It's actually very interesting you should ask as, when I A/B'd them on Saturday there was another guy came in the shop wanting to hear them and asked me if I minded if he sat in whilst I listened. Both the 19's and 40's were given a bit of a leathering by the rep in the shop and I have to say handled it very well. However, the guy who came in with me kept insisting he turned them down to more moderate levels for a while. It was a good shout.Romulus said:From other peoples impressions ATC 40 A and ATC 19A are great sonic speakers, but my slight worry is that in regard to ATC 40A quite a few people say it does not come to its own until one hears them from middle volume to high, however one reviewer praised the ATC 19A (Branski) as being able to sound just as good on more modest volumes. I just wondered if any one else have heard the ATC 19A at all volume levels and what impressions they formed. Maybe ATC speakers were not designed for modern apartments where sound travels more freely between walls..?
I have to say that I thought they were still excellent and didn't lose any of their punch or detail as you can sometimes experience when they are not being driven so hard. Again, there was no doubt in my mind that the 40 is the better speaker (no surprises).
I haven't actually gone ahead and ordered anything yet as I still have the nagging doubt that both of them may be too big for my current room. I am taking a leaf out of Pedro2's book and having a listen to the AE1's and also Kef LS50w's on Friday and I'll decide after that.
For anyone with the right sized room (and wallet), I wouldn't hesitate to recommend both the 19's and 40's. The only other speaker I have ever been so impressed with (and for different reasons) was the Kudos Super 20's. I'd love to own a pair of those active but it would mean all the Linn Exakt nonsense.