I owned a pair of Ruark Crusader II speakers for just over 20 years, they gave good service but unfortunately BOTH midrange units started to display distortion on certain recordings.The midrange driver reminds me very much of the Dynaudio units in the old Ruark Crusaders.
Lovely tone to them.
My Review as published on Audio T’s web page for the ATC SCM40 in 2018
Despite their size, they play beautifully in a relatively small room and close to walls as well.I'd love to experience these, preferably the actives. As a Genelec owner I'm firmly on the monitor side of speaker preference, I love the speed, clarity and transparency. These would be awesome. But I'd need a whole new room - indeed a whole new house - for them to work for me!
Ah! Thanks for that info.The input sensitivity on the ATC SCM40a is 1V. The Quad pre is capable of 3.3V on the RCA out and 8V on the AMPBUS out (which is balanced but goes through an extra stage of buffering/phase splitting).
The usual problem is too much gain not too little gain. That's because people confuse gain with power and if the sound doesn't become super-loud as soon as they turn the volume up, the amplifier is "underpowered".
Interesting, but I feel that while my system still brings a big smile to my face and also visiting friends, I think I shall leave it as it is.If you already have 6 amp channels and the passive speakers, all you need is an active crossover and you can activate your SCM40's externally. An active crossover will make a much bigger difference than passive tri-amping or upgrading your CD player. The type of active crossover is up to you: electronic (transistor, tube) or DSP (with or without speaker and room correction). And if you live in the UK I bet you can pay somebody to set-up the thing if you're not tech savvy or you're afraid you'll fry your tweeters.
I know they’ve always done that, but that driver is a clone for one of the 8” Volt drivers. I wondered if they’d had an epiphany or some such.