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Firochromis
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ATC Users

Hi all, I'm considering to buy SCM19 of the ATC. Unlike the most of the ATC's this beauty is for home usage and a passive speaker. I'll drive this speaker with an AVR until I can afford an appropriate stereo amplification system (a few months). In the specifications of the speaker, an amplification power of 50-300W is recommended. Well, already most of the amplifiers are in that range I think.

My room is a rectangular shaped 15*12 feet (4.5m*3.5m)with the hi-fi and HT systems placed in the middle of the longer side. The distance between the main speakers is 8ft (2.5m) if necessary I listen mostly classical but also rock and jazz.

Should I consider a pre/power combo for this speaker or some integrated like Creek Destiny would be enough?

Any user comments?

Regards...

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Re: ATC Users

I've heard ATC speakers, though not a user. I've also seen some ATC models with very low sensitivity. This simply means that they need more powerful amps to produce the same volume level as a more sensitive speaker.

If ATC is recommending a minimum of 50 watts, that suggests to me that they are low in sensitivity. Many speakers recommend minimums of 15 watts, for example.

Your room is small (so is mine) and you would be listening in the nearfield and would probably be OK around the 50 watt minimum if you don't like to rock the joint. Whether you go with an integrated or pre/amp combination is not really a big deal provided the pre and amp mate well and allow you to drive the amp at full power. At budget levels, I would probably opt for an integrated. You can usually get more bang for your buck when the manufacturer can cut the cost of another chasis and design the integrated with better quality parts instead.

I saw your previous entry and thought all the amps you were considering would be up to the task. Even the Primaluna at 35 watts would probably work if you don't like your music loud. The benefit of low sensitivity speakers in a nearfield listening situation is reduced audible speaker hiss. At low to moderate volumes, the Primaluna would probably mate fine and any inherent noise from the amp would likely be benign with low sensitivity speakers.

I guess the questions would be, how loud do you like to listen and just how sensitive are the ATC models you are considering...along with are they 4 or 8 ohm speakers?

If you can post the actual speaker specs, we could probably offer a bit more advice.

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Re: ATC Users

Hi Monty, thank you very much four your comment. I'm listening at low to moderate volumes. Integrated amplifier for this room is just ok I think. If the room size gets bigger in the future, I can add a power amplifier maybe.

This is the specs of the speaker:

Drivers : HF 25mm Neodynium, Mid/LF 150mm
Matched Response : +/- 0.5dB
Frequency Response (-6dB) : 54Hz-22kHz
Dispersion :

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