We’ve been exposed to a lot of speakers through our acoustic consulting work and very few brands have impressed us like ATC. They’re the speaker of choice for artists such as Pink Floyd, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty as well as mastering engineers like Doug Sax, Bob Ludwig and T-Bone Burnett.
ATC manufacture all their own drivers in house, from their new tweeter to their famous dome midrange and “Super Linear” woofers. These speakers are truly high resolution; tracking micro and macro dynamic variations like few others. Bass accuracy is superb thanks to sealed box alignment in their smaller speakers and “low Q” porting in their larger speakers. Every speaker manufactured by ATC is measured, and pairs matched to within 0.5 dB, resulting in great imaging stability.
Many of their speakers have an option to “go active”, with an onboard crossover and dedicated amplifier per driver. There are only upsides to going active with ATCs, because they make great power amplifiers!
Nyal Mellor, Founder, Acoustic Frontiers