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New ATC SCM19 and SCM40 Launched

November 4th 2013

Designed for small to medium scale stereo and multi-channel applications, two new models incorporate a wholly ATC designed and built tweeter, and stylishly curved cabinets. 

Featuring the new ATC designed and built 25mm soft dome tweeter, updated bass/mid drivers and crossovers housed in a curved, laminated cabinet, the first of a new range of ATC closed-box passive loudspeakers has arrived. The second generation SCM19 and second gen. SCM40 are the first to employ ATC’s landmark SH25-76 tweeter, developed to satisfy the company’s long-established rigour in drive unit engineering.  The loudspeakers join the new SCM7 and SCM11 to complete the new ATC Hi-Fi Passive Series line up.

 SH25-76 Tweeter

Sharing technology with the renowned ATC soft domed mid-range drive unit, the new tweeter employs a unique dual suspension system suppressing rocking modes even at high power output levels. The ATC configuration of a short edge-wound voice coil in a long, narrow magnetic gap ensures exceptionally low distortion throughout its operating band and removes the need for ferrofluids, which can dry out over time, compromising performance.

A complex, shaped, soft-domed diaphragm extends high frequency range and offers a smooth off-axis response. The tweeter’s 15,000 gauss (1.5 tesla) neodymium magnet has a black heat-treated top plate, which dissipates heat away from the voice coil to maintain high power handling and low power compression. A precision-machined 5.5mm rigid alloy waveguide provides optimum dispersion, a flat on-axis frequency response and resonance-free operation.

ATC SH25-76 tweeter

New Cabinets and Systems

Establishing what is to be a new style for ATC’s most competitively priced range of loudspeakers, and joining the new SCM7 and SCM11 launched earlier in the year, the new SCM19 and SCM40 benefit acoustically and aesthetically from a curved cabinet construction. Braced and laminated for high rigidity and damping, the curved enclosures in real cherry or black ash veneer also impart a strong impression of design quality.  Improved crossovers featuring metallised polypropylene capacitors, large air cored inductors and ceramic wire-round resistors offer superior power handling and clarity. Each new model exhibits an impedance curve free from low values, presenting an easy load for amplifiers of 75 to 300 watts. The SCM19 and SCM40 are designed for optimum performance with the grill in place – although the difference in performance without the grill is minimal.  The metal grille, finished in anthracite grey, fixes to the cabinet via hidden magnets.  According to tradition, each model number represents internal cabinet volume in litres.

Second Generation SCM19

ATC’s SH25-76 soft dome tweeter is joined by the company’s highly linear 150mm mid/bass driver. It features an integrated 75mm soft dome – exceptional for its horizontal dispersion of mid-band frequencies – and a huge 9kg high-energy, ‘Super Linear’ magnet system, which includes a 75mm diameter flat wire, underhung voice coil, meticulously milled and formed by ATC. The magnet system and a carefully weighted doped fabric cone assembly contribute to the SCM19’s wide bandwidth, impressive dynamic range and convincing bass output coupled with very low distortion as a result of the unique ‘Super Linear’ motor system.

SCM19 Product Page

ATC 19 speaker_no grill

 Second Generation SCM40

The new SCM40 features ATC’s new SH25-76 tweeter with a ATC’s renowned 75mm/3” Soft Dome mid-range and a 164mm, short coil – long gap (underhung) bass driver.  The three-way design and inclusion of the Soft Dome mid results in excellent clarity, even at high drive levels with bass heavy souce material.  It also gives wide, even dispersion resulting in excellent stereo imaging and un-fussy positioning in the home.  The new model also benefits from crossover revisions that have improved the loudspeakers overall balance and the integration between mid and high frequency elements.

SCM40 Product Page

ATC 40 speaker_no grill  

 Manufactured in-house, the new SCM19 and SCM40 offer the ownership of a hand-built ruggedly engineered speaker, world famous for musical accuracy and high power output.  Like all ATC products, the new models are backed by a six-year warranty.

PRICING:  Please contact ATC or your local dealer or distributor for pricing applicable to your country.

AVAILABILITY: 16th Decemeber 2013


New SCM11 Wins 2013 What Hi-Fi? Award for best Standmount Speaker £800 – £1500

Awards 2013 ATCSCM11

ATC 11 speaker_no grill

Wide, Consistent and Accurate Response: and that’s just the Awards!

ATC isn’t known for its hubris, but when our SCM11 is so frequently acclaimed by the UK’s leading home entertainment magazine, you’ll forgive us a little satisfaction. We’re delighted in fact to report that the latest evolution of SCM11 has again been recognised for its superior engineering with another What Hi Fi? Sound & Vision award, which joins no fewer than six similar accolades from the magazine. This wide, consistent and dare we say accurate response perfectly reflects the qualities of the speaker and is a record unprecedented in the history of the title, which selects from he widest pool of products.

Upgraded by our new landmark SH25-76 tweeter hand-built at Stroud, the new 100% pure ATC SCM11 has received What Hi Fi’s ‘Best Standmount Speaker £800-£1500’ award for 2013. The citation says: “These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price…nearly everything we’ve come to love about the originals has received a remarkable boost…the new SCM11s are a drastic improvement over an already talented performance, and they have the good looks to match. ATC has raised the bar it set itself. This isn’t just a step up – it’s a running leap.”

The new SCM11 is the first of a new range of passive monitors launching over the next six months.

Latest award joins these:
2011 SCM11 Best Standmount Speaker £700-£1500
2010 SCM11 Best Stereo Speakers £600-£1000
2009 SCM11 Best Stereo Speakers £600-£1000
2008 SCM11 Best Stereo Speakers £500-£1000
2007 SCM11 Best Stereo Speakers £500-£1000
2006 SCM11 Best Stereo Speakers £750-£1000

Click here to visit the SCM11’s product page.

 


What HiFi? review the new SCM11 HiFi Passive loudspeaker

“ATC has struck gold again. These are the most talented standmounters anywhere near this price”

Read the What HiFi? 5 star review here.
ATC 11 speaker_no grill


New Product Launch – Hi-Fi Passive Series – SCM7 & SCM11

Designed for small to medium scale stereo and multi-channel applications, two new models incorporate a wholly ATC designed and built tweeter, and stylishly curved cabinets. 

 Featuring the new ATC designed and built 25mm soft dome tweeter, updated bass/mid drivers and crossovers housed in a curved, laminated cabinet, the first of a new range of ATC closed-box passive loudspeakers has arrived. The third generation SCM7 and second gen. SCM11 are the first to employ ATC’s landmark SH25-76 tweeter, developed to satisfy the company’s long-established rigour in drive unit engineering.

SH25-76 Tweeter

Sharing technology with the renowned ATC soft domed mid-range drive unit, the new tweeter employs a unique dual suspension system suppressing rocking modes even at high power output levels. The ATC configuration of a short edge-wound voice coil in a long, narrow magnetic gap ensures exceptionally low distortion throughout its operating band and removes the need for ferrofluids, which can dry out over time, compromising performance.

ATC SH25-76 tweeters

A complex, shaped, soft-domed diaphragm extends high frequency range and offers a smooth off-axis response. The tweeter’s 15,000 gauss (1.5 tesla) neodymium magnet has a black heat-treated top plate, which dissipates heat away from the voice coil to maintain high power handling and low power compression. A precision-machined 5.5mm rigid alloy waveguide provides optimum dispersion, a flat on-axis frequency response and resonance-free operation.

New Cabinets and Systems

Establishing what is to be a new style for ATC’s most competitively priced range of loudspeakers, the new SCM7 and SCM11 benefit acoustically and aesthetically from a curved cabinet construction. Braced and laminated for high rigidity and damping, the curved enclosures in real cherry or black ash veneer also impart a strong impression of design quality.  Improved crossovers featuring metallised polypropylene capacitors, large air cored inductors and ceramic wire-round resistors offer superior power handling and clarity. Each new model exhibits an impedance curve free from low values, presenting an easy load for amplifiers of 75 to 300 watts. The SCM7 and SCM11 are designed for optimum performance without the grille – although a full-length perforated metal grille, finished in anthracite grey to match the drive unit face plates, is supplied. According to tradition, each model number represents internal cabinet volume in litres.

Third Generation SCM7

ATC’s SH25-76 soft dome tweeter is joined by the company’s highly linear 125mm mid/bass driver. It features a 45mm soft dome – exceptional for its horizontal dispersion of mid-band frequencies – and a huge 3.5kg high-energy magnet system, which includes a 45mm flat wire voice coil, meticulously milled and formed by ATC. The magnet system and a carefully weighted doped fabric cone assembly contribute to the SCM7’s wide bandwidth, impressive dynamic range and convincing bass output – all from a tiny seven litre cabinet.  Click here to jump to the SCM7’s product page.

ATC 7 speaker_no grill

Second Generation SCM11

The new SCM11 features ATC’s SH25-76 with an ATC CLD 150mm mid-bass driver incorporating a 45mm soft dome. Constrained Layer Damping is a driver cone technology exclusive to ATC and represents a step-change in driver-to-system performance. Advantages include reduced harmonic distortion between 300Hz and 3 kHz, an extended frequency response that eases constraints on the crossover filter slope, and improved off-axis response.  Click here to jump to the SCM11’s product page.

ATC 11 speaker_no grill

Manufactured in-house, the new SCM7 and SCM11 offer the ownership of a hand-built ruggedly engineered speaker, world famous for musical accuracy and high power output.  Like all ATC products, the new models are backed by a six-year warranty.

Please contact your local dealer or distributor for pricing.

Products available from mid – September.


ATC Hire Lone Mountain Audio for U.S. Consumer Market Distribution

ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company) of Britain has appointed Lone Mountain Audio as its new U.S. distributor for the consumer Hi-Fi products, along with the formation of its new company, Lone Mountain Audio based in Las Vegas, NV.

ATC is a manufacturer of handcrafted loudspeakers formed in 1974 that can be found in prominent recording and film studios worldwide.

ATC’s home audio loudspeakers are handcrafted, hand varnished and designed with ATC’s own drivers, crossovers, amplifiers and preamplifiers.

Janis and Brad Lunde, owners of Lone Mountain Audio, are not newcomers at ATC Loudspeakers. They have been representing ATC Professional products in the U.S. for thirteen years as the TransAudio Group, a Pro Audio Sales business established in 2000. The formation of Lone Mountain Audio is simple, to keep the Pro and Consumer sales and marketing businesses separated with different people and focus, and a user experience tailored to each channels market.

Lone Mountain Audio’s president Brad Lunde states, “I am thrilled to now represent ATC in the Consumer Hi-Fi Channel where I can demonstrate to both audiophiles and music lover enthusiasts with the idea of bringing “the Studio Experience” to the home. They’ll be blown away as to what they’ve been missing – in the recordings that is.”

ATC’s founder and owner, Billy Woodman said: “Brad Lunde is ATC’s established and very successful U.S. distributor of professional products and I am now pleased to announce that Brad and Lone Mountain Audio will also distribute ATC’s high-fidelity loudspeakers and electronics to all those music enthusiasts in the US who love music and quality, high-resolution audio.

“At Lone Mountain Audio we are convinced that once you hear music reproduction done right, you’ll understand what Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Diana Krall, Jack White, Blackbird Studios, Doug Sax Mastering, Alan Myerson, Shawn Murphy and so many more recording artists have known about ATC for a long time. What’s most amazing is that they tell us how much ATC helps them hear what is really going on. That nothing they’ve tried works like ATC at stripping away the veil to reveal the details, the truth.”

Visit Lone Mountain Audio at the upcoming fall Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver to hear the ATC studio experience firsthand.

Lone Mountain Audio Distribution

7340 Smoke Ranch Road, Suite A

Las Vegas, NV 89128

(Visits by appointment only).

Tel: +702 307 2727

Fax: +702 365 5145

www.lonemountainaudio.com

 


Mark Ronson revels in revealing ATC SCM25A PRO studio setup

“They give a really great image of everything that’s going on, whether I’m tracking a live band or working on something with a massive 808 kick drum.”
– Mark Ronson (record producer, DJ, musician)

LONDON, UK: specialist British loudspeaker drive unit and complete sound reproduction system manufacturer ATC is pleased to announce that genre-hopping, Grammy Award-winning record producer, DJ, and musician Mark Ronson has installed a pair of SCM25A PRO three-way compact active loudspeakers in his new Munro Acoustics and Steve Durr designed studio space at London’s Tileyard Studios complex…

“I was looking for a place around here,” he says, having first established himself as a diverse DJ on the New York club scene in 1993, before moving into record production in 2001 with American singer Nikka Costa’s first US album release, Everybody Got Their Something. A string of high-profile pop production and performance credits quickly followed for the likes of Lily Allen, Robbie Williams, Nas, Adele, Bruno Mars, and, most notably, Amy Winehouse, with whom Ronson bagged no fewer than three Grammys in 2008 — Producer Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album.  Ronson soon stormed the charts in his own right with his second solo album, Version, hitting the number 2 spot in the UK and earning him a BRIT Award for Best Male Solo Artist in 2008. Ronson repeated the feat in 2010, reaching number 2 with a third studio album, Record Collection, credited to Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

“I haven’t had my own studio since I left New York about four years ago,” continues Ronson. “I looked at some other prebuilt studios being sold, but then it came up that all these rooms were being built at Tileyard.”

With over 50 permanent recording studios to its notable name, Tileyard Studios, situated in London’s Kings Cross Central, bills itself as being the newest and most creative hub in Europe. Little wonder, then, that the super-successful Ronson was happy to put down his recording roots there: “Building my own place from scratch meant that I could incorporate some of my favourite things from all the studios that I’ve loved working at during the last four years, like the analogue aspect of Daptone in Brooklyn, where we recorded the Amy stuff, as well as the MIDI and computer aspect.”

Inspired by a visit to a new Nashville studio built for The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Ronson recruited the studio designer responsible, Steve Durr, to collaborate with London-based consultant Chris Walls of Munro Acoustics to build something similar at Tileyard: “It just had a great vibe — kind of like one of those old RCA studios in Nashville, so my live room is, likewise, really well designed, with a no-frills vibe — like walking into any old studio from the ’60s.”

While Ronson may well have sought inspiration from the past for his live room, selecting suitable monitoring for his control room was a different proposition entirely with ATC’s SCM25A PRO three way compact active loudspeakers quickly catching his ear: “I was walking around other studios with Chris Walls from Munro so he could get a sense of what I liked.  We went to British Grove, and I just couldn’t believe how amazing they sounded — so much punch, bite, and growl, then this really pristine top end. It was kind of a revelation, and I just thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to get any other speakers other than those when I get into my space.’ I was sold on first listen.  I then had another chance to use the speakers when,  Audio Power Tools, Brooklyn let me borrow a pair to test them out when I was at Avatar in New York, tracking some stuff for Paul McCartney’s new album.”

With Ronson duly sold on what he had heard, London-based Funky Junk, Europe’s largest stockists of new and used professional audio equipment, made the sale. Says Ronson, “They were very cool and easy to work with.”

Now that the super-sounding SCM25A PROs are happily nestling on the meter bridge of Ronson’s beloved vintage MCI 500 Series console at his super-sounding studio space at Tileyard, the results clearly speak volumes, as is borne out by their super-satisfied owner’s super-supportive closing comments: “When I was starting out, I used whatever monitors I could afford, then I worked my way up to things like Genelecs and KRKs — all really nice, but they’ve got nothing on the ATCs, as far as I’m concerned. For the most part, I spend most of my time on the ATCs now. They give a great image of everything that’s going on, whether I’m tracking a live band or working on something with a massive 808 kick drum.”

Audio Power Tools, Brooklyn, USA

Funky Junk, London, England

Mark Ronson & SCM25A


Jeroen Hansma

We are sad to relate that the funeral of Jeroen Hansma took place yesterday. Jeroen was our Dutch distributor for many years and was also a friend. His honesty and integrity will be missed by us all. His tragic death in a climbing accident was a great shock and we would extend our deepest condolences to his family.


ATC launch new product – SIACD

The new, compact, SIACD expands on, and is styled to match ATC’s range of stand-alone electronic products for home installation.  The SIACD is built to the same design and manufacturing standards as the company’s internationally renowned professional audio products.

Overview

  • New class A/B “grounded source” 100W/Ch. power amp stages offering class leading performance
  • High performance DAC with USB, coaxial and optical digital inputs
  • On-board CD Player
  • Headphone amplifier with front panel mounted output
  • 2 x stereo line level analogue inputs
  • 1 x stereo line level output
  • Black or silver anodised finish options
  • 6 year warranty*
  • Hand built in Stroud, UK

This new product is designed as a simple yet versatile one-box solution for D-A conversion, CD playback, pre and power amplification duties.  The SIACD is housed in a rugged yet elegant chassis, only 315mm/12.4” wide.  Styling compliments the rest of ATC’s range of outboard pre and power amplifiers and the product is available in both black and silver brushed and anodised finishes.

Whereas many other manufacturers’ favour class-D power amp technology for compact devices, ATC have based the power amp design on the class A/B circuits employed in their highest performance professional, active loudspeakers, thus ensuring the highest possible performance of this vital element of an all-in-one player amplifier.  In this revised design, ATC engineers have made further improvements to their discrete MOSFET output stage to give vanishingly low levels of distortion, very wide bandwidth and a reduced idle temperature.  Maximum output power is 100W per channel, continuous, into 8 ohms with both channels driven.  The resolution offered by this approach is simply above and beyond what is available from most ‘high-end’ stand-alone power amplifiers, let alone ‘all-in-one’ player/amplifiers.

The preamp/DAC stage features two, line level, stereo, analogue inputs and three digital inputs.  Both analogue inputs are equipped with rear panel mounted, RCA/phono connections.  One of the two inputs also features a front panel mounted 3.5mm jack input for simple connection to portable music players.  The USB, SPDIF and optical inputs are mounted on the rear panel. The DAC utilises Wolfson’s WM8740 chipset and is compatible with 16 to 24 bit word lengths and sample rates up to 192kHz (coaxial and optical digital inputs only).  Excellent digital clock recovery ensures signal integrity is maintained even with poorer quality digital sources and the SIACD.  The USB input is compatible with word lengths up to 16 bits and sample frequencies up to 48kHz and is galvanically isolated from the digital source via a high performance transformer. The SIACD headphone amplifier is specified to drive a very wide range of headphone sensitivities and impedances.  It features very low distortion and noise and an extremely wide and flat frequency response for best possible performance.  The headphone output is front panel mounted.

The chassis is constructed from a combination of steel and aluminium and uses constrained layer damping to control panel resonances. The front panel is machined from an extruded section of 13mm/0.5” aluminium alloy with a brushed and anodised silver or black finish.  All the user controls are machined from solid aluminium.

 

For more details and photos, click here – SIACD

ATC SIA Integrated CD player-top

 


Yellow Box Studios can hear clearly now with SCM300ASL PROs

Yellow Box Studios can hear clearly now with SCM300ASL PROs “The response has been mind-blowing — even more so from the audio professionals that have set foot in the room.” – Rennie Gomes (Managing Director, Yellow Box Studios, Singapore)

SINGAPORE: specialist British loudspeaker drive unit and complete sound reproduction system manufacturer ATC is pleased to announce that Yellow Box Studios, Singapore’s largest and most highly-awarded audio post-production facility, has installed a top-of-the-range pair of SCM300ASL PRO three-way active series loudspeakers in its new no-expense-spared music production and recording facility…

“The music production and recording facility is also meant to cover our post-production needs as we do quite a lot of music recording and ADR for our films and commercials.” So says Yellow Box Studios Managing Director Rennie Gomes, a go-getting, multi-tasking individual who is also actively involved as a sought-after sound designer and composer at the company he co-founded back in 1995. Backtracking further still, Rennie reveals, “Singapore was already a hub for post-production back in the ’90s, and, even before setting up Yellow Box, I already had a good pool of clients from around the region. So setting up in Singapore was a natural choice, given its strong infrastructure and economy.”

With a city centre-sited state-of-the-art studio and office to its company name, Yellow Box Studios set about producing soundtracks for feature films, television drama series, and television commercials with much success — so much so, in fact, that the decision was recently taken to expand its base of operations to include a new music production and recording facility housing a dub stage and one of Singapore’s largest recording rooms in a light industrial unit within a stone’s throw of Changi International Airport. Arguably a risky business move in today’s rapidly changing climate, surely? “You can’t hear a thing in any of the rooms, so all credit to the designer — who, coincidentally, created one of the rooms at Abbey Road — and an amazing building contractor,” Rennie responds, semi-seriously, before adding: “We were all aware of the challenging times the music industry is going through, but we knew we could make it work if we diversified the use of the room. Singapore doesn’t have many large recording rooms anymore, which puts us in a good position to record 30-piece string arrangements or a 60-strong choir, both of which we’ve already achieved since opening.”

Both studio and control rooms are suspended on floating floors with fully-ducted, acoustically-dampened, ultra-quiet air-conditioning. Professional as that may sound on paper, making that control room sound professional in reality involved installing some premier professional audio equipment, evidently. At its heart is a discrete analogue mixer designed by one of the most trusted names in pro audio, perfectly partnered with industry performance overachiever ATC’s flagship SCM300ASL PRO three-way active professional series loudspeakers as its main monitoring system. “They were highly recommended by one of my senior engineers,” explains Rennie. “We had heard a pair in another facility and were very impressed.”

And first impressions can count now more than ever in today’s tightly-constrained recording world, which is exactly why those SCM300ASL PROs have been paying dividends for Yellow Box Studios from the get-go: “The response has been mind-blowing — even more so from the audio professionals that have set foot in the room. In this day and age of huge compromises in sound production, because of tight budgets, we are proving that paying a little more does, indeed, go a long way. Engineers and musicians are bringing in their favourite mic pres, amps, and other gizmos to test in our room, and they’re amazed at the results. We’re finally able to do large-format recording, helped by having the SCM300s in a room that best compliments their sound, because being able to hear an accurate bottom end matters so much when you’re doing large string sessions and band recordings. In a sense, we are bringing back the romance of a great recording experience without any compromise — sort of a dying art, really.”

Reasons Rennie: “As for the music scene in Singapore and the region in general, let’s just say we’re still optimistic as we’ve already had some amazing compliments about the recording room and how accurate everything sounds, which is exactly what we were striving for in the first place.” Thanks to ATC’s SCM300ASL PRO three-way active professional series loudspeakers, what sounds good for Yellow Box Studios is also a good thing for its host nation, it seems: “Singapore has never really had a state-of-the-art facility for audio like this one, where film and music are merged. We foresaw this convergence of media a long time ago, and now music and picture are prevalent in all interactive and traditional media, so having such a facility also attracts mid-level to high-end projects to our shores as more and more projects we work on are for an international audience. There’s always a certain kind of magic that happens when I see film producers and directors meet with bands and music producers in the same building. I think it’s called… collaboration!”

Speaking of which, Yellow Box Studios’ collaboration with ATC was also deemed a resounding success at an all-important installation level, too. “The installation went very well,” wraps up Rennie on another uplifting note. “It was basically a case of set up and go, with not many tweaks needed as the system suits the room so well.” That it does. And, as a direct result of that fateful first listening session and subsequent sizeable installation investment, Yellow Box Studios can hear clearly now and forevermore with their new ATC300 ASL PROs.

Yellow Box Studios:  www.yellowboxstudios.com


CA2 and P1 Review in Audiotechnique Magazine, Hong Kong

Further details on ATC products in Hong Kong and The Peoples Republic of China, please contact:
Sound Concepts
Stereo Kingdom,
Room 1402, 14/F,
No.1 Duddell Street,
Central,
Hong Kong

Tel: 2524-1881
Contact Person: Mr. Jacky Woo
Email: info@hksoundconcepts.com


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