I’m thinking of getting the active SCM40a’s for the front room but would need to drive these from a single box solution. I have an Atom in that room just now driving Proac Tablettes and could initially drive the ATC’s with the Atom’s pre-outs and it might even be very good but I know these speakers will deserve a lot better.
The obvious choice would of course be a 272 but I’m a Roon addict and would have to fudge it with a UPNP bridge. The pre-outs of a Nova might be an upgrade on the Atom I suppose but it feels like redundancy with the wasted amps in the all-in-ones.
I could just wait and see if the 272 gets replaced this year and use my Atom in the meantime but what about the new streamers? Can these digitally control volume on a remote control (not just in the app) and output direct to the ATC’s? I don’t really need a full pre-amp here if there is at least one toslink input on the streamer (for the telly). If they can control volume, how is that implemented, fully dithered or via bit reduction?
Anyone tried this with the new streamers yet?
On the other hand when I first got the Atom there was that one time when the system glitched and it gave full volume all of a sudden and my little Proac nearly fell off their stands. Gave us all a fright. I wouldn’t want that to happen on active ATC’s!!
Any advice greatfully received.