It was in 1987 that Atacama first developed an innovative design of Hi-Fi speaker stand. The initial reaction to the design from local specialist retailers was very encouraging, and manufacturing began that year on a very small scale, unfortunately this was shelved in 1988.
In 1992 Atacama Audio began a fresh appraisal of the speaker stand design and it was quite clear from the outset that their design was different to anything else that was on the market at that time. The competition were offering industrial looking products that were fairly costly. The problem when designing a speaker stand is that it firstly needs to be functional, i.e. it needs to be sonically dead and be able to absorb the vibration from the speaker that it supports. Functionality is reasonably easy to achieve, but trying to combine functionality with visual appeal is not so, particularly when you consider that this type of product is likely to be sitting in someone’s lounge. The design brief was clear, design a high performance speaker stand whilst creating a product that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye and at the same time retain a competitive price point. The first product to emerge in 1992 was the ‘SE’ series of speaker stands..
The SE24, was given particular attention by the Hi-Fi Press and in June 1993 was awarded a ‘BEST BUY’ by the highly respected magazine ‘Hi-Fi CHOICE. The SE24 proceeded to win the same ‘Best Buy’ award for a further 2 years running, then in 1996 was awarded the ‘Hi-Fi Accessory of the year by the British Federation of Audio. In the same year the largest magazine within the UK industry, What HiFi? awarded the SE24 a ‘MUST HAVE PRODUCT’ and was presented with the award at a ceremony held at The Hilton, Park Lane, London.
From these early days the company grew from strength to strength and in 2001 Atacama launched the Equinox Series of equipment support to compliment our award winning speaker stands. Within a few years Equinox became the equipment support of choice, winning PRODUCT OF THE YEAR in What HiFi S & V for 5 consecutive years, 2004 until 2008.
Atacama had always been a manufacturer of metal and glass products, but in 2011 the next major development happened when Atacama invested in a new plant to process wood and in particular Bamboo composite. With this new material it created even greater design opportunities whilst offering our customers an ecological alternative to traditional hardwoods. In 2012 & 2013 the Eris Eco 5 won Equipment Support of the year, followed by the Evoque Eco 60-40 and Moseco Speaker Stand in 2014.
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