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ATC SCM 12 Pro - BBC engineer, Alistair McGhee for Audio Media International magazine review

ATC SCM 12 Pro

ATC SCM 12 Pro - BBC engineer, Alistair McGhee for Audio Media International magazine review
  • "So what do the ATC SCM 12 Pros sound like? Very, very good. They excel in dynamic stability – loud things go loud without treading all over quiet things, and if your percussionist likes sly effects and cheeky delicacies, you will hear them. If your drummer mixes rock thunder with jazz accents you will smile – and if she makes it swing you will hear it swing. The beat tightens and rhythmic intentions become clear. Layers in EDM will be laid bare, synth tones revealed, backing vocals resolve out of the soup of lesser systems."
  • "The bottom-end is a lesson in control – less is more when bass has actual notes, and the notes have actual character! But it is the mid-band clarity that stands out for me – vocals just sound more ... more like the singer, and everywhere a clarity that makes much of the competition sound veiled."
  • “I have been massively impressed by the SCM 12 Pro – defying mere fashion it’s an evolutionary product from a firm that refuses to compromise engineering decisions for marketing acceptability. They are professional tools designed for a working studio environment. The finish is utilitarian but the sound extraordinary, and if you need compact monitors that tell the unvarnished truth about your audio, start here.” BBC engineer, Alistair McGhee for Audio Media International magazine
 

ATC SCM 12 Pro - Phil Ward, Sound on Sound Magazine review

ATC SCM 12 Pro - Phil Ward, Sound on Sound Magazine review

ATC SCM 12 Pro - Phil Ward, Sound on Sound Magazine review

ATC SCM 12 Pro

ATC SCM 12 Pro - Phil Ward, Sound on Sound Magazine review
  • "Finding a path through all the conflicting constraints when designing a monitor is akin to making the pieces of a jigsaw fit together, and when you get it right, everything snaps into focus. The SCM12 Pro had that from the very start.”
  • “The foundation of the SCM12 Pro is its low-frequency performance: typically closed-box with its lack of overhang and reassuring security of pitch, whatever the volume level, but with the added quality that comes from driver engineering that’s a level or two above run-of-the-mill and can play surprisingly loud.”
  • "But it’s not just at the bass end where the SCM12 Pro excels. It has a natural, uncoloured, ‘hear-through’ mid-range quality and unforced detail in the way it presents high-frequency information, which means audio is reproduced with the minimum of speaker artifacts imprinted upon it. Stereo imaging was well focussed with good depth, and there were no embellishments or attention-drawing emphases anywhere, just accuracy and consistency. It’s exactly what’s needed from a mix tool."
  • “As you can probably tell, I really like the SCM12 Pro. I think it’s a genuinely fine nearfield monitor, and given the relatively low price for the level of engineering involved, it is something of a bargain.” Phil Ward, Sound on Sound Magazine
 
ATC P2 - The Ear (UK) reviewATC P2 - The Ear (UK) review

ATC P2

ATC P2 - The Ear (UK) review
  • The P2 has a remarkably light touch and a degree of transparency that is uncommon among high powered amplifiers. It allows the colour and variety of each recording to shine and unveils the method of their creation without undermining musical engagement. Even old favourite’s like Conjure’s ‘Wardrobe Master of Paradise’ (Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed, American Clavé) reveals layers of detail that usually remain hidden. 
  • You might get fancier metalwork and shinier connections but I guarantee you won’t find more grip and control. This means you get precisely as much kick drum as the engineer was able to capture.
  • The ATC is a very even handed and capable amplifier indeed, it eschews an ‘impressive’ sound in favour of quietly getting on with the job of revealing more of the music than the majority at its price and doing so in an effortless fashion. Jason Kennedy
 

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ATC P2

ATC P2 - Hi-Fi News review
  • Put simply, it just sounds ‘right’. In fact, this became a difficult review in some ways as I spent so much time enjoying the music that I kept forgetting I was supposed to be assessing the product. Still, when a component makes you concentrate on the music to the exclusion of all else, it must be a good one.
  • In terms of spatiality, the P2 made my loudspeakers simply disappear. There was no sense of things being stretched artificially in width across the soundstage or depth vanishing off into the distance. Nor did the amplifier try to project things unduly, or seem to be throwing out random detail as if in an attempt to impress. Instead, it just took the material and pulled absolutely everything it needed to from it. As a result, the P2 made everything a truly compelling listen.
  • There was an intimacy to Miss Krall’s vocals and she was placed perfectly centre-stage. Her voice had real form and every subtle intonation and intake of breath sounded just that little bit more lifelike. In this respect, the P2 seemed less a hi-fi component and more a direct conduit for the music.
  • At the bottom end, the P2 digs deeply and in a very well controlled manner. Yet again, it managed to pull that little bit more from everything.
  • In terms of detail, the P2 struck gold once again. Instruments were lifelike and beautifully atmospheric, no matter whether a recording featured a soft solo acoustic ensemble or a grand orchestral bombardment.
  • The amplifier seemed more able than most to separate out the instruments to make everything easy to follow, but only if I chose to do so. I could concentrate on a particular violin or trombone if I wanted to, yet the overall cohesion of each performance was stunning. Even during the most dynamic of crescendos, which the P2 would expand with gusto, there was no hint of muddle or compression. Adam Smith, Hi-Fi News, March 2017.
 

ATC P2 - Haute Fidelite reviewATC P2 - Haute Fidelite review

ATC P2

ATC P2 - Haute Fidelite review
  • DYNAMIQUE: Le P2 a cranement dejoue tous nos pieges musicaux, notamment le solo de batterie sur "Company" par Patricia Barber ou les frappes tous azimuts ecoutees a haut niveau ont retenti de maniere physique sans saturation ou distorsion audible.
  • ATTAQUE DE NOTE: L'ATC est un amplificateur rapide dans ce sens ou il respecte totalement le rythme de la partition en ecoute... La lisibilite este tout a fait excellente avec des contours de notes precis.
  • SCENE SONORE: Autre consequence de cette velocite, l'espace sonore este tres bien proportione avec une focalisation nettes des interpretes.... La grande harmonie spatiale du P2 qui rend la restitution absolument credible.
  • TRANSPARENCE: L'ATC P2 reussit le pari de proposer une ecoute a la fois nerveuse, rigoureuse et rafinee... Un savant cocktail de dynamite et de soie ou la neutralite reste au premier plan.
  • VERDICT: Les fabricants d'enceintes acoustiques qui construisent des electroniques ne sont pas legion. L'anglais ATC est de ceux-la et il le fait brillamment.... A decouvrir absolument, sans aucun a priori.
 
ATC P1 - Stereophile - "Class A Recommended Components 2016"ATC P1 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2017

ATC P1

ATC P1 - Stereophile - "Class A Recommended Components 2016"
  • Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2017"
  • No strangers to the making of solid-state amplifiers—ATC has, for decades, specialized in building self-powered speakers for the pro and domestic markets—the British firm now sells a 150Wpc standalone power amplifier. The P1 is said to offer wide bandwidth (2Hz–400kHz) and a high damping factor (400), plus true balanced inputs alongside its unbalanced RCA jacks. (ATC recommends the former for best performance.)
  • After spending a number of weeks with the P1, JM concluded that "the P1 did not editorialize on the music; it just delivered it." Indeed, his time with the ATC P1 led JM to wonder if perhaps another recommendable amp was, by comparison, adding a bit of "zip" to the sound, "and that perhaps the ATC P1 was telling the story straight."
  • JM concluded: "I am unaware of any other amplifier built from discrete components with this level of build quality, and from a firm with a record of accomplishment similar to ATC's, that offers so much excellent wattage at such a comparatively low price." (Vol.37 No.10 WWW)
 
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ATC P1

ATC P1 - Stereophile - "Class A Recommended Components 2016"
  • Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2016"
 
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ATC P1

ATC P1 - Stereophile - "Class A Recommended Components 2015"
  • Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2015"
 

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ATC P1 & CA2

ATC CA2 & P1- Hi-Fi Choice review
  • Large and spacious recorded acoustic, powerful bass and sparkling highs. Effortless dynamics, and a general insouciant ease when asked to reproduce powerful musical peaks.
  • The ATC combo places the different elements of the mix very accurately in space; both left to right and front to back. I am not used to hearing this song with such clarity; and extension to Paul McCartney’s vocals, which come over in a really intimate way – I almost get the feeling I am in the vocal booth with him.
  • This amplifier combo proves to have an excellent midband then, very transparent and with no small amount of space and depth.
  • An excellent performer, this is a true slice of affordable esoterica – you get a taste of what a really top-flight high-end pre-power amplifier will do, without having to remortgage your house in the process. The ATC CA2/P1 pre-power amplifier combination may be slightly quirky and fiddly in some ways – seeming very much the product of a specialist British manufacturer – yet it has great appeal to those that are interested in getting a serious bang for their buck, so to speak, and so it comes highly recommended
  • CA2: Clean, crisp and detailed sound; Effective performer that’s a fine partner for the P1
  • P1: Powerful, clean and very open sound; A hidden treasure – in power amplifier terms
 
ATC P1 - Stereophile - The Fifth Element #87

ATC P1

ATC P1 - Stereophile - The Fifth Element #87
  • After some weeks of listening I began thinking of it as the strong, silent type.... the P1 did not editorialize on the music; it just delivered it.
  • The P1's essential sound was very satisfyingly rich and full. That the P1 had gobs of power did not become apparent until its reserves were called for.
  • The sound of this system through the P1 and ATC's own SCM19 speakers was unusually coherent and seamless from midrange to treble, and the bass had me thinking that this might be all the bass a normal person needs.
  • I am unaware of any other amplifier built from discrete components with this level of build quality, and from a firm with a record of accomplishment similar to ATC's, that offers so much excellent wattage at such a comparatively low price.
  • If you're shopping for an amp, try to hear this one.  John Marks - The Fifth Element #87
 
ATC P1 & CA2 - What Hi-Fi 5 Stars review cover

ATC P1 & CA2

ATC P1 & CA2 - What Hi-Fi 5 Stars review
  • If you want to hear the recording unvarnished, there are few better ways of doing it at this price level.
  • Transparent, honest and revealing presentation
  • "Honesty shines through ... over the long term we think the CA-2/P1's greater honesty wins out"
 
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ATC P1

ATC P1 - Hi-Fi News review
  • Best described as clean, stark and uncluttered, it can first appear slightly underwhelming. But it grows on you the more you listen in, as you begin to appreciate that it’s what is missing – the lack of mechanical’ boom ’n’ tizz – that makes it so delightfully revealing of detail and sound textures.
  • A robust design that produces a sound noticeably free of adornment.
 
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ATC P1 & CA2

ATC P1 & CA2 - Hi-Fi + review
  • The quality of timing is so good that the musical flow is totally unhampered, free to go where it wants to with a strong sense of purpose.
  • Despite having a slightly lower power rating than the Gamut, it has stronger bass. This underpins records like Antonio Forcione’s Tears of Joy to great effect, revealing more about the space he’s playing in than other amps...
  • Using both CA2 and P1 together through the 802Ds provided a full scale, full power experience that brings dynamic recordings to life.
  • If you want to hear the important musical detail presented in a coherent, clear-cut fashion this pairing has remarkably little competition in the two box arena.
 
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ATC P1 & CDA2

ATC CDA2 & P1 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review
  • Best Stereo system Hi-Fi i Muzyka, 2014 Award.
  • The sound is characterized by neutrality and linearity study . The transparency reminds of headphones, and the dynamics gives the impression as if possessed kilowatt .
  • The sound is so realistic and has the momentum that we feel like at the concert. Not only did this in concert halls, but also rock , just before the stage. Impressions are spectacular, and the return to "normal " equipment - dften painful.
  • The price is ... low and does not reflect the class British set.
 

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ATC P1 & CDA2

ATC CDA2 & P1 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review
  • First impressions are dynamics, mass and energy of sound. Brute force reveals terminations at each jump the fan sound. It seems that there is no possibility that the amp ran out of steam. 
  • These 150 watts creates a downright shocking effect, overgrown make my Mac MA7000. Concerts rock, symphonic orchestra tutti, electronic wall of sound Massive Attack - all for ATC as the bull potato. 
  • The duo swallows every challenge and before we thank you for such an impressive performance, poured more blows. Likewise, the sound instantly expires; is controlled just perfect. These things we hear from MBL-a monoblock and other horribly expensive power plants.ATC may only offer less sophistication. Playing for it normally. No frills, colorations or building unnatural, though pleasing to the ear of effects. From the beginning, you may not like a rave, but parting with it will be painful. Once you hear natural-sounding instruments, will be difficult to go back to the mystified version.
  • You can catch a little Audio Research accurateness and indifferent Spectral precision, but after a while I feel that comes to the fore another priority: transparency. 
  • Regardless of the degree of complexity and clutter instruments, the sound is drawn on graph paper, with clear contours. It can therefore be a heavy metal guitar extract individual rows, although others also play in the same band. 
  • Easy to fish will squeak of chairs or other attractions, which usually remain hidden. ATC, as perhaps no other amplifier, showed the work of a piano pedal mechanism on our starenkim sampler. MBL has the same advantages, but I always try to stay smooth and velvety. Meanwhile, the ATC is not afraid to sharply sip or make a noise. Perhaps some consider it as a disadvantage, but I see this as a boon inventory.flawlessly system also shows the quality of the recording. Interestingly, many of the classics from the 60s and 70s can sound surprisingly fresh.
  • CDA2 Player - phenomenal. Both because of the sound, as well as on-board preamp. For the active column is a complete hi-end system.
 
ATC CA2 - AV Mentor review cover

ATC CDA2

ATC CA2 - AV Mentor review
  • Midrange offered a sense of fullness, and they were transparent and detailed. The listener had always a feeling of being near the rchestra and the voices, both the solos and the choir, were rich and quite realistic both in size and character. The high frequency part of the spectrum offered.
  • CDA2's preamplifier section proved to be transparent, with low noise levels and therefore capable of quite good dynamics. Stereo imaging was at the same level as when listened through its digital part and the feelings of easy listening, the fullness and the realism were also there. The final result is that this is not a casual preamplifier stage, included only to justify the integrated form of CDA2, but a well designed, full spec preamplifier.
  • Build and sound quality are very good and the price is more than tempting. In the end, this is a piece of equipment of great value for money.
 
ATC CA2 - Hi-Fi Choice review

ATC CDA2

ATC CA2 - Hi-Fi Choice review
  • Hi-Fi Choice Recommended, Issue 376, October 2013
  • "Very revealing and tremendously dynamic with genuine low-end power.” 
  • “A heck of a lot of CD player, preamp and DAC for the money”  
 
ATC CA2 & P1 - Wave Magazine (Thailand) review cover

ATC P1 & CA2

ATC CA2 & P1 - Wave Magazine (Thailand) review
ATC CA2 & P1 - Wave Magazine (Thailand) review cover
 
ATC SIACD - Gramophone (UK) review

ATC SIACD

ATC SIACD - Gramophone (UK) review
  • In every case, teh SIACD is capable of showing that the built-in amplification here is of quite remarkable quality, not only in its openess and solidity but in the power and reach of its bass, and the surefooted way in which it grips the speakers to which it's connected.
  • That low-end ability plays a major part in the good impression the ATC creates from the start, its extension being matched with speed and deft control, but across the frequency range this system is striking and demands high-quality speakers if it's to be heard at its best.
  • This is a no-compromise "music centre" for those willing to look beyond the mini-system norm, handbuilt in Britain, backed with six years warranty and capable of delivering the kind of sound for which you might expect to need a separate CD player, preamplifier and power amp.
 
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ATC SIACD

ATC SIACD - PRO HighEnd (Ru) review
  • The power supply unit is built on a massive toroidal transformer and filter capacitors of the bank assuming the total capacity of 40 000 uF... In the output-stages each channel uses two pairs of field-effect transistors, very intricately mounted on horizontally placed radiator.
  • Jamaican rhythms and classical jazz improvisation by themselves do not contribute to the fortress templates, and so vividly and expertly executed, it seems, does cause an increase in the production of endorphins and dozens of other neurotransmitters that induce with involuntary smile snapping his fingers to the beat, while stamping and shaking his head.
  • I connect to the digital coaxial input of external transport, comparable in price to the set, and I understand that the difference st. And it is clearly not in favor of external solutions.
  • Conclusions: ATC SIA CD - uncompromising system of uncompromising manufacturer. Inheriting all the best that the British had accumulated over four decades, they have created another masterpiece. The device, whose appearance is deceptive as well as the appearance of most products from ATC, where the cornerstone put functional.
 
ATC SIACD & SCM 11 - Financial Times - How to Spend It review

ATC SIACD & SCM 11

ATC SIACD & SCM 11 - Financial Times - How to Spend It review
  • ATC is rarefied audio; only 50 per cent of its production is for consumers, and 80 per cent of that is exported. Oddly, though, ATC equipment is not that expensive – it is knowing it exists that’s the clever bit.
  • Founded in 1974 by Australian jazz-pianist and engineer Billy Woodman, ATC is seriously old school. Its philosophy is one of “neutral fidelity”, based on the belief that hifi equipment shouldn’t colour the original studio sound. 
  • You can hear the attention to detail. Listening to the SCM11 speakers, the astonishing clarity, separation and bass heft quite knocked me over. 
  • “It’s the first time I’ve heard those tracks properly since 1995,” she said. “It’s like being back in the studio.” Which is, of course, exactly what ATC had in mind.
 
ATC SIACD & SCM 11 - Hi-Fi Choice review

ATC SIACD & SCM 11

ATC SIACD & SCM 11 - Hi-Fi Choice review
ATC SIACD & SCM 11 - Hi-Fi Choice review
 
ATC SIA2-150 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2013"

ATC SIA2-150

ATC SIA2-150 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2013"
  • Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2013"
  • ATC's beefy (44 lbs) SIA2 integrated amplifier ($5000) puts out a claimed 150Wpc and is hand-built in the UK. It has five RCA inputs, but no phono stage, balanced inputs, or onboard digital capability requiring USB or S/PDIF connection; in two words, it's old school. And I love it.
  • The SIA2 exhibits all the virtues of a first-quality solid-state integrated amplifier.
  • To sum up the SIA2: excellent performance, good value for money, and a great match for ATC's SCM 40 speakers.
  • And Monheit's voice was just plain wonderful to listen to—the ATC is a great amplifier.
 
ATC SIA2-150 What Hi-Fi review

ATC SIA2-150

ATC - What Hi-Fi 5 Stars
  • This amp allows for a wonderfully open soundstage through which detail can shine.
  • The amp displays great power, drive and determination as the track builds up. Not only are the edges of notes superbly defined, but there's great texture and feeling behind each one.
  • The ATC produces a spine-tingling connection between the listener and the music.
  • Sturdy design
  • Hugely emotive and convincing sound
  • Sensational timing and dynamics
 
ATC SIA2-150 What Hi-Fi (Russia) review

ATC SIA2-150

ATC - What Hi-Fi 5 Stars
ATC SIA2-150 What Hi-Fi (Russia) review
 
ATC SIA2-150 The Absolute Sound! review

ATC SIA2-150

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  • Its sonic signature is an unwavering midrange forthrightness and fluidity. Its neutral to warmer tonal balance allows for the most critical listening, yet doesn’t cross the threshold into the starkly clinical. Musical fundamentals and overtones are expressed like continuous liquid waves of energy.
  • Bass response is excellent with precise pitch and plenty of slam"
  • Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this amp was the wide net it cast in resolving soundstaging and imaging.
  • Like the ATC, the Plinius throws its weight and balance where it’s most appreciated—in the midrange. The key differences are the slightly drier character and tighter lower end of the 9200.
 
ATC SIA2-150 TechRadar review

ATC SIA2-150

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  • Whatever you partner it with, ATC's superbly finished SIA 2-150 amplifier seems to deliver a revealing, powerful and ultimately engaging result. It offers a degree of grip that is unusual outside of separate power amplifiers, but does not let this dominate its sound.
  • Revealing, dynamic and powerful
  • Works with a wide range of speakers
  • Superb build quality and finish
  • Long manufacturer's warranty
 
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ATC SIA2-150

ATC SIA2-150 TechRadar review
  • Un vrai bonheur qui sait alterner l’énergie considérable et la froide détermination d’un appareil conçu pour rester fidèle au signal, aux
    nuances et à la chaleur d’un vecteur musical de premier ordre..
  • L’intégré ATC SIA2-150 est un appareil remarquable de cohérence proposé à un prix tout à fait en rapport avec ses qualités. Suffisamment puissant pour amplifier un grand nombre
    d’enceintes de rendement moyen, assez polyvalent pour se faire plaisir sans sacrifier la précision, il propose une solution intégrée performante à ceux qui cherchent à la fois la fidélité au signal et la musicalité d’un appareil destiné aussi bien aux audiophiles qu’aux mélomanes.
 
ATC SIA2-150 Mk2 Hi-Fi i Muzyka review

ATC SIA2-150

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  • First, I listened for a few minutes a Mac (n.r. McIntosh MA7000), to have a reference point, and then dived for the cabinet to change the call. The first second brought a big surprise. I had to make sure that all cables definitely hit where it should be, because the speakers flowed focused like a laser wave and strong as real absinthe energy.
  • If the power is not enough, will be loud, but the music runs out of purity and resolution. But not here, because the next energy pulsing most impressive detail and precision sound. Each trifle is served with great care, a separate event.
  • If not enough power, it will be loud, but the music runs out of purity and resolution. But not here, because next to the pulsating
    energy most impressive detail and precision can be heard. Every little thing is served with great care, is a separate event.
  • This amp plays differently than McIntosh MA7000, which in its price class (two times higher) I consider to be one of the few patterns. But I put an equal sign between them.
 
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 2/2010 
Place 1 out of 4
ATC SIA2-150: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Group Test Winner"

"For: Sturdy design; hugely emotive and convincing sound; sensational timing and dynamics. 
Against: Nothing of note."

Tested with: Cyrus Pre XPd + 8 Power (pre-power) - Unison Research Preludio - NAIM NAC 152 XS + NAC 155 XS (pre-power)

   
   
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 11/2008 
4 products tested
ATC SIA2-150: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

At the price, What Hi-Fi felt the SIA2-150 offered unrivalled performance, delivering a sonically neutral, clean and clear performance with enough power to drive most speakers. The remote and appearance may be a little on the minimalist side, but they get the job done and that job is done very well indeed. 

Tested with: NAIM NAC 252 + NAC 250 + SuperCAP (pre-power) - Wadia 581i se - Martin Logan Vantage

 

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ATC SCM 40 Active

ATC SCM 40A - Stereo Times
  • ATC specs are engineering specs, not advertising specs. The speaker is rated from 48 Hz to 22 kHz with a – 6 dB point at 48 Hz. No advertiser would quote a spec like that. It isn’t the kind of hype that sells loudspeakers. Most manufacturers would simply say something like it goes to say 30 Hz and skip how far down the roll off was. It isn’t a lie but it tells us little useful. Also recall I mentioned ATC calls this a 6½” woofer. Almost everyone else would call it an 8” woofer because the convention is to measure the frame size. ATC measures the diameter of the cone, the real size of the driver. You can trust people who give you facts, not hype.
  • ATC, unlike the majority of manufacturers, makes all their drivers. And all their employ underhung voice coils where the voice coil is shorter than the length of the magnetic gap. This is common in tweeters but quite rare in other drivers. It costs more and is a little less efficient but gives more accurate reproduction because the voice coil remains in the 'focused’ part of the gap, where the magnetic lines of force are more linear even at high drive levels and/or at very low frequencies (the lines of force are less linear at the edges of the voice coil). This doesn’t mean that over-hung is lousy. But if maximum fidelity is the goal underhung is the superior choice.
  • Adding everything together and how easily the ATC SCM40A can be used to produce a simple, elegant, high performance system this is a heck of a speaker system. And if you want a speaker system that allows great live recordings to make you think the performance is real, this is a must audition. Add a preamp and a source or two and you have a simple high performance system. The last speakers the great Gordon Holt bought for his own use were a set of ATC SCM50A active speakers because ATC speakers were among the few that made great recordings sound real. That’s enough of a recommendation for me. Simplicity and performance and relative economy gives the ATC SCM40A a very, solid 2016 Most Wanted Component nomination and highly recommended!
 

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ATC SCM 40 Active

ATC SCM 40A - Hi-Fi+ review
  • The ATC SCM40A is the latest addition to the company’s range of active floorstanders. It is an attractively slim speaker with curved sides
  • All three of the drive units are made in house by ATC, which has been building cone and midrange dome drivers for some time, but only developed its own tweeter in the recent past.. All three units are capable of sustaining high sound pressure levels if required; power handling has always been a strong point thanks to ATC’s pro audio heritage.
  • The ATCs are full bandwidth speakers that have grip in the bottom end and a total absence of ventilation on the cabinet. The bass is deep, solid and, thanks to the active operation, tactile. It has a degree of solidity that makes everything feel like it’s in the room, that and the ability to play at the sort of level that approaches that of live sound you get in a studio control room.
  • I had a lot of fun with this system and it has reignited my enthusiasm for active operation; there really needs to be more speaker systems like this. But for now the combination of NAC-N 272 and SCM40A is all the system most of us will ever need, and the best sounding three box system I’ve enjoyed to date.
 

ATC SCM 40A - Positive Feedback review

ATC SCM 40 Active

ATC SCM 40A - Positive Feedback review
  • For my taste and experience, ATC combine much of the dynamic characteristics of horn drivers, while leaving behind the shouty, cupped hands sound. Even more importantly, they also don't bleach their timbre the way horn speakers seem to do. 
  • They also show the immediacy and speed of electrostats, if perhaps not quite as much resolution. They are, however, much more able to play loudly and dynamically than electrostats as well as having much larger sweet spots than electrostats tend to have. 
  • Vocals are extraordinarily clear and clean—likely due to ATC's mid-dome driver which covers the range from 350Hz to 3.5kH - essentially single driver reproduction of the vocal range. With vocals produced from a single driver, performance is enhanced. The mid-dome driver did its ATC magic. Well recorded vocals have a clarity, immediacy and "speed" that few other cone driver brands have. 
  • If you have ever hankered to crank up a song you love, there are few better speakers than the 40A for that experience. Try "Până Când Nu Te Iubeam" loud and you might find yourself laughing in a way a lower volume level won't suggest. 
  • I like the place the 40A plays in the ATC line. It's an angel's balance of the somewhat kinder, gentler domestic line with a slice of the precision of their studio line. Absolutely recommended.
 

ATC SCM 40A - TONE AUDIO reviewATC SCM 40A - TONE AUDIO reviewATC SCM 40A - TONE AUDIO review

ATC SCM 40 Active

ATC SCM 40A - TONE AUDIO review
  • The soft dome is a revelation, especially with acoustic guitars. The romantic Mexican string style in “Puesta Del Sol” by Sean Harkness combines mellow richness with clarity. This accuracy is a hallmark of ATC.
  • Another instrument with excellent recreation on these floor-standers is the saxophone. John Coltrane sounds stunningly pure in “Naima.”
  • ATC’s long held reputation for accuracy is put on full display. Pick any number of popular classic recordings and the results are the same, spot-on pitch and tonal clarity.
  • You can voice the SCM40As to your taste with interconnects and choice of preamplifier.
  • If you’re tired of the cable and equipment hassle, I can’t suggest a better pair of active speakers than the ATC SCM40As. They produce sound well beyond what their price tag suggests, especially considering that you will eliminate at least a few thousand dollars in speaker cables and power amplifiers.
 

ATC SCM 40A - Stereoplay review

ATC SCM 40 Active

ATC SCM 40A - Stereoplay review
  • 84 out of 100 points
  • Price / Performance: "outstanding", "Highlight"
  • "Active monitors are expensive, square and misshapen - so goes the stereotype. The new ATC is by contrast an elegant column speaker that brings all the virtues of the English Super monitors."
  • "Ultimately, transparent and high-resolution monitor in the elegant floorstanding speakers format. He plays incredibly neutral, by drawing and holographically, thereby using very precise bass and stupendous fine dynamics.
 

ATC SCM 40A - What Hi-Fi review

ATC SCM 40A - What Hi-Fi review

ATC SCM 40 Active

ATC SCM 40A - What Hi-Fi review
  • The SCM40A has three power amps (and an active crossover) in each enclosure. There’s a 150W module for the bass driver, 60W driving the midrange and a 25W amplifier for the tweeter. It all comes wrapped in a solidly made, curved cabinet, finished in cherry or black ash.
  • The way they reproduce dynamics is excellent. They have the reach to convince with the large-scale dynamic swings of Swan Lake, punching out crescendos with enthusiasm. There’s an impressive dose of muscle here, and the kind of low-end authority only really capable big speakers truly manage.
  • Every subtlety is sharply defined with the speakers keeping organised and controlled, yet fluid, even when the music becomes complex. Most hi-fi – even true high-end kit – has problems making sense of Radiohead’s 15 Step. Not these ATCs. They take all in their stride, revealing a lovely cohesion throughout the frequency range. Resolution, timing and dynamics are all spot-on.
  • Terrific detail resolution; exceptional dynamics and control; composure; integration
 

ATC SCM 40 - HiFi Choice 2014 review

ATC SCM 40 - HiFi Choice 2014 review

 

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 - HiFi Choice review
  • A reminder that so many reflex ported designs are't doing bass right.
  • The way it integrates its superb low frequencies with the midband is a joy; in this region it’s more searching than many, but is never harsh unless the source and/or song is too. It sounds like a veil has been lifted from in front of the music and it gives an explicit insight into the proceedings.
  • Everything snaps into focus and arrives at the right place and time
  • Treble is airy, spacious and well etched. The looped hi-hats on Beatmasters Who's In The House? are crispy and scratchy, which is just how they should be
  • There's no gilding of the lily with the SCM40, everything is handed to you in am accurate and unalloyed way.
  • Given a serious source and recording, the new ATC SCM40 is superb – I know of no price rivals that give this level of accuracy, speed and insight. It strings the rhythmic elements of the mix together brilliantly, punching out subtle dynamic in a marvellously satisfying and visceral way.
  • It’s capable of a level of transparency you normally only expect from loudspeakers at three or four times its price.
  • Superlative clarity; excellent phase coherence; sublime bass
 
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ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 - HiFi Wigwan review
  • The main feature of the sound would probably be the raw speed of attack. Transients have curves so steep you wonder if ATC has found a way of achieving infinite bandwidth. 
  • It’s a realism, an honesty that tells you exactly what that session sounded like in the studio, but done with style. There’s a wholesomeness to the sound, I hate that word, but can’t find a better one. The sound is perfectly revealed, but never brash.
  • The bottom line.. I’m sold. I can’t live without them. I need them in my life and will have to make the change. Putting my Living Voice OBX R2′s back in was pleasing and frustrating in equal measure. Yes, they are a lovely listen, but the lack of comparative  clarity and speed is something that I can’t live with. Many will disagree, in some systems the SCM40′s will sound too revealing. If the electronics are forward, they will sound forward and with this much detail that will be too much. Audition carefully, but please, do audition. In the right system, you would have to spend £10k to get anywhere close to this sound quality.
 
ATC SCM 40 - Avmentor (Greece) review

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 - Avmentor (Greece) review
  • Quality of the mid band reproduction is probably among the strongest sides in SCM40s sound identity, and this should be probably attributed to the midrange driver being used. The loudspeaker proved extremely clear and detailed though at the same time it appears that there is a character somewhat tolerant to mediocre recordings.
  • Musical instruments were characterized by very good presence while voices, both solo and chorus, were detailed, perfectly focused and with very good description of both the feeling of motion and the transition between different groups in the sound stage.
  • It is clear that the SCM40 includes some of the key elements that have made ATC especially likeable to a specific audience: It is an accurate, neutral loudspeaker with some considerable potential for high SPL listening.
  • We are dealing with a product designed with the discerning listener in mind. A listener with a music collection both significant in size and variable in quality, who needs to take advantage of this collection by using an all around and user-friendly loudspeaker. For anyone who belongs to this profile, the SCM40 sets -in my opinion- a reference level.
 
ATC SCM 40 AudioVideo 2014 (Poland) reviewATC SCM 40 AudioVideo 2014 (Poland) review

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review
ATC SCM 40 AudioVideo 2014 (Poland) review
 
ATC SCM 40 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2012"

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2012"
  • "Class C (Full-Range) Recommended Components 2013"
  • The SCM 40s could play very loud without seeming to make excessive demands on any of the amplifiers I tried them with (Luxman L-505u, ATC SIA2, Leben CS600), so their 85dB sensitivity rating probably should not be a matter of concern.
  • I won't go on at length about the SCM 40's sound. The family resemblance to the SCM 11 was strong: it sounded like an excellent monitor speaker (which the SCM 11 is), except with more bass—and, for the price, unusually well-controlled, well-extended bass. I gather that some people hold to a stereotype that ATC speakers are for rock'n'rollers, by which I assume they mean large-scale dynamics, but also slammy bass and etched treble. Well, you can't prove that by me. Indeed, my sister-in-law listened to some Jane Monheit on the SCM 40s, then turned to me and said, "These speakers just sound 'sweet.'" I agree.
  • To sum up, the SCM 40 is an almost amazing value for the money. It's built in the UK by a company with as much heritage and credibility as you could ask for. As the top of ATC's entry-level line, it embodies the realestate advice about buying the cheapest house on the nicest street. Its sealed-box bass loading makes it (as far as I know) unique among relatively affordable floorstanding loudspeakers. So, if Stereophile's "$$$" code (in "Recommended Components"), indicating exceptional value, could be given to a loudspeaker that costs more than $4000/pair (which I believe it can't be), I would plaster a "$$$" right on the SCM 40's front panel.
 
ATC SCM 40 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2012"

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2012"
  • "Class C (Full-Range) Recommended Components 2012"
  • ATC SCM 40: $4000/pair–$4300/pair, depending on finish Built in the UK and representing the top of ATC’s entry-level line, the SCM 40 is a three-way, sealed-box floorstander. The solid, compact (38" H by 9" W by 12" D) cabinet is handsomely finished in cherry veneer and houses the same 3" dome midrange found in ATC’s most expensive speakers. Though it couldn’t match the holographic spatial effects of the Harbeth P3ESR, the SCM 40 produced unusually well-controlled, well-defined bass and was always emotionally engaging. “An almost amazing value for the money,” concluded JM, but cautions that it is not quite as coherent as the smaller SCM 11. (Vol.33 No.4)
ATC SCM 40 - Stereophile - The Fifth Element #85

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 - Stereophile - The Fifth Element #85
  • The SCM 40s' performance was excellent: a wonderful fullness in the sound of JA's solo electric bass, with well-integrated upper harmonics.
  • No toe-in gave a wider soundstage and sweet spot. Total toe-in gave wonderfully solid center images. Most important, toe-in or lack of same did not adversely affect the SCM 40's tonal balance; neither did my standing up vs my sitting down. 
  • The SCM 40s could play very loud without seeming to make excessive demands on any of the amplifiers I tried them with (Luxman L-505u, ATC SIA2, Leben CS600), so their 85dB sensitivity rating probably should not be a matter of concern. On smaller-scaled music, the SCM 40s could get out of the way, if not quite disappear. John Marks - The Fifth Element #59
 
 
ATC SCM 40 AudioVideo (Poland) review

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 AudioVideo (Poland) review
  •  And again we have to deal with the extraordinary freedom in creating high levels.This can not be described in simple words, this necessarily must be experienced. The ability to play very loud without a hint of distortion is a very interesting experience.
  • Fleshiness of sounds that get in the bass and lower midrange is simply amazing. Clean bass issuing from the sealed enclosure makes us think the reason why almost all manufacturers worship so much the vented columns. Stability offered by the bass foundation is simply not to be underestimated. Like this should play all the columns of ambitions.
  • The juiciness that acoustic instruments are receiving, the authenticity of the sound of piano, the vocal performances are gaining credibility as an authentic tone until one wants to go to concerts just to see if music can sound better. And most interesting is that all this is achieved without the feeling of warming the sound. Juiciness and midrange definition makes the sound very emotionally engaging without a hint or impression that it is luscious. 
  • I am very glad that there are such columns as ATC. Good British school, which leads to believe that the search for the perfect sound makes sense. 
 
ATC SCM 40 - What Hi-Fi review

ATC SCM 40

ATC SCM 40 - What Hi-Fi review
  • Listen to The Rolling Stones' Monkey Man and you can add the words ‘dynamic', ‘detailed' and ‘subtle' too. The ATCs have the incontestable authority to take the song by the scruff of the neck and bring it bounding to life.
  • The SCM40s enjoy crisp timing, an expansive, explicit soundstage, and fine stereo focus.
  • Low frequencies are deep, taut and responsive, the midrange occasionally torrential in the amount of detail and expression it delivers, and percussives at the top end shine benignly.
  • This winningly even and musical tonality is apparent whether playing small-scale, subtle recordings (when the ATCs sound like they've shrunk to the size of dextrous standmounters) or full-on orchestral blow-outs (when they sound big enough to fill a concert hall).
  • Thrilling musicality and authority; built like a bank-vault door.
 
ATC SCM 40 - Stereoplay review 
Magazine 9/2012 
ATC SCM 40: "Good - very good" (75 out of 100 points)

Price / Performance: "good - very good"

"Solid, in design and technology timeless three-way floorstanding bass with closed housing and longtime studio proven midrange. Sophisticated and always unspectacular character with impressive dynamics and exemplary neutrality."

   
   
ATC SCM 40 - AUDIO review  
Magazine 6/2010 
Place 1 out of 2
ATC SCM 40: Sound rating: 93 points

"Plus: Tremendously transparent, neutral monitor with wide projected space"

   
   
ATC SCM 40 - What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision review 
Magazine 7/2009 
Place 1 out of 6
ATC SCM 40: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

About as solid as you could hope for in construction, ATC's SCM40s deliver a commensurate assuredness and sublime musicality. Recordings that are on the shoddy side will have all their defects harshly illuminated though, but to hear exactly what your music holds, there are few other speaker options.

Tested with: Spendor A6 - Monopulse 42A - PMC FB1i - Roksan FR5 - Dynaudio Excite X36

 

ATC SCM 19 AT - The Absolute Sound review

ATC SCM 19AT

ATC SCM 19 AT - The Absolute Sound review
  • Far and away its biggest asset (and this was also true of the SCM19) remains its fast, dynamic, and transparent midrange—one that anchors images, from vocals to violins, and establishes their palpable presence in the room.
  • Image placement is fastidious; at times almost startling in the way musicians inhabit their own space with authority, clarity, and specificity.
  • There is no two-way loudspeaker that I would recommend more highly. Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, May 2017
 

ATC SCM 19 AT - Hi Fi Wigwam review

ATC SCM 19AT

ATC SCM 19 AT - Hi Fi Wigwam review
  • The ATCs excel in a surprising way. The presentation is quite forward, but really captures the atmosphere and mood. ‘Presence’ is an overused word, but it suits here.
  • The lack of colouration, massive dynamic range, ability to reproduce transients, and accurate imaging are beguiling.
  • They produce a real feeling of width and depth, and a lifelike presentation. In particular, lead vocalists seem to be in space front of the speakers.
  • The obvious test of any piece of equipment is its ability to make you keep listening.  As I start the first draft of this review, we have most of the family arriving for Easter on what was tomorrow but is now today. It is three in the morning and I am being moaned at, not unreasonably, for carrying on pulling things off the shelves to listen to.  That, in a nutshell, is the ATCs. They make you want to keep finding things to play.  A number of tracks are probably the best I have ever heard them sound. Richard Bowles, Hi-Fi Wigwam, April 2017.
 

ATC SCM 19 AT - The Speaker Shack reviewATC SCM 19 AT - The Speaker Shack review

ATC SCM 19AT

ATC SCM 19 AT - The Speaker Shack review
  • The dynamics and transients are really excellent... The top end is so detailed with not a hint of any harshness as the tweeter is one of the finest sounding I have come across, with Robert Len’s trumpet sounding sweeter than ever.
  • The ATC SCM19AT speakers have all the potential for offering up this album with an extra-large serving of quality. The dynamics and transients are really excellent…with the ability to create a large scale sonic picture in my smallish room. The top end is so detailed with not a hint of any harshness as the tweeter is one of the finest sounding I have come across…Listening to the SCM19AT speakers has proved to be a very rewarding experience
  • The Speaker Shack awards the ATC SCM19AT speaker with a Highly-Recommended product rating. Giancarlo Massironi, The Speaker Shack, March 2017
 

ATC SCM 19 AT - Positive Feedback

ATC SCM 19AT

ATC SCM 19 AT - Positive Feedback
  • I was tremendously impressed by the high end response of the SCM19ATs for its transparency, smoothness, and definition. I never heard a harsh sound out of it. It compared very favorably with the ceramic tweeter in my own Marten Django XLs, which is really quite outstanding. 
  • I immediately noticed the lifelike presentation of voices that really seemed to jump out from the speakers and exist in open space. In-concert vocal recordings were really special
  • Images were rock solid and it was easy to pinpoint the position of the other band members behind her. The soundstage had such a natural spatial presentation that nothing stood out as being too small, too large, fuzzy or floating. Everything just seemed to be in its correct place. 
  • The ATC's are capable of sounding very dramatic when the music and performance call for it, a result of their fine dynamic contrasts, tonal character, and nuance. Instruments and especially voices were realized with a vividness and transparency that were top notch. Additionally, for a small speaker, they could really fill the room and play very loud. 
  • This extended and tuneful bass really drove the music forward and made best use of every cycle of bass there was. 
  • The midrange was smooth and involving with no hint of problems around the crossover point. I've already told you how great these speakers sound on vocal recordings, but the same was true on instrumentals and large scale orchestras. Detail and transparency were also terrific for a speaker in this price range.
  • The SCM19ATs are a wonderful advancement in the state of the art of active loudspeakers. You could easily spend three times as much on comparable separate components and not do as well. I strongly encourage you to seek out the ATCs and give them a listen.
 

ATC SCM 19 AT - Hi-Fi Pig review

ATC SCM 19AT

ATC SCM 19 AT - Hi-Fi Pig review
  • Performance was simply stunning. Newton and his guitar did something for me I didn't think I'd feel with these ATCs. Their ultra-transparent midrange imparts a subtle fluidity to the vocal and even the softest guitar notes sound slightly liquid on the leading edges whilst retaining speed and authenticity.
  • If you’re looking for a no brainer approach to high fidelity sound at a reasonable cost with great looks and build quality, and one that lowers the box count I'd strongly recommend a demo of the SCM19As.
  • AT A GLANCE
    • Sound Quality: very engaging, exciting and honest
    • Build Quality: strong solid build, nice veneer and amp pack integration
    • Value For Money: in the grand scheme of finding a great sonic match amplifier and stands, ATC take away the burden of wasting money and time with the designs synergy
    • Pros: Honest and insightful sound Incredibly transparent midrange Confident stable soundstage Lovely design and finish
 

ATC SCM 19AT - Hi-Fi Choice Editors Choice

ATC SCM 19AT - Hi-Fi Choice Editors Choice

ATC SCM 19AT - Hi-Fi Choice Editors Choice

ATC SCM 19AT

ATC SCM 19AT - Hi-Fi Choice Editors Choice
  • SOUND QUALITY: Even if you’re familiar with the dynamic largess and gloriously un-hyped presentation of the standmount passive SCM19, this active tower moves the game on in unmistakable ways. In raw terms it goes louder with less distortion while exhibiting tighter control, wider and more finely graded dynamic contrasts, a deeper, harder-hitting bass and greater rhythmic impetus and drive. Yep, rather than peering through the window, we’re standing in the open doorway of the studio, here.
  • It’s an inky black recording from which the SCM19 extracts an enormous amount of character, the way the voice has been treated is particularly obvious but this doesn’t undermine its appeal. You can hear way down into the mix and appreciate the subtlety of playing from every member of the band,
  • Sonically, this ATC floorstander can face down most £5-6k passive designs that require at least £2-3k of amplification to fulfil their potential. That said, some of the contenders peddle their own wellengineered tech and look more impressive than the functional ATC.
  • CONCLUSION: Clearly shot through with the solid engineering and acoustic expertise loved by fans of ATC around the world, the SCM19A is an important and effective addition to the company’s extensive domestic lineup. Used in anger with high octane rock it will make most similarly sized passive floorstanders sound somewhat flat and loose. But it does the delicate stuff with great care and finesse as well. A better advert for properly implemented active design at a relatively sane price I’ve yet to hear.
  • LIKE: Studio-class insight and neutrality; fabulous dynamics and bass; build DISLIKE: Starkly functional appearance
  • WE SAY: If you really want to hear what your music collection sounds like, look no further
 
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ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2017
  • Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2017"
  • Designed around a sealed enclosure with curved side panels, a lute-shaped cross section, and a volume of 19 liters—hence the model number—ATC's SCM19 v.2 is a two-way loudspeaker with a 1" non-hemispherical soft-dome tweeter and a 6" woofer, the 3" dustcap of which is said to function as a midrange dome; both drivers are of ATC's own design and manufacture.
  • Comparing the ATC to a similarly small, sealed-box loudspeaker of some renown, the classic BBC LS3/5a, JM found that the SCM19 v.2 "exhibited an arresting increase in resolving power."
  • JM summed up: "The SCM19 might be all the speaker most people will ever need. Well done. Highly recommended." (Vol.37 No.6 WWW)
 
ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016
  • Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2016"
 
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ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016
  • Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2015"
 
ATC SCM 19 - Avmentor (Greece) reviewATC SCM 19 - Avmentor (Greece) review

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Avmentor (Greece) review
  • The loudspeaker offered a considerable potential for detail description and a very good behavior in dynamics towards the lower part of the spectrum, at least with most of our listening material. These sonic attributes were complemented by an extremely attractive and detailed soundstage and a well-balanced transparent mid-frequency region.
  • One should add the loudspeaker's excellent behavior when performing at high levels, a property that makes the SCM19 the best small loudspeaker in macrodynamics that we have listened to for some time now. With proper amplification, you can listen to quite high levels without any hint of audible compression, while the woofer suspension seems to offer an unlimited displacement potential.
  • Reproduction of the mid-frequency part of the audio spectrum is one of SCM19's most compelling performance attributes. Extremely lucid and revealing, without being tiresome, allows the listener to immerse into the music composition and to enjoy it. Voices are well articulated and both the feeling of presence and the timbre accuracy of the musical instruments are rendered with precision, resulting in effortless and pleasing listening sessions.
  • SCM19's stereo imaging is one of the best we have come across lately. The loudspeaker easily "disappears" from the listening room and gives way to a vivid and crisp soundstage with well focused individual sound sources, very good described musical instruments groups and a natural feeling of source movement and space, provided that all these are included in the recording in the first place. The listener receives a sense of closeness and the virtual stage features good depth and a well-defined width, all elements that are quite descriptive of the recording/mixing process.
  • Conclusion: SCM19 is, doubtless, one of the top compact loudspeakers that can be bought at the moment, in this price range, especially if one looks for a tonically-accurate and good-in-dynamics design, which respects the program material. Under these circumstances, it is an excellent choice and, most likely, will be one of the ATC's all-time classics in the future ! Highly recommended.
 

ATC SCM 19 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2016 - "Best standmounter £1200+"

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £1200+"
  • What Hi-Fi Awards 2016: Best standmounter £1500+
  • “These ATCs are analytical yet never sound clinical or passionless. They remain transparent to the original recording and system electronics. And when it comes to insight and honesty, we haven’t heard any better for the money.”
  • "Partnered with a suitably powerful amp, the SCM19s wow you with a dynamic, detailed and rhythmic sound..."
  • For:
    • Honest and insightful sound
    • Impressive dynamics
    • Composure at higher volume levels
    • Crisp rhythmic drive
    • Rock-solid build
    • Impressive drive-unit engineering
 
ATC SCM 19 - SpindStage! Experience (US) review

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - SpindStage! Experience (US) review
  • Wether you like to immerse yourself in the technology or prefer to simply focus on the music, reviewer Wes Marshall thoroughly enjoyed the loudspeakers and here is just a taster of what he thought:
  • "ATC’s trademark effortless sound was still there in the SCM19 V2 -- but sound is the wrong word. What I heard was so effortless that I never heard a trace of the existence of a crossover and separate drivers. It was as if the term headroomhad never been coined. The small details of Flint’s sad yet inviting voice shone right through, all adding up to her beautiful timbre. Nor did her faultless diction ever sound forced, and there was no exaggeration of the upper midrange. This sort of sound will entirely disarm those who still maintain that studio monitors are “too revealing."
  • "The ATCs did a better job of catching the naturally decaying sounds of instruments in a room than any other speakers I know of.”
  • “Ever since I bought my first pair of ATC speakers 20 years ago, it’s been my opinion that you can never go wrong with ATC. I nominate Billy Woodman for the Audio Hall of Fame."
 

ATC SCM 19 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £1200+"

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £1200+"
ATC SCM 19 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £1200+"
 

ATC SCM 19 - What HiFi 2015 review

ATC SCM 19 - What HiFi 2015 verdict

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - What HiFi 2015 review
  • There’s a clear sense of how large the recording venue is, the SCM19s picking up the subtle acoustic clues that allow us to perceive that size. Piano notes are delivered with solidity and finesse.
  • We’re struck by the layers of harmonics the speakers resolve and the natural way these standmounters render the varying intensity of the keystrokes.
  • The leadings and trailing edges of notes are crisply defined without sounding artificially hyped. These speakers really sound right at home here, delivering a presentation that’s as convincing tonally as it is spellbinding dynamically.
  • These ATCs are highly analytical yet never sound clinical or passionless, and are transparent to the original recording and system electronics. Buy with confidence.
  • For: Honest and insightful sound - Impressive dynamics - Composure at higher volume levels - Crisp rhythmic drive - Rock-solid build -Impressive drive-unit engineering
 

ATC SCM 19 - Hi-Fi Choice Recommended

ATC SCM 19 - Hi-Fi Choice Recommended

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Hi-Fi Choice Recommended
  • It’s an inky black recording from which the SCM19 extracts an enormous amount of character, the way the voice has been treated is particularly obvious but this doesn’t undermine its appeal. You can hear way down into the mix and appreciate the subtlety of playing from every member of the band,
  • Piano really shows what this speaker can do. I get totally carried away with Haydn and Beethoven pieces that usually fail to keep me interested.
  • The SCM19 makes a good case for Billy Woodman’s assertion that what’s right for the studio is also best for the home. Transparency is what you want in both locales, the engineer might be listening for something different to the music lover, but they both want to hear as much as possible. In that respect this is a killer product, it tells you exactly what’s going on in the mix be it good or bad. It lets you hear how Jimi or Jimmy or Jeff played the mind blowing stuff they did and that’s what life should be all about.
  • Very revealing; superb bass and fine timing; well built
 
ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2014

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2014
  • SCM 19 is Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2014
  • "In addition to the musical and technical virtues of a competently executed sealed-box design, ATC's SCM19 two-way monitor (reviewed in June 2014, Vol.37 No.6) is big enough to make a major sonic impact in most listening rooms of reasonable size, and small enough not to trip over its own feet. Low distortion, zero fatigue, great looks, fair price. WNTL?"
 

ATC SCM 19 - Positive Feedback ISSUE 74 July/August 2014

ATC SCM 19 - Positive Feedback ISSUE 74 July/August 2014

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Positive Feedback ISSUE 74 July/August 2014
  • What is your current audio system? Right now I am listening to Bricasti's M1 DAC fed mostly from Parasound's Halo CD 1 as a transport, Nordost digital cable, Cardas Clear analog cables, ATC's P1 power amp, and ATC's sealed-box SCM19 loudspeakers, which are a huge bargain at $3700 in the US. The ATC SCM19 is a great example of really delivering the goods for a very justifiable price. The whole system sounds fabulous. - An Interview with John Marks - Positive Feedback ISSUE 74 , July/August 2014
 
ATC SCM 19 - The Absolute Sound 2014

ATC SCM 19

The Absolute Sound ogo
  • A good part of the 19’s opulent character is attributable to the superb on-and off-axis dispersion of the mid/bass unit, i.e., its power response. I never felt head-locked in a tiny sweet spot. 
  • The true greatness of the SCM19—and its most striking feature—is the lifelike relationship between that tonal balance and the speaker’s midband and treble-range dynamic output. 
  • In low-level resolving power, the SCM19 conveys musical intimacy like few loudspeakers of this class. When I listened to the direct-to-disc recording of classical guitarist Michael Newman [Sheffield Lab] there was a near holographic sense of the artist playing, breathing, inhabiting the listening room. It’s a sensation that’s eerie in its communication of speed, tonal color, timbre, and ambience. And during Grieg’s Four Lyric Pieces [Sheffield Labs] the diamond-like transparency and color from the eight musicians of the Chicago Symphony Winds was breathtaking. This disc’s imaging has always been pristine, but here there was substance and dimension behind each image.
  • As I hear it, there’s a very short list of rivals that play in the league of the SCM19. And even fewer at this attainable price point. Although this review should speak for itself, let me reiterate: The ATC SCM19 is, without reservation, a superb monitor that should excite and please the most discriminating of listeners. My highest recommendation.
 
ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - The Fifth Element #85

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Stereophile - The Fifth Element #85
  • The SCM 19 v.2 decisively strode ahead of the SCM 7 v.3 in seven-league boots in two areas: resolution and bass extension. The SCM 7 had no distortion that I was aware of, but the SL driver in the SCM 19 was so much more revealing that it was not funny. Hand in hand with that was much more bass impact than I ever would have imagined possible from a glance at the ATC's published specs of these speakers' - 6dB points: 60Hz for the SCM 7, yet only 54Hz for the more-than-twice-as-expensive SCM 19. That was not what it sounded or felt like.
  • The SCM 19 v.2 nearly best-in-class resolving power (Vivid Audio's four-time-as-expensive Oval B1 still pips it here, I think) shone on my longest-serving test track, "Easy to Love", from Ella Fitzgerald's The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume Two. The pulsing of her vibrato as the last word of the song trails off was as present and full as never before.
  • To sum up: ATC SCM 19 v.2 delivers bass extension, detail, fullness, and presence to such a greater extents than its smaller sibling, the SCM 7, that I consider the 2200 / pair more it costs to be more than justified. Indeed, to be so much the better value at 3699/ pair that I fear that for many listeners, buying the SCM 7 would be a false economy. The SCM 19 might be all the speaker most people will ever need. Well done. Highly recommended. John Marks - The Fifth Element #85
 
ATC SCM 19 - HiFi Choice review

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - HiFi Choice review
  • "With heavyweight construction and fabulous veneer, this is a classic, studio-friendly ATC design for the home. If you want to hear the nuts and bolts of favourite discs and are prepared to cope with their shortcomings, it's nigh on unbeatable."
  • Very revealing of recordings and associated hardware
  • Lovely real wood veneer
  • Consummate power handling
  • Wide dynamic range
 
ATC SCM 19 - What HiFi review

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - What HiFi review
  • "Have the muscle to deliver seismic shifts with considerable conviction."
  • "If you think hi-fi is about hearing whatever the source delivers, good or bad, these are for you."
  • An honest sound that brims with insight, dynamic and punch
  • Rugged build
 
ATC SCM 19 - Avmentor (Greece) review

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - Avmentor (Greece) review
  • From the earliest moments of hearing, the feeling, when listening to the SCM19, is one of calm and homogeneity. The speaker behaves with respect to the program, creates a perfectly balanced image that is neither too far nor too near to the listener and offers great potential to questions of detail, and focus both the width and the depth of the hypothetical stage.
  • The middle area is distinguished for its analysis, balancing between the pleasant nature of the monitor and the restful sound and the speaker will satisfy the listeners of vocal works with the immediacy and precision in articulation, and the focus of the voices.
  • The SCM19 is the most complete speaker tested, on the side of the homogeneity and also seems to have a considerable potential for high levels without colouring. If you are looking for a speaker that approximates in the best possible way the "accuracy" case, is relatively small in size and has a reasonable price, your search can end here. This, clearly, for the best speaker of the test.
 
ATC SCM 19 - HiFi+ review

ATC SCM 19

ATC SCM 19 - HiFi+ review
  • What ATC speakers are all about is resolution and this cannot be achieved with a coloured balance. That mean neutrality and you need an amplifier that pulls in the same direction. If you want colour in your music look for it in the source material, and while tonally colourful hi-fi can be tremendously entertaining it can ultimately do a disservice to that music by subtly remixing it.
  • While I don’t listen to a lot of classical music myself I do appreciate a bit of dynamic range and space alongside the all-important bone-crunching bass, and I can’t help but enjoy the results I get with this speaker. The sheer girth they afford EST’s Tuesday Wonderland when the double bass and piano get into a groove is a delight that few speakers which I could just about afford can deliver. If it’s the sound of music you are after, forget Julie Andrews and check these out.
  • It also has wide dynamic range thanks to the power handling capabilities of the main driver, which means that when a loud transient comes along you are left in no doubt about it. The phrase “good power handling” can be misleading. It doesn’t merely mean you can play long and loud, it also means that there is no compression of dynamic peaks. So music with wide dynamic range is revealed in all its glory from the quietest to the loudest notes.
 
ATC SCM 19 - techradar review

ATC SCM 19

ATC - Techradar 5 Stars
  • Top 10 hi-fi speakers by Techradar - ATC SCM19 (£1,500):
  • Like PMC, the ATC SCM 19 has a pro heritage and has been screwed together with a whole lot of hi-fi know-how. It contains one of ATC's legendary drive units and a plethora of high-class engineering all squeezed into one of the finest boxes around. But be warned: this is a warts-and-all speaker that won't gloss over the sound. However, for many people, it will be the closest they can get to those precious studio master tapes.
 
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 5/2007 
4 products tested
ATC SCM 19: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Want to hear what they heard in the studio? These ATCs are the closest you'll get in this test."

Tested with: B&W 805S - Wilson Benesch Square One - Dali Mentor 2

 

ATC SCM 11 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2017 - "Best standmounter £1200-£2000"

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2017 - "Best standmounter £1200-£2000"
  • What Hi-Fi Awards 2017: Best standmounter £1200-£2000
  • “These speakers manage to knit everything into a cohesive, musical whole”.
  • This is the 11th year the SCM11 has  won a What Hi-Fi Award, winning in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, making it the most consistently successful speaker design in What Hi-Fi award history.
 

ATC SCM 11 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2016 - "Best standmounter £800-£1500"

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £800-£1500"
  • What Hi-Fi Awards 2016: Best standmounter £800-£1200
  • “It’s hard not to be totally enamoured by the ATC SCM11s. For the money, they seem to do everything right – and their solid curved cabinets look the part too. When it comes to speakers, or even hi-fi kit in general, there are few better ways to spend £1200.”
  • "ATC has struck gold again. These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price."
  • For:
    • Fine rhythmic drive
    • Agile and precise
    • Clean, neutral balance
    • Subtle dynamics
    • Hugely transparent
 
ATC SCM 11 -  HiFi Critic reviewATC SCM 11 -  HiFi Critic reviewATC SCM 11 -  HiFi Critic review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 -  HiFi Critic review
  • Venerable veteran designer and reviewer Martin Colloms has reviewed the SCM11 in the latest edition of HIFICRITIC and awarded it a ‘Best Buy’ accolade:
  • It sounded substantially evenhanded on both rock and classical music, with clean and clear singing voices... Voices sounded clear and focused
  • Percussion was a particular forte, keeping the differentiation of instrumental sounds very clear, coupled with explosive mid-bass dynamics.
  • They sounded quite uncanny on rock and pop material, in part because so very few competing designs in this price bracket really get to grips with the beat. Here bass, midrange and treble regions drive in unison with almost no aural confusion; it’s a foot-tapper’s delight
  • If you think that this reads like a positive review, then you would be right. Not only does the ATC SCM11 reach beyond its class for sound quality but it does so through exceptional engineering, and shows seriously good taste in balancing the frequency response. Although it’s not perfectly neutral in the midrange, the listener is mightily rewarded with enthusiastic musical drive, great dynamics, very good clarity and detail and exceptional bass rhythms. Build quality is first class, and the lab report would grace a design at five times the price. It proved easy to fine-tune its location in the listening room, and is also an easy amplifier load. The ATC SCM11 is a clear winner and readily achieves a HIFICRITIC Best Buy accolade.
 

ATC SCM 11 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £800-£1500"

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £800-£1500"
ATC SCM 11 - What Hi Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2015 - "Best standmounter £800-£1500"
 

ATC SCM 11 - Hifi Pig verdictATC SCM 11 - Hifi Pig review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - Hifi Pig review
  • The ATC’s are a solidly built real wood veneered ‘stylishly classic’ speaker which embodies a solid listen. Their strongly braced infinite baffle construction allows for their representation of the music to be truly outstanding, they give insight into the most intricate of tracks or can relaxingly and effortlessly flow with less busier material.
  • The ATC SCM11 are at the absolute top of their class and you really would have to spend much more to even be able to stand up confidently against these awesome little speakers let alone better them. 
  • Recommended for being the most insightful, engrossing, fast, fun and accurate speaker to have ever graced its price range.
  • Bass guitar and kick drum produce a pounding rhythmic beat that is weighty, propelling and perfectly timed, while the snare drum has that fast rise time explosive “crack” and the following drum shell sounds included too which I feel is essential for true hi-fi sound. 
  • I could easily live with the lithe dynamics, the outright faithful treble resolution, the midrange tonal accuracy of these speakers and oddly enough, I could easily live with that roll off in the lower bass registers as well, because the fast, taut, communicative and powerful bass that they do produce, more than compensates in that area.
  • Recommended for: Tonal accuracy, fast and lithe dynamics and taut powerful bass. At the price there are very few if any rivals.
 

 

ATC - What Hi-Fi Awards 2013 - Best standmounter £800-£1500

ATC SCM 11

ATC - What Hi-Fi Awards 2013 - Best standmounter £800-£1500
  • Best standmounter £800-£1200, Awards 2014
  • “The new SCM11s are a drastic improvement over an already talented performance,  and they have the good looks to match. ATC has raised the bar it set itself.  This isn’t just a step up – it’s a running leap.” 
 

ATC - What Hi-Fi Awards 2013 - Best standmounter £800-£1500

ATC - What Hi-Fi Awards 2013 - Best standmounter £800-£1500

ATC SCM 11

ATC - What Hi-Fi Awards 2013 - Best standmounter £800-£1500
  • Best standmounter £800-£1500, Awards 2013
  • ATC has struck gold again. These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price
  • These speakers manage to knit everything into a cohesive, musical whole.
  • The whole frequency range is superbly controlled. Nothing we did could wrong-foot these speakers, which remain composed no matter how hard we pushed. 
  • And the trait we like the most about the original SCM11s – their natural, balanced sound – is here, too. Whatever we feed the speakers, the sound comes out uncoloured and uncorrupted.
 
ATC - StereoMojo review

ATC SCM 11

ATC - StereoMojo review
  • "It’s ultimately that sense of clarity and transparency that makes these speakers so intriguing; it’s like staring at something either incredibly beautiful or profane that you almost feel guilty looking at but just can’t turn away from!"
  • "They have a way of laying bare the essence of a musical performance or recording through sheer lack of editorializing."
  • "Absolute truth or enhanced beauty?  Only you can (and should) decide...  But if truth is your goal, I haven’t experienced a better speaker to provide it than the Version 2 of ATC’s SCM 11."
 
ATC SCM 11 - HiFi Wigwan review cover

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - HiFi Wigwan review
  • “This is a reflection of how effortlessly revealing the SCM11 is...”
  • "This speaker is capable of communicating the message in the music to a greater degree than virtually all the competition at the price… I suggest that you listen to a pair of ATCs, if it’s this pair all the better because you’ll struggle to find more musical thrill power for your money elsewhere."
 
ATC SCM 11 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2013"

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2013"
  • "Class B (Restricted LF) Recommended Components 2013"
  • The ATC SCM 11 is a fully-ready-for-prime-time loudspeaker with excellent resolution and dynamics, etc., but, even more important, the ability to create musical involvement. I intended to listen to just one track's worth of Gregorian chant from Consortium Vocale Oslo's Exaudium Eum (SACD, 2L 2L43SACD), and ended up listening to the whole thing. What more can I say? What I can't say is whether the SCM 11 will be the ideal speaker for you. 
  • Compared to the Aerial Acoustics Model 5B, the SCM 11 provided similarly well-controlled bass, but had a more articulate upper midrange, slightly wider soundstage, and better dynamics. (Vol.32 No.12 Read Review Online)
 
ATC SCM 11 AudioVideo (Poland) review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 AudioVideo (Poland) review
  •  The sound has a thick consistency, and the bass rumblings are firmly and clearly marked. It makes no room for any coloration. We are dealing here with a surprisingly stable bass given the dimensions of the speakers.
  • The sound is all the time a very neutral, yet very spontaneous. 
  •  I like this brand, I like the sound. It is a studio element, characteristic grain known for expensive, high-end devices. This dynamic, this eager spontaneity, and this detail and pitch-diameter. I hope for more such speakers.
 
ATC SCM 11 - The Absolute Sound review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - The Absolute Sound review
  •  "None of the competitors are able to convey the sound of instruments in the 6th symphonies of Mahler with such precise accuracy or untangle the complicated maze of music by Radiohead Electioneering in such a casual ease. That is, in general, that's all. This is truly a great speaker. Do not buy anything for the money without trying first SCM 11. Dynamic and detailed, allowing ATC to reveal all its wort.

 
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ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - Sonic Flare (Los Angeles) review
  • “If you can call transparency, detail and dynamics a house sound, the SCM11s are ATC all the way. It’s easy to think upon first listen that ATCs are tilted towards higher frequencies and a little lean-sounding, but this is largely a trick of their transparency and accuracy. There’s no mid-bass bloat or overhang, and no coloration that passes for warmth. They also fill out over time -- as I’ve found with the 20-2s, bass response improved after 100 hours or so of use.”
  • "Can you name another company that manufactures its own drivers, amps, and preamps, creates custom designs for large installations and is a fixture in mixing studios throughout the world? Whether active or passive, you’re buying into unique engineering prowess if you go ATC." (Robert Learner Reviews the ATC SCM 11s)
 
ATC SCM 11 AUDIO review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 AUDIO review
  • The ATC  SCM11 punishes prejudices about closed cabinet and it offers excellent 104 dB maximum SPL and 46 Hz draft. 
  • If I had to choose (between PMC DB1 i, KEF Q 300, Klipsch RB-81 II), I would personally take ATC: Rarely, the precision of a monitor and the vocal beauty of a high-end speakers were united so perfectly.
  • Outstanding acoustic transparency of the small monitor: No matter with which music genre you confronted them: their impressively neutral and sensational natural resolution ran like a red thread through the hearing test.
  • In the bass, the ATC is just mainly on precision.
  • Measurements: Balanced, slightly sloping towards higher frequencies, very low distortion even in the bass
 
ATC SCM 19 - techradar review

ATC SCM 11

ATC - Techradar 5 Stars
  • "A very fine little speaker that's at its best with good, natural recordings where it adds little and reveals much"
  • Very high levels of detail
  • Admirably neutral tonality
  • Surprisingly extended in the bass
  • Good imaging
 
ATC SCM 11 - What Hi-Fi Group test winner

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - What Hi-Fi Group test winner
ATC SCM 11 - What Hi-Fi Group test winner
 
ATC SCM 11 - HiFi Choice review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - HiFi Choice review
  • "There's a lot of detail there, but we weren't entirely prepared for the amount the SCM11s revealed. Nor were we at all expecting the bass drum to have so much weight."
  • "Piano possessed considerable weight, but also great clarity and definition, and even scale. In recordings of voice and piano both retained their individual character and avoided getting in each other's way"
  • Very high levels of detail and admirably neutral tonality, open in the treble and surprisingly extended in the bass. Good imaging too.
 
ATC SCM 11 - SalonAV review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - HiFi Choice review
  • Despite the extremely low sensitivity, the playback is completely devoid of dynamic compression. The transition from the track, where the delicate piano sounded on the track, when already has a drum set, each time striking dynamic contrast ratio.
  • The ATC acoustics easily transfers such murderous dose of power while maintaining high intelligibility and naturalness of the harmonic sound.
  • They totally let go of the sound itself, there is no hint of binding. The scene a little wider and deeper than that of the other speakers, and focuses so clearly that it is possible to distinguish even the voices of the choir, recorded in the temple with a high arches (in such phonograms usually dominates the reflected sound).
 
ATC SCM 11 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review
ATC SCM 11 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review
  • Interestingly midbass driver implementing CLD technology to suppress the third harmonic in the midrange. Protective cap is designed as a soft dome with a diameter of 45 mm (reminds of a dome midrange transducer). The voice coil is wound flat OFC wire. Massive magnetic system theme is optimized for linear operation with a large amplitude of the moving system.
  • Acoustics has a massive sound with warm and, I would say, too dark tonal balance. 
  • Mids encouraging human, rich tone. 
  • Bass here, or rather midbass, this leads to the leadership of acoustics in the category of "big sound from small speakers."
  • Response model is quite flat, though the mids are gentle decline with the center in the region of 2-3 kHz. The top as well decently swamped. 
  • The lower frequency limit of 50 Hz. This is a super figure in view of the closed design! As CED, the distortion level is below 1% up to 40 Hz, after which it begins to rise sharply. Very low THD in the midrange speakers. 
 
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 7/2012 
ATC SCM 11: "stunning all-rounder" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Hugely rewarding and talented speakers, with many well-deserved awards."

   
   
Hi-Fi News 
Magazine 10/2011 
ATC SCM 11: Sound Quality: 73%

The most notable aspect of the ATC SCM 11 is its low colouration and high tonal neutrality, says Hi-Fi News, who describe its sound as being an acquired taste. They also noticed that it was the least efficient speaker in their test group when it came to converting volts into sound pressure. Hence, they recommend pairing it with a powerful amp if you're hoping to play loud music.

   
   
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 9/2010 
ATC SCM 11: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

"... It's simply and almost solely the strength of the EB2s that hurts the SCM11s ... if you're shopping on your local high street, the ATC SCM11 speakers remain the best - and still hugely satisfying."

   
   
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 6/2009 
Place 1 out of 6
ATC SCM 11: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Group Test Winner"

Some might describe them as ugly, but in the last couple of years no other speaker has given such accomplished and inspired performance. ATC's SCM11 speakers win this Group Test for their natural and beautiful sound. Their only limitation is partnership with a comparable amp.

Tested with: Roksan Kandy TR-5 - B&W CM5 - Ruark Audio Sabre III - Spendor S3/5R - Dynaudio DM 2/10

   
   
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 11/2008 
Place 1 out of 6
ATC SCM 11: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Group Test Winner"

Although their looks may be divisive, they deliver a clear and detailed performance, leaving no stone unturned in representing every instrument and tone. What Hi-Fi warns that they'll need a powerful amp to get the best out of them but these are some of the most honest and transparent speakers out there at this price.

Tested with: B&W 684 - Dynaudio Excite X16 - KEF iQ70 - Mordaunt-Short Mezzo 6 - Tannoy Revolution Signature DC6T

   
   
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 2/2008 
Place 1 out of 6
ATC SCM 11: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Group Test Winner"

"Though it may sound like a cliché, honesty really is the best policy, and none are better at it than the SCM11s."

Tested with: Neat Acoustics Motive 2 - Monitor Audio RS8 - Jamo C803 - Wharfedale Opus2-M1

   
   
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 
Magazine 11/2006 
Place 1 out of 4
ATC SCM 11: "excellent" (5 out of 5 stars)

"Group Test Winner"

"The ATCs set a sky-high standard for the rest of this group to try and match."

Tested with: Dynaudio Focus 110 - Triangle Altea Esw - Acoustic Energy AE1 Classic

   
   
AUDIO 
Magazine 5/2011 
Place 1 out of 4
ATC SCM 11: Sound rating: 83 points

Price / performance: "very good"

"Plus: Very neutral, high-resolution, yet silky box with more room illumination and dry bass."

Tested with: PMC DB1i - Klipsch RB 81 Mk2 - KEF Q300

 

ATC SCM 7 - Hifi Pig verdict

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hifi Pig review
  • “I’ve not written a long review for a change. This one is short and sweet – just like the 7s. Combine the imaging of the old Proac Tablettes, the surprising bass of a Totem One and the enthusiasm of an old AE1. Each of these speakers is renowned for having a special and memorable characteristic. The diminutive ATC SCM7 seems to possess a good measure of each. It’s one of those speakers that is so addictive and so unassuming that I think I’m going to have to buy a pair. They are like the cutest animal in the litter – the one you simply have to take home. Over time their musical consistency, honesty and downright practicality are simply undeniable. The thought of being without them has me reaching for a tissue.”
    • Pros: Emphatic, transparent, detailed presentation. Solid imaging and strong dynamics. Great build.
    • Cons: At this price, nothing.
  • Ful review
  • Designer's comments
 

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner
  • Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner: With a powerful amplifier, a smooth source and properly positioned, ATC’s SCM7 is capable of a wonderful flowing musicality that gets into the groove like no other here. In a well-matched system, you will be amazed at its rhythmic and dynamic alacrity.
  • The ATC brings its own unique skill set to the party, and does things none of the others here can. It is tight, taut, rhythmic, propulsive, expressive and unerringly musical. More than any other speaker
    here it gives you the sense that music is foremost an emotional experience.
  • It’s the high quality, small and sealed cabinet that does it; it doesn’t store any energy and has no bass port to huff and puff, and the result is that bass transients are lightning-fast with no overhang.
  • Piano has a solidity of tone that you can’t not love, and fl utes and fl ugelhorns have a simple purity that’s only available when there’s no cabinet joining in the party. Even with a relatively light bass, jazz sounds gloriously propulsive, the listener getting their rhythm cues elsewhere. Bliss.
  • The most musically convincing here, but you’ll need a serious system to drive it. A worthy winner
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile "The Fifth Element #83"

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile "The Fifth Element #83"
  • It was immediately apparent from the first application (at a moderately but not insanely high volume) of the Irrational! But Efficacious disc's "Full Glide Tone," which begins at 5Hz (!), that the SCM7 was, for its size, bombproof. The woofer's excursions at subsonic frequencies were just plain huge. And while no sound emerged, the lack of sounds of distress or mechanical noises was most impressive.
  • The SCM7 deftly handled the "Channel Identification" and "Channel Phasing" tracks ofStereophile's Test CD 2 (Stereophile STPH004-2). Image specificity was excellent, and the difference between the in- and out-of-phase segments was as great as I've ever heard.
  • The SCM7 offered pinpoint imaging. "Easy to Love," from Ella Fitzgerald's The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume Two (CD, Verve 821 990-2), was a prime example
  • The ATC SMC7 v.3 is an extremely competitive entry in the British Shoebox Monitor sweepstakes. That it's made in the UK by a company known for making professional monitors, and has first-class fit'n'finish and addictively engaging musicality, are strong arguments in its favor.
  • Well done, indeed, and highly recommended. I look forward to the arrival of ATC's SCM19. John Marks - The Fifth Element #83
 

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review
  • SCM7 no doubt they are the best speakers in the test. They have the best bass, middle and top, and the individual parts of the band are perfectly bonded together to form an inseparable whole. Columns are actually incredibly consistent, did not allow for figuring out where the range begins and where it ends. 
  • Coming back to the lower range, I have to say that, despite the apparent moderation, but not thinness, ATC, if only they hit the appropriate recording, can utter a pretty hearty, full sound. Bass sounds great on them - you can admire this instrument. It's a blast, but a lot of detail about the work of the strings, fingers, distortion
  • Well you can hear the room in which the musicians are playing, whether damped "dead" studio, where the walls are lined with a thick layer of felt, creating an anechoic chamber or in the living room acoustically, where reflections from the walls of creation by the atmosphere of the recording. Such differences SCM7 communicate well.
  • Speakers playing very consistent, very clear signal from the amplifier. Quite unusual resolution of bass and midrange.
 
ATC SCM 7 AUDIO review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 AUDIO review
ATC SCM 7 AUDIO review
 
ATC SCM 7 HiFi Choice (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 HiFi Choice (Poland) review
  • They are small, cheap, easy to set up and offer excellent sound - ATC SCM 7 is the perfect speaker for small spaces.
  • Low tones surprise with their suppleness and elasticity. Hitting the strings of a bass guitar on the track "The Man forms of the Planet of Marzipan" of the Marillion band was fast and accurate, free from any resonant reverbs.
  • What we perceive as an abundance of low-frequencies is mostly their coloration distortion. It is heard best on the example of foot percussion - the "seventh" ATC system is a quick "shot" (full and fleshy, and not - as you might think - dry and barren) and almost immediately returns to the starting point; nothing rumbles, nothing drags.
 

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi News reviewATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi News review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi News review
  • Turning to the ATCs and rehearing the Kreisler CD, both the studio's own character and that of the solo fiddle - especially ita harmonics just before the guitar and bass come in - were more natural.
  • In fact the SCM7s moved confortably ahead of the group. They could take high levels without strain, timbres were consistently more truthful and timig was excellet.
  • Jff Beck's claim that "You shook me" encompased "probably the ruddest sound sever recorded" was simply laughed aside by the ATCs.
  • Despite it's hunger for power, the little nipper from ATCwalks smartly away with the blue ribbon. The SCM 7 wins for its smooth , well-timed delivery and the sheer convenience of size.
 
ATC SCM 7 Enjoy the Music review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 Enjoy the Music review
  • Here's my quick and dirty sonic description of the SCM7 speaker; it combines the dynamic agility of the Thiel PCM monitor with the harmonic suavity of the Aerial Acoustics model 5.
  • In a nearfield environment your ears will cry uncle long before the speakers begin to exhibit any signs of audible distress.
  • The ATC SCM7 does a very credible job of throwing up a cohesive three-dimensional soundfield. On phase-coherent recordings such as my own live concert CDs of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra the ATC speakers deliver a remarkably accurate picture of the entire orchestra on stage to the point where I can even discern the different seating heights between the woodwinds and horns.
  • They are among the most dynamically satisfying small-footprint desktop monitors I've ever heard. In terms of fit, finish, and overall performance they keep up with speakers that are nearly twice their price. But the SCM7's are not merely high-value speakers. They are so good that even folks who could pay far more for a desktop speaker will discover that $1200 will purchase speakers that are all they could ever want.
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review
ATC SCM 7 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review
  • ATC SCM7's first second surprise: the sound of this magnitude is difficult to expect from these speakers. Such a foundation and a low-key confidence even more. After a minute surprise dissipates. Left alone with a warm, confident sound. 
  • With high, but not a champion resolution where formal sounds are in perfect balance with the musicianship. So, monitors and music: how deep is ATC capable for this dive? What we see on the surface, almost perfectly: this restraint and style. British style.
  • Frequency response curve of this system is very smooth, without any serious attacks. Mids barely noticeable ahead of the rest of the sensitivity range. 
  • For low frequencies the sensitivity of smooth descent - the lower frequency limit is one of the best in the test. 
 
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Magazine 10/2011 
Place 2 out of 4

ATC SCM 7: Price / performance: "very good"

"The little ATC is the most worthy successor to the legendary BBC boxes for me: a fine near-fields with the highest precision and transparency. You do not even try to feign size or playing effect emphasized. If you like the unexcited listening with rather small figure, you will love the ATC. With it, you can spend hours listening to music, to be stressed out without a second."

Tested with: ProAc Tablette Anniversary - PSB Imagine Mini - Dali Zensor 1

 
 
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