Like Adding Three Monoblock Amplifiers to Your Loudspeaker: Powerful, Extensively Revealing ATC SCM40a Active Towers Play with Iron-Fisted Control, Sublime Delicacy, Supreme Resolution
What happens if you add tri-amplification to the ATC SCM40 v2, one of the most accurate, insightful tower loudspeakers made in its class? Jaws drop. Hips move. Toes tap. Senses awaken. Music playback becomes real in ways you never thought possible in your home. Providing 150W to the woofer, 60W to the midrange, and 32W to the tweeter, ATC's in-house-made amplifiers turn the SCM40a active tower loudspeakers into world-beating instruments that give you ultimate convenience (just add a preamp and source) and borderline-magical sonics. The powered version of SCM40 v2, SCM40a further improves on its sibling by both lessening what's required to drive it – and providing you everything you need right in the speaker. SCM40a offers both iron-fisted control when required but also plays with delicacy when situations call for it. And it gets better: ATC inserts the Class A/B amplifiers after the crossover, eliminating any need for a sound-degrading filter network between the amp and drivers. The result: Immensely increased power as well as in-the-moment immediacy, palpable solidity, and self-assured grip. This all comes on top of award-winning performance.
"If you want a pair of speakers that play really loudly without turning hard or edgy these would be an excellent choice. At higher levels their punch is deeply impressive, as is their depth and power at low frequencies. Consider us smitten."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
So, how exhaustively revealing and see-through clear are the sonorously musical SCM40a? Enough that we think they should actually come with a warning informing listeners that they're about to expose so much detail, information, texture, and depth from their recordings, that they might change their opinions on the production on some of their most beloved recordings. Benefitting from in-house-made tweeters, 75mm soft-dome midrange drivers, and 164mm bass drivers exclusive to ATC designs, the staggeringly insightful SCM40a plays with wall-to-wall openness and pinpoint precision. If it's in the recording, SCM40a will lay it out on a tremendously wide soundstage. All the good, and, if it's there, anything else. They're that special. Boasting reference-setting coherency and seamless integration between the driver and midrange, these tremendously powerful instruments also deliver prodigious bass and astonishing attack. Backed by a six-year manufacturer's warranty, tower loudspeakers in this price range don't come any more transparent or confident. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"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."
&ndash ;Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio
"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."
A Proud Tradition of Breathtaking Coherence, Astonishing Clarity, and In-House Build
Found in many of the world's finest recording studios and soundstages, and used by dozens of the most acclaimed producers and engineers in the music and film industries, ATC loudspeakers claim an unparalleled reputation. Focused on applying supreme engineering to proven audio principles, the tradition-minded British company produces English-made speakers revered for their revealing nature, astonishing clarity, and exceptional balance. Tested and assembled in-house, its famous drivers and tweeters are exclusive to ATC – you won't find them on any other brand. And unlike most manufacturers, ATC still constructs midrange domes to supply breathtaking coherence. The rest of the rationale follows: If ATC is good enough for studio pros such as the late Doug Sax and superstar artists like the Rolling Stones, they're good enough for you.
A Few of the Musicians, Producers, and Engineers That Listen With ATC
Beck, Kate Bush, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Diana Krall, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Petty, Sting, Roger Waters, and Jack White. These world-famous artists are just a handful of the household-name musicians that listen with ATC. Perhaps they're taking a page from many of the most in-demand engineers and producers that depend on ATC to create timeless works of art. Industry professionals such as Michael Bishop, T Bone Burnett, James Guthrie, Bob Ludwig, Gavin Lurssen, Max Martin, George Massenburg, Alan Moulder, Shawn Murphy, and Fred Vogler all rely on ATC to hear every last detail.
Found in Many of the Finest Recording Studios and Soundstages
The list of studios and soundstages that rely on ATC to perform vital functions is too long to document here. But we're certain you'll likely recognize the likes of ABKCO (New York), Air (London), Alchemy Mastering (London), DTS (Calabassas), East West Studios (Los Angeles), Front Stage (Nashville), Paramount Studios (Hollywood), Sony Music Studios (New York), Third Man Records (Nashville), and Warner Bros. (Burbank) as further evidence of ATC's prowess and stature among those whose livelihood depends on great sound.