Looking for some advice; after some new standmount/bookshelf speakers for a NAIM Nait5i setup which will be in a bog-standard 1930's semi sized lounge. Looking at a budget of around 750 pounds. Have heard good thinkgs about the ATC SCMii but understand the amp may be a little lightweight for them. Any suggestions for me to audition?
Thanks in advance.
The Nait 5i is perfectly capable of being partnered with SCM7/11 monitors as the Nait 5i has got sufficient quality and (unless you're going to listen at constant disco like levels) quantity of power. ATC's drive units are very constant thereby allowing an amplifier to give its full power (prior to clipping). Fwiw, having used a Nait 5i with SCM7/11 monitors on numerous occasions over the last two and a half years i've yet to find the Nait 5i run out of steam. I think you'll find the Nait 5i has more than enough power for the size of your room. Ultimately though SCM7/11's can benefit from even higher quality of amplification. But then again even Monitor Audio's BX2 speakers perform better as the more effectively the BX2's are energized. A NAD C326BEE does a perfectly good job with BX2's, with Cyrus Mono X' BX2's perform to an even higher level and with a Plinius Hiato the BX2's sound even better. Btw, if we bypass SCM19 monitors then if the Naim Uniti is deemed to adequate for SCM40 monitors then a Nait 5i with its superior quality of amplification will in comparison take SCM7/11 monitors in its stride
Anyway just to get a clearer picture -
Have you already got a pair of speakers? If so, what are they?
What source component/s are you using?
What do you generally listen to?
Is the room lightly or heavily furnished?
Room positioning of the new speakers (distance to walls, corners, will there be anything between the speakers such as a chimney breast, cabinet, windows etc.)?
Distance between the speakers?
Will anything be in the way of the speakers?
Will you stand, shelf or wall mount the speakers?
Speaker cables are?
What is your maximum budget?
With a new pair of speakers what kind of presentation are you looking for the system to reproduce?
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft