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ATC SCM 11 - Best standmount speaker
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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
 
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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 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.
 

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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 SIACD & SCM 11 - Hi-Fi Choice review

ATC SCM 11 & SIACD

ATC SIACD & SCM 11 - Hi-Fi Choice review
ATC SIACD & SCM 11 - Hi-Fi Choice review
 
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 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review
ATC SCM 11 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review
 
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)
 
ATC SCM 11 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2012"

ATC SCM 11

ATC SCM 11 - Stereophile "Class A Recommended Components 2012"
  • "Class B (Restricted LF) Recommended Components 2012"
 
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&apos;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

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ATC SCM 11 Features:

ATC SCM 11 Dome tweeter ATC SCM 11 midbass
ATC SCM 11 drivers

Specifications

Drivers: HF 25mm ATC Neodymium, Mid/LF 150mm ATC CLD
Matched Response: ±0.5dB
Frequency Response (-6dB): 56Hz-22kHz
Dispersion: ±80° Coherent Horizontal, ±10° Coherent Vertical
Sensitivity: 85dB @ 1W @ 1metre
Max SPL: 108dB
Crossover Frequency: 2.2kHz
Connectors : Binding Posts/ 4mm Plugs, bi-wire
Recommended Amplifier Power75-300 Watts
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Cabinet Dimensions (HxWxD): 381 x 232 x 236 mm
Weight: 10.9kg

 
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