ATC SCM 40A RECENZIJA V 13TH NOTE
Following concerted listening over a week I highlight the main sonic USPs in bold, as ever. The thing that smacks you in the face with these speakers first is the way music is exquisitely integrated and balanced. Like music you’d take to a desert island akin to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, these are really a pair of speakers that represent the best of what is easy to live with.
Ok so you sometimes risk credibility to sceptics by giving such positive praise. But I’ve no compunction flouting the praise of these speakers and being confident doing so, such is how shudderingly brilliant they are. Caliban’s Dream by Underworld on The London Olympics 2012 soundtrack sounds enveloping like nobodies business and the bass line reflects how realistic these speakers can be. Which is another strength by the way – their low articulating accuracy in bass.
But what these speakers also do is resolve incredibly well with detail. The equivalence of 20:20 vision in auditory terms would be these speakers. Neither with binoculars or a magnifying glass, just as things normally are and look…. Out comes Orbital’s test track I use – Attached on the Snivilisation album. There isn’t the same in your face pitch as with some high frequency adjusted speakers, but this high octane treble test track assesses electronic cymbals. Neither are they excessive or undeveloped, and come across assuringly in centre ground again.
As sure to that soul churning experience you get after listening to speakers of this quality, the pleasing mouth popping sound as you turn them off if the final peg of thinking, ‘God I want a pair’. 13th Note performers unhesitatingly and unflinchingly!
– Simon Price, 13th note
Product information: ATC SCM 40A