Should probably add the Buchardts to my shortlist. Seem to have a strong following.
I'm not convinced they'll be in the same league as the ATCs (?) but I'm always happy to be proved wrong.
I have the A500s and also looked at the scm20 actives. I didn’t ge5 a home auction but a mate has a pair fed by Chord TT that have heard a lot. They are great and have that AtV house sound and delivery which is stunning. However they are more than twice the price of the A500s, have half their power, and most importantly donnt really get beyond 50-60hz for that low end authority, where the Buchardts head far lower in the registers. Neither do they have the adjustments with room correction Timon and master tunings that the Buchardts can so so well to customize sound fir your room.
But they still sound inherently right and never give sense of not having a cast iron grip on the music whatever the levels
ultimately by the time you have added a suitable c
DAC n pre, you are in a £10k+ spend class way above the Buchardts, which as AIO, have everything in the box. I’d just want more bottom end at that price.
But I also do love the ATC sound.
the A500 45 day home buy n try deal is bulletproof. There was no way mine were going back.
however now I would be looking ar the a500 SEs with purity drivers.
i also suggest you look at the Dynaudio active range of speakers that blend that studio monitor sound with domestic livability.