Stephen Garratt

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    ATCSCM 40 v. Spendor D7

    And I love the way that the way that can handle in one listening session, the near sub sonic bass of a Goldfrapp or Grandaddy CD with total aplomb and then the delicate finely detailed performance of a Vivaldi or Bach concerto by Christopher Hogwood’s Academy Of Ancient Music at another. My CD player is nothing more exotic than the Audiolab 8300CD. Finally a another small positive side issue is that you can weirdly have a conversation even when they are being played quite loud, such is the un distorted pure quality of reproduction.
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    ATCSCM 40 v. Spendor D7

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    ATCSCM 40 v. Spendor D7

    Hi MiesDavies! I am currently really enjoying my now nicely run in ATC SCM40s and friends who drop in are all astounded by the sound reproduction of these magnificent beasts! As you may have seen from my original posting, the speakers are powered by, per speaker, one Audiolab 125 Watt 8000M for the tweeter, one 8000m 125 Watt for the mid range dome and one Audiolab 250 Watt 8300MB for the Bass..That's 500 Watts per speaker. The Pre Amp is the Audiolab 8000Q (British Audiolab made) I don't know the complicated ins and outs of what should work or sound best, but to these 64 year old ears it all sounds pretty damn good.. My friend and fellow ATC owner who has a pair of 20 year old Active stand mounted ATCs (And who pointed me in the direction OF ATC following the inability to get new mid range drive units for my old Ruark Crusader IIs) keeps asking to come round for HiFi listening evenings, so something must be sounding right! I think I also said that if i were starting an Audio system from scratch, I WOULD have chosen the Active SCM40s plus the ATC Pre Amp..But there you go, my present system will probably last me now till my box..
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    Phono Pre Amp Query...

    Swiftly moving on from the ATC SCM40 debate.. My next subject is Phono Pre Amps. Presently, my Michell Orbe + SME Series V arm + Van Den Hul MC1 Special feed into a pre Tag MaClaren Audiolab 8000PPA, owned since 1996. Reading on line expert and user reviews, I am drawn to upgrade to the Cyrus Phono Signature + the PSX-R2 Power Supply. Does anyone own this piece of kit and can report their opinions on it please?
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    ATCSCM 40 v. Spendor D7

    Hi Kubs, if you are local to Coulsdon, which is about 4 miles south of Croydon on a A23, you are more tha welcome to pop over for a listen. My audio system is NO...way as exotic as some mentioned in this continuing thread. My system is basically old Audiolab pre Tag McClaren, with a 8000Q pre amp as the centre piece with ancillaries including a Nakamichi tape deck and a Yamaha HDD/CD Recorder.The CD player is a basic 8300CD purchased last year, which has surprised me with it’s sound quality. I am an ex BT employee retired 64 year old and if I were younger, I may have radically changed the system with active ATCs coupled with the ATC Pre Amp. Just edited out my phone number!
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    ATCSCM 40 v. Spendor D7

    When I auditioned the SCM40s at Oranges and Lemons at Clapham Junction, the amplification was an Arcam intergrated amp with just one pair of wires per speaker. Admittedly, the Bass response from some my CDs was not initially impressive, but the reproduction otherwise, impressed me greatly, particularly Kate Bush’s Dream Of Sheep, the imaging seemed to hang beautifully in mid air. I did take the plunge and purchased the ATCs on the same day and boy, am I glad I did! As I have already stated in my opening posting on this subject at home, the amplification is a pair of 250 watt Audiolab 8300MBs for the Bass and four 125 Watt Audiolab 8000Ms four the tweeter and mid range. Now effectively run in since the installation in May, the speakers continue to astound me. I don’t know what amplification Nigel was using, but with mine, the Bass goes low, low, low, you feel as well as hear it. The CDs which cast temporary doubt at the shop, now thunder out with authority. The shop amplification provided by the Arcam set up was definitely underpowered for these speakers. They have proved to sound infinitely better when given a proper set of monobloc power amps in tri amp, tri wire mode..
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    ATC SCM40 Speakers

    In reference to the astounding Bass reproduction of both the Active and in my case the Passive models of the ATC SCM40, highly recommended listening and also recommended to get the Bass units run in are these two CD albums by the Afro Celt Sound System from the late 1990s. An interesting mix of Traditional Irish and African instruments and singing, underlaid with heavy dub bass..
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    ATC SCM40 Speakers

    If I was starting from scratch with a HiFi system, then I would have gone for the SCM 40As, with the appropriat ATC pre amp. But I am where I am and my Tri Amping may give something near the performance of the 40As. Earlier, I was listening to a just received in the post CD of Torelli’s concertos on the Chandos label. This recording on original instruments shone out on my passive 40s, wonderful delicacy displayed on the reproduction of Simon Standage’s violin playing.. I am still happy with my ATCs! I
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    Remastered CDs

    I have had all permutations of record decks over the decades, my first proper one the Goldrimg Lenco GL75, then the ERA MKVI with the SME Series II arm, the Thorens 160S with the SME Series III arm and the final one which will see me into my box, the Michell Orbe with the SME Series V arm. My phono pre Amp is the original British made Audiolab 8000PPA..I am pondering upgrading that to a Cyrus Signature phono preamp plus the power supply..I will put out a notice on this forum for anyone who already owns one to give an opinion on its performance.
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    Remastered CDs

    I reckon that I was lucky to have bought that vinyl copy of Led Zeppelin II back in 1972 which must have been a pressing off a fresh mould. As I said earlier, it still plays better than the CD version. Also in 1978, I managed to obtain a White Label advance copy of the album Looking Over My Shoulder by the now late Chris Rainbow..That still plays with stunning audio quality, virtually no surface noise.
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    ATC SCM40 Speakers

    Just trying out the Spirit Of Eden CD now on my SCM 40s (the 1997 Remaster) Gosh, even on my passive ATCs it sounds good!
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    Remastered CDs

    One of the reasons I prefer now listening to Classical on Radio 3 rather than Classic FM at home.. BBC Radio 3 is far less compressed for HiFi listening whilst Classic FM is better I the car..
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    Remastered CDs

    What I find is that some extremely compressed CDs can actually sound ear wearing..They become un uncomfortable listen after a short while..No proper dynamics...
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    Remastered CDs

    Even some modern Vinyl has it's problems..just ridded myself of a 2000 copy of Apple Venus by XTC to the local charity shop Sadly, this album was NOT packaged in the good old fashioned polythene and paper LP sleeve, but straight into rough cardboard.!! The LP suffered from all sorts of Clicks & Pops during playing. Fortunately, the CD version is VERY well produced...
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    Remastered CDs

    Oh and I agree with you regarding Jethro Tull and Yes... The Steven Wilson Remasters of the Tull albums are superlative!