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    Re: ATC Speakers

    ATC is a serious speaker company.

    It used to be that their best speakers were from the Classic Line (SCM 20, SCM 50, etc) but they recently redid their lineup and the V2 iterations of their domestic line (SCM 11, SCM 19, SCM 30 etc) have really taken it up several notches. Breathtaking with the right amps - they do need amps with a fair amount of grunt. The best sounding are from their Active lineup hands down. Just connect a quality source + preamp and you are off. Their passives are still very good but lose a little "presence" in comparison to the Actives.

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    Re: ATC Speakers

    Interesting. Thank you very much !
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    Re: ATC Speakers

    Iím reviewing the ATC SCM40a at the moment and they are , excuse my french, bloody awesome. In fact I said bloody hellfire when I heard them.

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    Re: ATC Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    I have not owned any but I've heard them several times. I personally love them.

    They are a lively sounding speaker, like a studio monitor, not a British monitor but a true monitor. I heard a set of their $60k powered speakers and it was the closest reproduction of drums I think I've ever heard. The passive speakers, as any, will depend a lot on the electronics but you can count on a neutral sound with good transients and a live at the event presentation.

    What I mean, ATC does not fall into that Harbeth, Graham type of what I know as British monitor. ATC is more along the lines of JBL in terms of dynamics, voicing Is different but I am failing to think of how to explain the difference.
    I think thatís a very accurate description. As you say think studio monitor sound. Like PMC too. And whatís a studio monitor sound - well one that meshes bass and treble exquisitely with no harshness or sibilance. A speaker that is refined and dynamic and natural. The three way active scm40s I have are just tremendous. The scale of bass and sound filling stage is tremendous. Not quite as speedy as a smaller floorstander with something like kraftwerk, but what this speaker does so well is acoustic or classical or rock (well it does all well) and it would be hard to find better for a decent sized room. And the 3 way sound you get when everything just seems to integrate well. They are pricey and heavy.

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    Re: ATC Speakers

    I have owned the little SCM7 Series 1 and also the active SCM 20-2A along with CA2 preamplifier. Very good speakers, definitely not your British BBC style monitor as mentioned above, but precision, in-studio monitors. I have not heard the 40’s, but have read plenty of good reviews and comments from owners though.

    if you are not going with their active versions with in built amp packs, be sure to have amplification that can put out decent power and current drive. While not difficult loads, they do thrive on having a meaty amp behind them, and probably for my tastes, really take a bit of volume to wake them up, not for the late night, quiet listening in general. Otherwise an exceptional performer they are, in my opinion!

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    Re: ATC Speakers

    I would give any active speaker, at least not one built to a price to sound better, I mean why would someone buy a passive ATC speaker over any other passive out there? How many times have speakers at home disappointed after a promising demo ? So far these DSPs are the only ones to sound anything like they did in the shop.
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