Have just sold the Harbeth SHL5 and am going to audition the SCM40 soon. However the ATC dealer mentioned I would need a 500DR to drive the 40. He had a customer who uses the SN2 with the 40 and the amp clips above 85db volume (I assume no HicapDR). He recommends ATC 40A and to use the SN2 as pre.
Naim dealer told me the same, need at least a 300DR.
Another ATC dealer says no issue as his customer uses an all in one naim system (I assume its either the SU or nova) and drive the 40 well. So what gives?
ATC SCM 40 has a impedance not lower than 5 ohm with 85db/w sensitivity and traditionally not an easy speaker to drive. However, SN2's 80watt is no slouch. .
I am currently waiting for the NDX2 and presently have the Allodigital One>NDAC>SN2/HicapDR. I would appreciate feedback from existing ATC 40 owner on their experience. Thanks