ATC SCM50 ASLT Loudspeaker

Audiophiles and active loudspeakers have had, shall we say, an uneasy relationship over the years. The squabble goes something like this: Active speakers (defined here as speakers equipped with on-board amplifiers and electronic crossovers) are the outsiders, creations of and for the recording studio—only pros need apply. The argument continues that while active designs tout tonal accuracy, they are just as often described as amusical and clinical-sounding beasts geared to play all day and night at ear-splitting levels. Some of these generalizations contain seeds of truth, but many are mere clichés from a bygone era. Really, the only serious gripe …