Being a died in the wool JJ Cale fan I don’t play Naturally [A&M] very often in a hi-fi auditioning context. This is a mistake for sure, as the playing defines ‘tight but loose’. It sounds so relaxed and easy but that’s only because the rhythm section is so locked into the groove that Cale himself can do whatever he wants. I don’t think I’ve ever really appreciated this aspect as well as I did here.
The ATC SCM7 is power hungry but delivers level in remarkably clean fashion, every time I used them the tendency to turn up the volume proved irresistible. This makes them easier to enjoy and more revealing of the detail in whatever you play, but it might not be so good for late night listening where the neighbours are concerned. I am, however, very impressed with this ATC and don’t think you will find a more solid and coherent speaker near the price, you need some good, clean power to achieve this but if you want a small box that can do an exceptional job it takes some beating.
Type: 2-way, two-driver stand-mount monitor with infinite baffle enclosure
Driver complement: One 25mm soft dome tweeter, one 125mm doped fabric mid-bass driver
Frequency response: 60Hz–22kHz
Crossover frequency: 2.5kHz (2nd order)
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Dimensions (H×W×D): 300 × 174 × 215mm
Finishes: Cherry veneer, satin black, satin white, black ash.
Price: £875 per pair
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