THE revamp – or rather, upgrade – of the ATC line of passive, hi-fi loudspeakers continues with the stand-mount SCM19 and floorstanding SCM40, both now into their second iteration. In August, ATC had launched the new versions of the compact SCM7 and SCM11 monitors.
As in the smaller models, the immediately obvious feature is the new cabinet with curved sides, a trend, it appears; certainly, the new shape gives the speakers a fresh look compared with the traditional enclosures of the previous version. Not all, however, may approve, but that’s another story.
Other new features are the new SH25-76 25mm tweeter fully designed and built by ATC, along with updated bass/mid drivers and crossovers housed in the sealed enclosure.
According to the ATC literature, the new tweeter employs a “unique dual suspension system suppressing rocking modes even at high power output levels. The ATC configuration of a short edge-wound voice coil in a long, narrow magnetic gap ensures exceptionally low distortion throughout its operating band and removes the need for ferro-fluids, which can dry out over time, compromising performance.”
The new cabinet, says ATC, is an acoustic and aesthetic improvement over the older one, and available real cherry or black ash veneer. Both models feature a metal grille finished in anthracite grey that is affixed to the cabinet via hidden magnets – the grilles are designed to be acoustically transparent.
The SCM19 and SCM40 are both manufactured in-house and backed by a six-year warranty. They will be shipping from Dec 16, so check with your region’s distributor or dealer for prices.