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|zarquon's ATC System||
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|Last Update: July 05, 2003 at 03:47:09||IP Address: 188.8.131.52|
|Amplifier:||Power amp: ATC SPA2-150|
200W/channel into 8 ohms
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||ATC SCA-2. Good connectivity - 8 inputs, some balanced. Uses mostly discrete components and is very transparent. Includes phono stage option.|
|Speakers:||ATC SCM35 - floorstanders, new July 2003. Cherry veneer finish, 35 litres. Tri-wirable 3 way, with crossovers at 380Hz and 2.8kHz. 85dB/W at 1m. Max SPL 112dB.|
Relatively smooth output in my room 25Hz-20kHz, with output to below 20Hz. Very low distortion and good dispersion. These are true monitor-quality speakers. They use the famous ATC mid-range soft dome transducer. Bass is tight and tuneful - I can't stand boomy bass.
|CD Player/DAC:||Densen B400XS. Dynamic and musical|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Michell Orbe with Helius arm and Lyra Lydian beta cartridge|
|Other Source(s):||Revox B760 FM tuner - old, but one of the best. |
HHB CDR830 CDR-R/W burner/player - excellent copies on computer CDR blanks.
Pioneer CTS610 - so I can still play my old tapes
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Speaker cables - Nordost Red Dawn rev2 biwire. |
Interconnects CD-Pre = Nordost Valhalla.
Other interconnects: various including Nordost Red Dawn and Blue Heaven, and DIY made using silver wire loose in PTFE tubing, twisted pair, Eichmann Bullet plugs
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Equipment stands - Target beta with glass shelves. Mains cables: DIY solid core copper in PTFE, braided - clean and dynamic across the spectrum - some of the best I have heard, and at relatively low cost (£10 materials cost per unit). Also 2 metal-clad 6-way power blocks, wired as above.|
|Tweaks:||Nordost Ti pulsar points under CD player.|
DIY rollerballs (Tungsten carbide in aluminium alloy cups) under speakers and pre-amp.
DIY pulsar point clones under power amp.
|Room Size (LxWxH):||8m x 5m x 2.5m|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Well furnished living room with thick carpet, sofas, bookcases etc, rug on one wall to reduce reflections.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||About 1000CDs, 200LPs, 70% classical, from Bach to Stockhausen. Main preference for 20C music, especially Shostakovich, Messiaen, but also love Bach. Non-classical is a good mixture: Rock / pop / dance / jazz / blues / electronic. I have fairly broad tastes!|
|System Goals/Comments:||High fidelity - in the strict sense. Too many systems, in my opinion, have components selected to offset one set of colourations with another. ATC is a UK company that is best known for studio monitors, and supplies both the pro and domestic markets. The ATC SCM35s are a bargain, IMO, at £2000.|
|System Strengths:||Clarity, dynamics, neutrality, realism. The ATC amps and speakers are a perfect match. This is not a warm cosy system - it tells you what is in the recording without adding much of its own character.|
|System Weaknesses:||The equipment supports are the weakest part at present. Two 4-shelf Target beta stands. I am currently thinking about an upgrade here, including DIY, but there are so many options!|
|Video/HT System: Separate|
|TV/Projector:||Old Sony 4x3 TV, 25 inch|
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||Pioneer DV444 DVD multi-region player|
Sony SLV-SE710 VCR
|Comments on HT System:||As you can see, I am not really into fancy HT yet. I am waiting for good flat displays to become available at reasonable prices (ha!).|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Science and technology (I am a semi-retired UK-based physicist and spent all my working life in optical fibre communications and optoelectronics research). Audio tweaks and DIY, photography, computing, reading sci-fi and crime novels, walking, travelling abroad.|