I’m surprised to hear people think of ATC as ‘harsh’ ‘forward’ or ‘in your face’
I think I’m rather sensitive to however you want to word the above.
I was worried about other peoples experiences when I was offered a pair of 100’s
I also went to a local dealer to hear a pair of 50a’s as he didn’t have a pair of 100’s at the time, (DNA audio in Otley),. He had them set up on naim streamer it sounded great, not fatiguing at all yet excellent detail. I finally decided on the 100’s and worried about getting them home and them not working well with my gear, again the most controlled pair of speakers I’ve ever had in my room.