Atlantis Transport is an optical media player that can read CD, SACD, DVD-Audio, Blu Ray pure Audio discs. Atlantis Transport is the result of the alignment of various elements: latest research and development done for the Atlantis DAC, a deep understanding of factors that must be accounted and preserved from a digital audio stream –many of them never applied before to optical disc readers- and the appearance in the market of the latest generation of digital circuitry and optical pickups.
Outputs are provided for interconnect with any DAC (RCA SPDIF, XLR AES-EBU), or the Wadax Link can be used for the best and most accurate possible digital audio link. Wadax Link is intended to be used with Atlantis DAC only.
To have a full control of data readout, a proprietary optical mechanism has been designed. It's name is Thor and its the most elaborate and sophisticated optical pick-up mechanism ever designed. Thor was developed in over 15 months of intensive R&D, involving state-of-the-art FEA (Finite Element Analysis) simulation techniques. FEA can predict the multi-disciplinary behavior and minimize sensitivity to vibrations, electromagnetic emissions, mechanical stability and how they interact between each other. FEA is usually applied in the most sophisticated industrial designs, like airplane wings, Formula 1 cars, etc.
Some of the advantages are:
1. Predictable mechanical influence from the environment to the delicate optical pickup. Optical pickup should be immune from mechanical vibration.
2. Mechanical vibrations: In a CD or SACD, rotation speed is constantly changing. This generates a collateral effect. Vibrations need to be routed away from the pickup as quickly as possible and damped in their way out. This optimisation solution is done by FEA.
3. Induced static charge build-up: A CD is made of policarbonate (plastics). It stores static charge transferred to it. When you play a CD, the static charge starts to spin too. Lenz's Law states that any charge in motion creates an electromagnetic wave. This wave radiates right on top of the optical block to the electrical photodiode. The use of FEA minimises this effect by re-routing such unwanted induced currents away from the critical areas by design.
Atlantis Transport reads the native content of the disc being played and delivers an unaltered bit-accurate audio stream. Regardless of the media type used.
In the case of SACD, to enjoy the pure, bit-perfect, native DSD stream of an SACD, an Atlantis DAC is required. For this, a custom Wadax Link connection is required (dual Ethernet cable) and the encrypted DSD stream is sent through it.
SACD RIP for qualified advanced users interested in research and the utmost finetuning, Atlantis system provides a unique SACD RIP feature for all kinds of optical media used. Ripping is done to a pendrive inserted at the back of the Transport. This feature is intended for research purposes and it is not available as standard. A special service code must be entered to enable this unique functionality.
*Note: This feature is only available for academic research use
Wadax has developped its own cloud where all users can log in and update their Atlantis units to the latest versions, as well as some other advanced features.
All Atlantis products must remain connected to the Internet during playback. This is the only way to provide the top quality servicing expected from a reference grade product like the Atlantis series. Servicing, updates, IP remote control, etc.
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