ATC Loudspeakers SCM25A Pro by Clueless
A great nearfield monitor should give you the truth and get out of the way. The ATC SCM25A does both, within its design parameters.
ATC are very up-front and honest about the capabilities of the SCM25A, spec'ing it down to only 74 Hz +/- 2dB. If you are a glass-half-empty kind of person, you might be tempted to look at other small monitors that have better low-end specs, but don't be misled! Within their design parameters, the SCM25As are absolutely brilliant.
The 3" soft-dome midrange driver is perhaps the defining element of this speaker, but the whole package is exceptional, considering how small the speakers are. Many who are familiar with larger ATC monitors are instantly comfortable with the reference that these provide.
Again, when compared with other nearfield monitor candidates we compared against in our main control room, these stood out as far-and-away the best contenders. I am torn about whether to give these speakers 10/10 for performance within the laws of physics, or 7/10 as a more realistic representation of what they can deliver vs. speakers 10x their size and more than 2x their price. I compromised and gave them 8/10, weighing absolute sound quality slightly more heavily, but within their category, they are #1.