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ATC SCM-100A, any opinions??
Old 16th January 2007
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ATC SCM-100A, any opinions??

Hi.

I have the chance to pick up a pair of ATC SCM-100A speakers for a good price.
They are black and in good condition and about 10 years old, so they are not the SL model.

Does anyone here use them??
What was the new price, and how much do they usually go for used??

Thanks in advance!
Dennis
Old 16th January 2007
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Originally Posted by API View Post
Hi.

I have the chance to pick up a pair of ATC SCM-100A speakers for a good price.
They are black and in good condition and about 10 years old, so they are not the SL model.

Does anyone here use them??
What was the new price, and how much do they usually go for used??

Thanks in advance!
Dennis
They are like all other ATC's, good speakers, but in my view the SCM50's (the smaller brother) are better. I have seen several pairs go for fairly budget money so I would not expect them to be too expensive. More suited to classical and jazz as the systems were designed with a low Q meaning that the bass is quite extended, but starts rolling off sooner, this manifests itself in sometimes making the speakers sound like they are bass light.

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I should have also pointed out that they feature the "famous" ATC midrange driver, the top is a Vifa tweeter, much favoured by many manufacturers.

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Old 19th January 2007
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Hi again.

Thanks for your input!

I have now listened to them, and they sounds very nice!!
Compared to my ADAM S3A they have much fuller and firmer bass, but the high end is alot weaker, almost muted compared the ADAM.
Maybe the high freq. drivers are a bit tired??

If i can get them (the ATC´s) for around $4000 USD, should i get them??

And would they be good complement to my ADAM´s???

Thanks,
Dennis
Old 19th January 2007
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I would almost say that no matter how cheap, I wouldn't get non-SL ATC's today.

I'd actually pass.

I personally prefer 50's to 100's but they're both really good (as are the 150's).

Save your money for a good used pair of active 50's with SL drivers. Get the pot up to maybe $6000 - 7000 and I bet a pair will show up.
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Ok, thanks for the advice.

What is the biggest difference with the SL´s?
Is it just the drivers, or also cabinet design and power amps??

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Old 19th January 2007
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Here's a link to the white paper on the SL drivers. Good info in there.

http://www.atc.gb.net/technology.html
Old 20th January 2007
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ATC SCM-100A, any opinions??

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I would almost say that no matter how cheap, I wouldn't get non-SL ATC's today.

I'd actually pass.

I personally prefer 50's to 100's but they're both really good (as are the 150's).

Save your money for a good used pair of active 50's with SL drivers. Get the pot up to maybe $6000 - 7000 and I bet a pair will show up.
You can upgrade them to SL's easily & inexpensively, at your leasure. This would give you brand new bass drivers plus you keep the old ones as spares, or sell them. I would buy the non SL's & live with them for a while, if you've never owned ATC's this will a big improvement over most other speakers, later on you can upgrade & get to appreciate the improvements with the SL drivers. When we did this to our 50's , I was shocked by the improvement in transparency in the mids, I was only expecting differences in the lows, which do get a bit deeper. You need a big room for 100's, ATC's are small for the amount of sound they produce.
The 50's & 100's first appeared about 20 years ago, there have been very few changes in that time, mainly the SL driver & new tweeter, older models can ususally be upgraded; that's testament to getting right the first time.
cheer's,
timmy
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