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  1. Hello everyone As some may know following my ATC specific thread I am seeking a stand mount speaker. I have just done a mega dealer shootout but no speaker won in every area and that’s the problem; picking a compromise. The challenge was to find a very revealing yet musical speaker that was not fatiguing. I compared Harbeth P3ESR, M30.2 XD, Rogers LS5/9, Proac DB3, ATC SCM11, Dali Rubicon, Marten Duke 2. Streamer/DAC was Auralic Altair G1 and amp was Marantz PM10. My favourites on the day were ATC SCM11, Proac DB3 and Harbeth M30.2 XD. The Proac had a slight edge for sounding detailed and open and slightly less fatiguing than the ATC. The ATC had most detail that resulted in some wonderful vocal and instrument renditions but was a little fatiguing. The M30,2 XD sounded great but had the most forward midrange, which was a real surprise, but had the best tone and the bass response was on par with the others. P3ESR sounded great but off the pace with detail. The Rogers L5/9 were really disappointing with a slow and cumbersome bass. Do the Rogers bear any relation to the sound of a Harbeth M30.1? The Harbeth M30.1 were my default go to speaker. But after about five hours of demo with only a short break my ears were shot. I brought the Proacs home but in my more revealing system (ARC and Benchmark) and brighter room they don’t work so well (dealers room was well damped and smaller). I need a bigger speaker so maybe the D2R or indeed the M30 or SCM11. Any thoughts on which speaker gives the detail without the fatigue longer term? And agile bass is very important to me and so the Rogers L5/9 are completely out - but does that mean that the Harbeth M30.1 are also out?
  2. Hello everyone I have some ATC SCM11 on home demo and whilst I am listening in my system it would be useful to get opinions from long term users as well especially what combinations of kit work well. My system is very revealing but smooth sounding. As I don’t have internet until next week I am using a MacBook Pro/Audirvana/Benchmark DAC2 playing downloaded and ripped FLAC albums as well as MP3 versions of the ripped albums. Amp are Audio Research SP17 (valve) and D130 (S/S). Speaker cables are Tellurium Black 2, Atlas Hyper 3.5 and Chord Sarsen. For the past four days I have been listening to QAcoustics 3020i and the combination was stunning. More detail, better textures, more smooth sound than I remember having at home in the main system. So far so good. I plugged in the ATCs and was initially underwhelmed. After all of the hype on here about ATC I was expecting a huge jump in quality over the £250 3020is. The ATCs don’t have much more detail and the extra detail isn’t revealing any more musical prowess it’s more about revealing ambient sounds and slightly better instrument detail but nobody seems to be playing better. I was expecting the ‘fast bass’ to make some musically meaningful entrance but not really. The ATCs are much less forgiving that the 3020i. My amp takes at least 2 hours to warm up and is a bit strident until then. No problem on the 3020i but a bit painful to listen on the SCM11. Now that four hours have passed the smoothness of the past few days has returned. But switching from listening to MP3s to FLAC of the same album ripped from the same album on the same ripper a bit of harshness has returned. I will persevere and listen more. Tonight I shall change cables to the Atlas (same as I have at home) and after a 12 hour warm up overnight shall have a listen again tomorrow. The ATCs remind me a little of my Neumanns; just the facts and not really emotive. The SHL5 and P3ESR are probably as detailed but draw me in more. The ATC midrange reminds me of a Yamaha NS10 where you can really hear the snare drum and it’s just what you want for mixing. But this isn’t mixing it listening. The thing is that with the QAcoustic 3020i I was gushing with praise on here about them but with the ATCs I am yet to be impressed by them. They had a tough act to follow. They might be technically better than the 3020i but are they more enjoyable? Not sure. Maybe Harbeth 30.1 is just what I need? To all of the ATC fans what am I missing? How have you optimised your setup?
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