used as the main wood species used to construct the chanters and pipes in Scottish Bagpipes!
The reason that it is such a great material for musical instruments is that it's one of the densest and most absorbent woods around. These properties also ensure that strips of this material are often found with guitars, cellos and many woodwind instruments etc.
Atlas' approached the largest Scottish bagpipe producer in the world, McCallum, based in their home town of Kilmarnock, to see if they could come up with a collaborative project that would be of interest to there many customers around the world.
The isolators are available in two forms: the Atlas McCallum Isolator (AMI) is a seven comb design for use principally with stand mounted loudspeakers, although floor standing speakers with small form factors would be ideal; the Atlas McCallum Celtic Isolator (AMCI) with its double mass and load bearing outer polished retention cup should be used when more severe mechanical isolation or large form factor loudspeakers are used. The AMCI has a Scottish 3 comb Celtic design pattern engraved on its surface which is unique to these Atlas products.
These products aim to reduce transmission coupled mechanical vibration principally between a speaker cabinet and the room environment. Both devices reduce the amount of speaker cabinet energy coupling to the floor surface, effectively isolating the speaker thereby allowing the cabinet and drive units to work without the detrimental effects of environmental room contamination.
Both Isolators are beautifully hand crafted and produced in Scotland.
They are available in sets of 4.
About Atlas Cables
Atlas Cables are a major producer of interconnects and cables in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. All products are researched, developed and most are assembled in the Atlas purpose built factory in Scotland. Many of these products are unique and use advanced techniques of production or manufacture in order to bring to the user the very finest quality products. With each new model we continue to push the boundaries of reliability and performance. It's little wonder then, that Atlas Cables have had so many mile-stone advances in the past and that Atlas Cables have secured so many awards in comparative tests against other products.