would like to thank rick once again for his excellent advice and service. i picked up my atc sia2-150 amp about a week ago and am overjoyed at how good it is. it's easily the best amp i've ever heard and goes with my atc speakers beautifully.
i got back from derby and straight out of the boot of the car and on my rack, it was sublime from the very first moment. brand new, stone cold from the box - didn't seem to bother it in the slightest. dynamics are a strong point on both the epic stuff and also small scale subtle stuff, whether the music is meant to sound delicate and fragile or amaze you with it's power and punch, it can do it all. it is very transparent and revealing - i'm hearing all sorts of new stuff in music i know very well. the mid range and treble are both superb, very natural - you get the impression the amp just lets the music through unimpeded with no restriction on it - but for me the stand out is the bass, it is simply fantastic. the more complex the music is the more it seems to shine as the amp keeps total control at all times. it's certainly not just a "powerhouse", sounds fantastic at all volumes and is probably the best value bit of kit i've ever bought.
it's even made me appreciate my dacmagic more....
i did do a bad thing though while i was there.....
i listened to the chord qbd76 dac, sigh.... it sounds amazing. looks it as well.
it even sounds amazing bluetoothing 128 kbps from a laptop and spotify.
so i did another bad thing.....
i'm favouring brilliant silver and red lights at the moment.....
i'll stick a review and some pics up when it gets here.
Can you trust your ears?
Excellent, sounds like a nice piece of kit. Wish I could afford it to be honest, unless Rick does buy now pay never!
Happy New Year to everybody.....
I'm also in the same boat as Craig M, I would also like to thank Rick for his expert knowledge and service. I had already made my mind up about the ATC SCM 40 but needed that wee push to order them,but it was not until I spoke to Rick over the phone that I actually took the plunge and ordered the speakers, and what a pair of speakers they are with the sound getting better the more I use them ( Rick reckons a 100 hours of use before they sound their best ) as Rick keeps saying these speakers are a audiophile bargain and made in the UK as well. Rick has a great knowledge of all things ATC, I'm sure he must have shares in the company, and all this from some one who is only 19 years old and he owns his own company. I do have one small confession to make to Rick in that I bought a second hand ATC SIA 2-150 amp from another dealer, it was only 3 weeks old and got it for a great price (sorry Rick) . But what a fabulous amp, this pair really do compliment each other.
Thanks again Rick and I hope you have Happy and a prosperous new year.
If Rick is 19, then that means he was about 4 when he was working for the same company as me in the mid 90's.....
davidf @frankharveyhifi and HiFix- specialist hi-fi retailer and independent record store
"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light"
I had the pleasure of visiting Derby yesterday on a wet rainy day from London and decided to pop into Musicraft to take a look at the ATC SIA 2-150. I got to meet Rick the owner(who is nice gentleman) once again who had the unit in stock. I was anxious to go to a specialist to have a first hand audition at the SIA 2-150( Stereo Integrated Amplifier,2 for the amount of channels and 150 being the power ouput per watts)
The SIA 2-150 was switched of when i popped in so after chatting with Rick for a bit it was turned on. The case work looks better than the previous version which includes aluminium front panels which offers minimum control.There is a large knob for volume control,the other for input selector with a central light which turns green when lit and goes on red when in standby mode.
This amplifier has a massive power supply which delivers class A/B output of 150-watts, a greater fraction being class A.
The ATC amplifier was hooked to the Monitor audio PL100. As time went on the amplifier got warm the sound just got better due to the neutrality of the electronics.It allowed the speakers to perform admirably and Rick was on hand to answer all the questions i threw at him.
Thw SIA 2-150 produced a clean sound which was not aggressive but had bite. It made the PL100 deliver a balanced result due to the dynamics of the electronics. This amplifier has a wide and deep sound stage with good control of the bass. The delivery of the clean sound reproduction by the SIA2 -150 has to be matched mostly by a pre/power amplification.For its retro look similar to my Yamaha AS2000 its a major player in the amplifier market; a true renaissance amplifier.
The end result is a 5 star unit that will last for years to come with a whooping 6 year warranty.
Many thanks to Rick for the the demo and i hope i can one day purchase this unit.
just bitten the bullet and placed an order for this monstrous amplifier as thoughts of my demo at Musicraft on this unit kept lingering through my mind for the whole month of December.
Listening of the SIA2-150 reveals a fast, clean transparent sound that never runs out of power and control. Perfect match for my ATC speakers, and a host of other brands. Straight to the top of the league. 150 watts per channel. Class A/B operation. Hand built in the UK using only the very brightest and best West Country gnomes.5 RCA inputs, Record, sub and pre outputs that will do me good for a long while with room for future improvements.
Thanks again to Rick for all the helpful advice and options that i had at my disposal before making this choice
Sounds very good, pleased you are enjoying it.
good decision ben! it really is a sensational amp.
the SIA2-150 is fast and punchy with massive power supply which puts in its own league for accurate music reproduction and the end product is engaging results on the SCM 40.As you might be aware it allows music to be dynamic,controlled and full bodied. it weighs a ton as well so am looking at purchasing a new hifi rack to accomadte it and my existing hi-fi equipment.
On another note i took another unplanned drive to Musicraft on Sunday afternoon to visit Rick and have a quick peep of the Chord Electronics SPM 3005 Ultimate 5 channel power amplifier which Musicraft has in stock now. Unfortunately it was out on demo so could not be demoed. Rick had the Monitor Audio PL300 AV package on set up so i asked if he could do a demonstration with the Yamaha Z11.
I was amazed by the performance which left me thinking on my way back on the M1 southbound. i had a good think through the night and back at work yesterday.At 14:05 yesterday i called Rick and ordered the Platinum AVpackage.
All i need now is to save up and get some meaty amplifier be it pre/power combination or Z11. Any suggestions here???
I now have the SIA2-150 with the SCM40 for my music listening in the bedroom and making way for the Platinums to be positioned in the living room area.
I'm very happy today i just unboxed the MA RX2's and Centre and well quite frankly me and my brother were a bit . Reason why i hear you ask? Well I have Q Acoustic 1010i speakers and i've upgraded to MA RX2's and the RX2's are BIIIIIIG. i'm still grinning though haha. That is one reason I am happy but there are two others.
The second being i heard Chord Electronics SPM 3005 Ultimate 5 in full motion. Yes when i went in on monday I heard Ben had been in but he hadn't heard it but I had heard it second time today. It was amazing to say the least power delivery is simply a astonishing. I listened to it with my brother and Rick with the Old Spice advert and that classic track. Ben when you go to Derby to pick up your Platinum range be sure to ask rick to give you a demo of the amazing Chord SPM 3005. I listened to them with RX8's and Dynaudio bookshelfs and just when i thought you can't surpass the Dynaudio speakers as i was bowled over by them I heard the RX8's as Rick kindly demoed me them as I'm getting those to. I could hear the music surround me and I could imagine myself playing an epic game or being totally engrossed in a movie it made me BELIEVE that I was sitting in an orchestra being surrounded by music.
I'm very very thankful to Rick for letting me listen to the Chord and demoing the speakers i'm thrilled to bits with my new speakers so don't be surprised if i go quiet for a while to come.
Many many many thanks to Rick once again for superb advice and making me a very very happy man and my brother who isn't too easily convinced by anything :s.
Oh before i sign off Ben my friend I hope you come to Derby fast or Rick has made a deal with me, If you don't turn up (AND BUY THE CHORD AMP he said I could have your Platinum series as your such a generous customer
i picked up my platinum 300 AV package from Musicraft this afternoon and am so excited about it.
I had my mind on my speakers all week and upon arriving at Ricks the sight of it just put a smile on my face.just before i even took a seat in the shop i spotted the Chord electronics SPM 3005 monstrous multi power amplifier.
i literally told Rick to fire this beast up as i took my seat in a relax position listening to Alicia Keys.the sheer power that emanated from the amplifier left smiles on my face instantly and all i could think of was this unit behing my platinums.Presentation was not tinged with any descernable electronic coloration. Quiet and loud sounds throughout my listening period of the tracks had so much dynamism.
hand-built product which go beyond the requirements of stereo and multi-channel high end systems and delivers a stunningly dynamic and transparent performance.
i hope Rick will lend me his SPM3005 for my birthday party in a few months times
Will this amplifier be next on the hitlist???only time and miracles will tell.
Will i recommend it!! without a doubt.
these a few pics i managed to take just before i left Musicraft with my PL300 AV package. more to follow
Once again a big thank you to Rick for having the time to answer all the ???? i put to him with regards to my Platinums,amplifier upgrade.
SPM 3005 in night mode
Front panel of the beast SPM3005
that looks scary! dont forget to review the platinums mate - im intrested how they compare to the scm40's for stereo use , and how are you getting on with the atc amp? im considering upgrading from my i30 so im quite keen to hear what it sounds like with my scm40's.
All i can say is that you are never going to look back when you upgrade to the SIA2-150. The sheer control and dynamism of the amplification .
The SIA2-150 uses the same gain-reduction and protection circuits ATC packs into its bi- and tri-amped active speakers to prevent amplifier clipping at high output levels-which can damage loudspeaker drivers.Powerful, dynamic, and virtually colourless, it's major league all the way.
In combining this amplifier to the SCM 40 voices are better served than usual,when playing music you can hear the full depth of expression and richness of tone whether the voice in question be high or low.
When i play my loud music the bass is tight,deep, though not floor bending and controlled.Due to the partnering amplification the SCM40 remains consistent whatever level you play back at.Except everything sound real if you play at a higher level because the scale and pressure increases but the distortion does not and the current flowing from SIA2-150 is continuous.
Hope this reassure's you on the SCM40 and the upgrade path to the SIA2-150.
i now have the SCM40 in my bedroom permanently for stereo listening.will report back on the platinums once its been set up as am still in the market for some meaty amps to drive the platinums.
Popped into Musicraft yesterday and picked up this!
Pleasure seeing Rick, as always. Even bigger pleasure getting my hands on my gorgeous new dac, Chord QBD76 in brilliant silver (nickel plate).
If I can figure a way of getting it online, I'll post a link to the .pdf Rick e-mailed me, explaining just what it is that makes the QBD76 different to any other dac.
I also had a listen to the monstrous Chord SPM3005. It is absolutely massive, looks better then just about anything and sounds great in 2 channel duties - totally effortless power. Does anyone need a new kidney? One careful owner....
That's a nice looking (and sounding!) DAC you've got there Craig!