So we had a weekend shoot out at my place for some bookshelves speakers. The contestants were :
ATC SCM 11
Audio note AN2
Some small speaker from ascendo
All driven by my parasound halo fed tidal by wxc-50.
The stars of the show were the PMC db1i's and the ATC's. It was too close between the both of them . But for musicality the PMC's were great. And for detail the ATC were great. And I just realised that I liked the ATC over the PMC. They had so much body to the sound and the vocals. And the PMC's despite their sweet mid range were lean .
Next was the ascendo. This was my friends small surround speaker, and was really awesome and balanced. This small maverick was so convincing, that if there was a speaker of considerable size like the the rest of the bookshelves , it would trample everything else. But it was too small to compete , but very promising.
Next were the audionote. On first listen there was absolutely no bass. So I stopped and checked my amp. With these speakers sitting just 5cms off my back wall, they couldn't produce any bass with a 160w @ 8 ohms amp . I was really surprised. As I expected they were designed to run with low powered tube Amps. But that bass hole was too gnawing to ingnore.
Coming to the genelac's...one of my friends who is mostly a critic, preferred these genelac's over the scm40A. And with the scm40A being my end system. I had high hopes to get blown. And this friend also had them on sale. So I could have bought them if I liked them enough. But alas...fed from the parasound's pre amp outputs via rca to XLR cables. They didn't sound anywhere close to hifi. Iam sure they needed a better dac. But those were my impressions.