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ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - The Ear (UK) review
  • Small they maybe, but lightweight and flimsy they certainly are not, partly due to the 3.5kgs of the huge, underhung magnet system on the mid/bass unit with its 45mm voice coil.
  • The crossover network is worthy of note, employing as it does a second-order filter for both the low-pass and high-pass sections. The LF section also has an R-C Zobel network which corrects the bass unit’s rising impedance for the benefit of the low-pass network.
  • Live performances tended towards the sublime, with outstanding levels of inner detail revealed along with convincing spatial and three-dimensional details as in an enjoyable listen to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1953 and the Leonore Overture No.3, recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikvereinssaal back in June 1944.
  • With rock and pop, as well, the foot-tapping ability of the little SCM7s entertained with the likes of Cyndi Lauper’s studio album True Colours which revealed the speaker’s gravitas and richness thanks to a slight warmth through the middle registers.
  • I also obtained excellent results from the SCM7 when listening to them in the near-field, and closer than I would ordinarily even for a speaker of these dimensions, which reveals their studio monitor heritage.
  • Conclusion
    Addictive is the word I would use to describe the SCM7. I lived with them quite happily for many weeks and found them highly enjoyable whatever I asked them to do. The imaging prowess is impressive, the bass surprising given the size of sealed enclosure, and the get-up-and-go means they are endearing to music lovers with a variety of tastes. Their ability to deliver accurate speech reproduction was a huge bonus, but they will equally impress those constrained by size or price and can be highly recommended. In fact the price makes them a genuine bargain.
 
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ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi Critic (UK) review
  • I had been impressed by the sound of the SCM7 on a glancing visit to the ATC room at the February Bristol Show, so requested a sample pair. This experience did not prepare me for my reaction when I got them back to base, but first there’s a long history to this miniature...
  • Sound Quality From the off, if you close your eyes you would swear that this well balanced and informative sound came from a much larger and more costly example.
  • The natural timbres, clean high frequencies and spacious deep stereo images inform the listener well. Acoustically it disappears into a nicely formed soundstage. It is low in listener fatigue, likely due to the smooth frequency responses and low distortion.
  • Donald Fagan’s Morph the Cat (2006), here with expansive sound staging and rich, deep and tuneful basslines... Benson and Klugh on Collaboration showed a huge soundstage for the opening track and was imbued with a generous funk expressiveness. Further, Reinhard Goebel’s reading of Bach’s The Art of Fugue, on Archiv, was superbly atmospheric, revealing a finely focused delineation of the well balanced strong counterpoint scoring and natural sounding acoustic instruments.
  • Conclusions This is a remarkable loudspeaker on several grounds. Firstly build quality and finish are excellent. Then comes the monitor grade accuracy, excellent pair matching and the remarkable bass for the size, and then the low distortion. It sounds musical and entertaining and was a delight to review. Within the natural limitation of size it really is of musically revealing monitor quality.
 
ATC SCM 7 - HVT (Netherlands) reviewATC SCM 7 - HVT (Netherlands) reviewATC SCM 7 - HVT (Netherlands) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - HVT (Netherlands) review
  • What is immediately noticeable after the first tones is again that low end. The SCM7 knows how to produce much more bass than you would expect based on its dimensions.
  • The sound balance is balanced, complete and perfectly balanced. It produces more low than you expect, but never again than he can. As a result, this area sounds true to nature, clean and correct and above all very tight and fast.
  • During it listen to the audiophile classic Jazz at the Pawnshop, you are immediately back in that smoky atmosphere of the jazz club Stamping in Stockholm in the 1970s. Pretty low, but also a pure high and middle.
  • Much more attention is demanded by the stereo image that simply detaches from the speakers. Jazz combos or one not too great orchestral instrumentation sound perfect on one SCM7.
  • In summary The SCM7 is the smallest of the entire ATC package but offers really much more than you would suspect. This profile sketch is more often hung on small speakers but the SCM7 really has something special. The sound of the SCM7 is very balanced and true to nature, perhaps unique. No, the SCM7 is not an all-rounder, but what it does it does well and it never tries to do more than it can. I personally would support the sub find a desirable addition in the deepest layer. The SCM7 in combination with a well and properly tuned sub is in my view not to be sneezed at and many will be floor standing systems with a comparable price tag to play off the mat. It's quite a statement, I know, but I want to just indicate how good the SCM7 is.
 
ATC SCM 7 & SIA-100 & - Stereonet (UK) reviewATC SCM 7 & SIA-100 & - Stereonet (UK) reviewATC SCM 7 & SIA-100 & - Stereonet (UK) review

ATC SCM 7 & SIA-100

ATC SCM 7 & SIA-100 & - Stereonet (UK) review
  • SCM 7:
    • Rhythmic agility and tonal purity count here – and the little ATC has these in spades
    • The guitar work was marvellously sharp and vital, with the horns cutting through in a vibrant and visceral way. Further down the scale, and the bass sounded practically indestructible. Feed this little loudspeaker with Aura by Belfast-raised DJ duo Bicep, and you'll soon have the woofer dancing in and out athletically, showing its impressive excursion.
    • Massive Attack's Angel maintained its underlying menace thanks to the grumbling sub-bass work, without losing any clarity further up.
  • SIA2-100:
    • I  hooked up ATC's own SIA2-100 integrated amplifier to the SCM7s, with interesting results. I heard more immediacy in the midband – the already impressive imaging was even more dialled in and focused.
    • The guitar had a warm resonance and lifelike clarity, while Joni's high range vocals stayed sweet and bright without ever fatiguing the listener.
  • The standout feature of this system is its excellent handling of both the time and frequency domains. By this I mean it is rhythmically fast yet tonally smooth.
  • Factor in the fine soundstaging – where every aspect of the multi-layered mix was placed in space perfectly – and you have a serious-sounding system.
  • The ATC SIA2-100 amplifier and SCM7 loudspeaker combination is a compact system that punches way above its weight – indeed it has incredible presence given its small stature. This dinky duo is tonally balanced, rhythmically articulate and has precise stereo imaging too.
  • You will be treated to textured low-frequencies delivered with conviction and realism, a midband of clarity and focus, and smooth yet mustard-keen tweeter.
 
ATC SCM 7, SIA-100 & CD2 - Gramophone (UK) review

ATC SCM 7, SIA-100 & CD2

ATC SCM 7, SIA-100 & CD2 - Gramophone (UK) review
  • The drivers are of ATC’s own design, the 25mm soft-dome tweeter having an alloy waveguide to control dispersion and the 12.5cm mid/bass unit having an integral version of the company’s famous soft mid-range dome. They may be tiny but they still weigh 7.5kg apiece.
  • Balance and focus are just what this system has, whether playing CDs or streaming music via a computer – or, as in this case, from the Melco N100 also reviewed this month as well as my usual Mac mini.
  • Even more surprising is that the SCM7 speakers, driven by the SIA2-100amplifier, deliver not just fine detail and a solid stereo image but also powerful bass way beyond what one might expect from enclosures so small. There’s real texture and conviction down there, too, making orchestral double basses and the left hand of a pianist equally striking.
  • Above all, it’s the integration of this set-up that’s its most appealing aspect. The drivers in the SCM7 work together seamlessly, the amplifier has more than enough power, control and definition to ensure they behave themselves without holding back on musical flow and even the CD player makes a very strong case for the continued existence of the silver disc.
  • Buy it for its solidity, its style or even the ‘all made in Britain’ thing: however you look at this ATC system, it’s remarkable value for money.
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereoplay (Germany) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereoplay (Germany) review
  • SCM 7:
    "Very good" (68 out of 100 points)
    Price / Performance: "very good"
  • Breathtaking clarity that would make even the best of the small British guilds envy. Astonishingly, even in the near field, a real spatial feeling of depth and of breathing instruments set in instead of a series of small mono-sound sources.
  • Almost magically she projected Christy Baron's breathy voice in "Mercy Street" in the listening room and followed even with the slightest listening level of every musical and tonal fineness with care and thoughtfulness and remained wonderfully musical and coherent.
  • Despite its quantitative limits one of the finest small monitors of our day.
  • "A dream monitor for quiet and near field listeners. It sounds ultimate balanced, silky-transparent and deep spatially."
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2017ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2017

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2017
  • Stereophile "Class C (Restriced LF) Recommended Components 2017"
  • ATC's entry-level model is a small (11.8" H by 7.9" W by 9" D), two-way, stand-mounted speaker with a 1" soft-dome tweeter and a 5" mid/woofer. Unlike previous ATC models, the SCM v.3 has side panels that curve toward the rear, and its drivers are now flush-mounted in a fully veneered front panel.
  • The SCM v.3 produced an engaging overall sound marked by pinpoint imaging, excellent detail retrieval, and well-extended highs, said JM.
  • This British minimonitor "will sound best when the listener sits relatively close to it." (Vol.37 Nos.2 & 4 WWW)
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016
  • Stereophile "Class C (Restriced LF) Recommended Components 2016"
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2015

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile - Stereophile's Editors Choice of 2016
  • Stereophile "Class C (Restriced LF) Recommended Components 2015"
 

ATC SCM 7 - Hifi Pig verdict

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hifi Pig review
  • “I’ve not written a long review for a change. This one is short and sweet – just like the 7s. Combine the imaging of the old Proac Tablettes, the surprising bass of a Totem One and the enthusiasm of an old AE1. Each of these speakers is renowned for having a special and memorable characteristic. The diminutive ATC SCM7 seems to possess a good measure of each. It’s one of those speakers that is so addictive and so unassuming that I think I’m going to have to buy a pair. They are like the cutest animal in the litter – the one you simply have to take home. Over time their musical consistency, honesty and downright practicality are simply undeniable. The thought of being without them has me reaching for a tissue.”
    • Pros: Emphatic, transparent, detailed presentation. Solid imaging and strong dynamics. Great build.
    • Cons: At this price, nothing.
  • Ful review
  • Designer's comments
 

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner
  • Hi-Fi Choice Group Test Winner: With a powerful amplifier, a smooth source and properly positioned, ATC’s SCM7 is capable of a wonderful flowing musicality that gets into the groove like no other here. In a well-matched system, you will be amazed at its rhythmic and dynamic alacrity.
  • The ATC brings its own unique skill set to the party, and does things none of the others here can. It is tight, taut, rhythmic, propulsive, expressive and unerringly musical. More than any other speaker here it gives you the sense that music is foremost an emotional experience.
  • It’s the high quality, small and sealed cabinet that does it; it doesn’t store any energy and has no bass port to huff and puff, and the result is that bass transients are lightning-fast with no overhang.
  • Piano has a solidity of tone that you can’t not love, and fl utes and fl ugelhorns have a simple purity that’s only available when there’s no cabinet joining in the party. Even with a relatively light bass, jazz sounds gloriously propulsive, the listener getting their rhythm cues elsewhere. Bliss.
  • The most musically convincing here, but you’ll need a serious system to drive it. A worthy winner
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile "The Fifth Element #83"

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereophile "The Fifth Element #83"
  • It was immediately apparent from the first application (at a moderately but not insanely high volume) of the Irrational! But Efficacious disc's "Full Glide Tone," which begins at 5Hz (!), that the SCM7 was, for its size, bombproof. The woofer's excursions at subsonic frequencies were just plain huge. And while no sound emerged, the lack of sounds of distress or mechanical noises was most impressive.
  • The SCM7 deftly handled the "Channel Identification" and "Channel Phasing" tracks ofStereophile's Test CD 2 (Stereophile STPH004-2). Image specificity was excellent, and the difference between the in- and out-of-phase segments was as great as I've ever heard.
  • The SCM7 offered pinpoint imaging. "Easy to Love," from Ella Fitzgerald's The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume Two (CD, Verve 821 990-2), was a prime example
  • The ATC SMC7 v.3 is an extremely competitive entry in the British Shoebox Monitor sweepstakes. That it's made in the UK by a company known for making professional monitors, and has first-class fit'n'finish and addictively engaging musicality, are strong arguments in its favor.
  • Well done, indeed, and highly recommended. I look forward to the arrival of ATC's SCM19. John Marks - The Fifth Element #83
 
ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review
ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi i Muzyka review
 

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo 2014 (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo 2014 (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review
  •  The tonal balance "sevens" is close to ideal. These monitorki play exceptionally neutral and natural. It captivates color consistency across a critical range in diameter. The vocals and instruments are so free, so uninhibited that doubt arises, and even confusion: why so truly and seamlessly vast majority is not much more expensive speakers? 
  • The biggest surprise, however, was the low range of the band. With its low efficiency, its extension is surprisingly good. Closed housing provides audible benefits in terms of definition and clarity of bass. No bold and virtually no coloration. The bass is subjectively much more even than the other monitors, which - as you know - often raise the average or higher sub-band. Probably also due to the fact that there is no boost, bass perceive as going down below, more extended.
  • SCM7 delicious exercise in the classics, especially on early music and small ensemblach. Allow you to "feel" of musicians playing instruments taste without thinking about whether the wording is something missing or not. Putting harmonics is hard to beat at this exceptional price.
  • New SCM7 monitors are great for small spaces, indeed anywhere where you do not need high volume levels. The fullness and naturalness - despite whatever limited bass - are huge advantages and distinguishing features of these kits. Audiophiles seeking speakers of this type, yet considering the purchase of other structures in the same price range (eg. KEF LS50 s) should take a deep breath and be sure to listen to ATC. This is a mandatory candidate on the list of purchasing.
 

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 AudioVideo (Poland) review
  • SCM7 no doubt they are the best speakers in the test. They have the best bass, middle and top, and the individual parts of the band are perfectly bonded together to form an inseparable whole. Columns are actually incredibly consistent, did not allow for figuring out where the range begins and where it ends. 
  • Coming back to the lower range, I have to say that, despite the apparent moderation, but not thinness, ATC, if only they hit the appropriate recording, can utter a pretty hearty, full sound. Bass sounds great on them - you can admire this instrument. It's a blast, but a lot of detail about the work of the strings, fingers, distortion
  • Well you can hear the room in which the musicians are playing, whether damped "dead" studio, where the walls are lined with a thick layer of felt, creating an anechoic chamber or in the living room acoustically, where reflections from the walls of creation by the atmosphere of the recording. Such differences SCM7 communicate well.
  • Speakers playing very consistent, very clear signal from the amplifier. Quite unusual resolution of bass and midrange.
 
ATC SCM 7 AUDIO review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 AUDIO review
ATC SCM 7 AUDIO review
 
ATC SCM 7 HiFi Choice (Poland) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 HiFi Choice (Poland) review
  • They are small, cheap, easy to set up and offer excellent sound - ATC SCM 7 is the perfect speaker for small spaces.
  • Low tones surprise with their suppleness and elasticity. Hitting the strings of a bass guitar on the track "The Man forms of the Planet of Marzipan" of the Marillion band was fast and accurate, free from any resonant reverbs.
  • What we perceive as an abundance of low-frequencies is mostly their coloration distortion. It is heard best on the example of foot percussion - the "seventh" ATC system is a quick "shot" (full and fleshy, and not - as you might think - dry and barren) and almost immediately returns to the starting point; nothing rumbles, nothing drags.
 

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi News reviewATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi News review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Hi-Fi News review
  • Turning to the ATCs and rehearing the Kreisler CD, both the studio's own character and that of the solo fiddle - especially ita harmonics just before the guitar and bass come in - were more natural.
  • In fact the SCM7s moved confortably ahead of the group. They could take high levels without strain, timbres were consistently more truthful and timig was excellet.
  • Jff Beck's claim that "You shook me" encompased "probably the ruddest sound sever recorded" was simply laughed aside by the ATCs.
  • Despite it's hunger for power, the little nipper from ATCwalks smartly away with the blue ribbon. The SCM 7 wins for its smooth , well-timed delivery and the sheer convenience of size.
 
ATC SCM 7 Enjoy the Music review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 Enjoy the Music review
  • Here's my quick and dirty sonic description of the SCM7 speaker; it combines the dynamic agility of the Thiel PCM monitor with the harmonic suavity of the Aerial Acoustics model 5.
  • In a nearfield environment your ears will cry uncle long before the speakers begin to exhibit any signs of audible distress.
  • The ATC SCM7 does a very credible job of throwing up a cohesive three-dimensional soundfield. On phase-coherent recordings such as my own live concert CDs of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra the ATC speakers deliver a remarkably accurate picture of the entire orchestra on stage to the point where I can even discern the different seating heights between the woodwinds and horns.
  • They are among the most dynamically satisfying small-footprint desktop monitors I've ever heard. In terms of fit, finish, and overall performance they keep up with speakers that are nearly twice their price. But the SCM7's are not merely high-value speakers. They are so good that even folks who could pay far more for a desktop speaker will discover that $1200 will purchase speakers that are all they could ever want.
 
ATC SCM 7 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review
ATC SCM 7 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review

ATC SCM 7

ATC SCM 7 - Stereo&Video (Russia) review
  • ATC SCM7's first second surprise: the sound of this magnitude is difficult to expect from these speakers. Such a foundation and a low-key confidence even more. After a minute surprise dissipates. Left alone with a warm, confident sound. 
  • With high, but not a champion resolution where formal sounds are in perfect balance with the musicianship. So, monitors and music: how deep is ATC capable for this dive? What we see on the surface, almost perfectly: this restraint and style. British style. 
  • Frequency response curve of this system is very smooth, without any serious attacks. Mids barely noticeable ahead of the rest of the sensitivity range. 
  • For low frequencies the sensitivity of smooth descent - the lower frequency limit is one of the best in the test. 
 
AUDIO 
Magazine 10/2011 
Place 2 out of 4

ATC SCM 7: Price / performance: "very good"

"The little ATC is the most worthy successor to the legendary BBC boxes for me: a fine near-fields with the highest precision and transparency. You do not even try to feign size or playing effect emphasized. If you like the unexcited listening with rather small figure, you will love the ATC. With it, you can spend hours listening to music, to be stressed out without a second."

Tested with: ProAc Tablette Anniversary - PSB Imagine Mini - Dali Zensor 1

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ATC SCM 7: small passive 2-way stand mount loudspeaker, hand made in the UK

ATC was founded on a principle of engineering excellence, and that principle still defines our products today. Given the right opportunities, ATC products will deliver exceptional audio performance, but the opportunities will only arise from careful and thoughtful installation and use.

The premise on which ATC began is a simple one – and one that, in many respects, is still true today: hi-fi loudspeakers tend to be detailed and accurate, but of limited dynamic range, while professional monitor speakers tend to express the opposite character.

ATC products were designed from the outset to offer the best of both. It’s an easy concept to describe, but surprisingly difficult to engineer. The difficulty inherent in designing such loudspeakers is one of scale. Hi-fi levels of accuracy and detail call for lightweight moving parts and delicate engineering. Professional monitor levels of performance, however, demand far more robust components engineered to survive the rigours of high level use for extended periods.

The only way to combine the two is through precision engineering of a class and scale more often associated with aerospace or motorsport. But the results are worth the effort and the cost. ATC loudspeakers, with their unique in-house designed drivers, combine the best of hi-fi and professional to devastating effect.

ATC SCM 7 & ATC SIA2-100 integrated

ATC SCM 7 Features:

ATC SCM 7 25mm Dome tweeter ATC SCM 7 135mm Highly Linear midbass
25mm Dual Suspension Dome Tweeter 135mm Highly Linear Mid/Bass

Specifications

Drivers: HF 25mm ATC Neodymium, Mid/LF ATC 135mm
Matched Response: ±0.5dB
Frequency Response: 60Hz – 22kHz (-6dB freestanding, no room gain)
Dispersion: ±80° Coherent Horizontal, ±10° Coherent Vertical
Sensitivity: 84dB @ 1W @ 1metre
Max SPL: 103dB
Crossover Frequency: 2.5kHz
Connectors: Binding Posts/ 4mm Plugs, bi-wire
Recommended Amplifier Power75-300 Watts
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Cabinet Dimensions (HxWxD): 300 x 174 x 215 mm
Weight: 7.5kg

 
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