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Who has heard the new Proac Tablette 10?

Discussion in 'audio' started by Jodet, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Jodet

    Jodet pfm Member

    It's a speaker I've been wanting Proac to make for thirty years - bigger than a tablette, sealed box, and sized exactly like an LS3/5a.

    So.... anyone?

  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Oooh, very interesting. I've always really liked little ProAcs (I've owned Tablette 50 Sigs and Ref 8 Sigs). Without the port they could be something very special indeed. I know Stewart Tyler was playing around with a modern LS3/5A variant on eBay under the Celef brand a few months ago (I think it was basically ProAc drivers in a proper LS3/5A cab, e.g. with grilles etc). I guess this is the proper commercial version. I'd like to hear a pair sometime.

    PS Great to see some choice in infinite baffle mini-monitors, from memory we now have the Falcon LS3/5A, the Stirling and Graham variants, the Harbeth P3ESR, Spendor S3/5R. Now imagine how cool it would be to stick something like this in a nice low-mass non-resonant cylindrical metal cabinet...
  3. Gromit

    Gromit Plasticine Dog

    Sealed box - hallelujah!!!

    Being a fan of titchy speakers, I'd be very keen to hear a pair of these.
  4. Jodet

    Jodet pfm Member

    I've owned more LS35a's than I can remember (including Falcon - the best, IMHO), Spendors, Harbeths, all the contenders to the throne.

    This is the most interesting model I've seen in a long time.
  5. Cato

    Cato pfm Member

    Looks really interesting ! Will defo go to hear them soon. Have owned the original tablettes, the tablette 50s and 1SCs in the past.

    Fair price too compared to all the other ls3/5a reissues
  6. Spectre

    Spectre pfm Member

    I've not heard these but have owned both Tablette Anniversary and Response D1. To me Proac are music genre specific sounding great with rock pop and even jazz but I don't think they have the timbre, tonal richness or weight to convey the massed strings of an orchestra convincingly. They are great sounding speakers but nothing like Spendor, Harbeth or LS/35A in character and being infinite baffle I'd guess they have a lot let upper bass, the Anniversary is very good in this respect.
  7. Alco

    Alco pfm Member

    That's funny,...this week I also thought about starting a topic like this. (but forgot to do so)

    I suddenly noticed these speakers last week on a Dutch HiFi store webpage, and also got very curious!
    They look good, and I like the fact that finally there's a new speaker that might/should work close to a back-wall.

    Here in Holland the Proac's price is more than 50% less, compared to the Falcon LS3/5a. (which imho is ridiculously priced at € 2750,- / pair)
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    The Falcon price is hugely annoying. I'm kicking myself for not buying a pair direct when they were on offer at £1250 I think. I'd love to have a nice pair of LS3/5As knocking about as it is one classic speaker I've never owned. I'm pretty close with my fully restored and rebuilt JR149s (Falcon B110s and T27s), but I'd love to spend time really comparing them. Very interested in the ProAc interpretation too, we need a proper infinite baffle mini-monitor shoot-out as there are so many interesting ones at present. I've not even heard the Spendor S3/5R yet and that one is years old!
  9. Elephantears

    Elephantears Trunkated Aesthete

    What I'd love them to do is a larger monitor, roughly the size of the D2 or preferably a bit bigger, but using the carbon fibre woofer that they have on the D30R and 40R, and also a sealed box.

    I think that Proac's mix of carbon woofer and ribbon works superbly. I notice they've also got a new version of the D30R, the D30S, which seems to be an incremental change. I just really wish they'd use the carbon fibre in the smaller models.
  10. antonio1

    antonio1 pfm Member

    yes me, at the Milan hiend show last month or so.
    Driven by Bryston, I liked them a lot.
    I do believe the response line is due to a revision, hopefully after DB1 and 30R will see the same bass driver for the 20's and maybe d2's?.
  11. davidavdavid

    davidavdavid EARWAG

    am at a loss, and truly curious - what is this love affair with sealed box standpoint speakers? is this something particular to Britain/Europe....just find it "peculiar" that over here in States, there is not a shared affinity to the scale I experienced first hand when I was living in London.
  12. rontoolsie

    rontoolsie pfm Member

    The sealed box approach (acoustic suspension) was essentially an American design and was once hugely popular in Advent, Infinity et al speakers. There are some very real advantages to such an approach, which in some instances outweigh all the disadvantages.
  13. Pinky

    Pinky In suspense, not compressed

    I'm surprised that ProAc decided to designate this new speaker as a Tablette as it seems such a departure from the historic design philosophy (and materials).
    Intriguing though and I'm looking forward to hearing a pair whenever the opportunity arises.
  14. Cato

    Cato pfm Member

    Also has something to do with the fact that most British living rooms are much smaller than in the US and small speakers, including those suitable for near wall placement, are easier to integrate in the room
  15. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    As Cato states, smaller domestic rooms here, create standing waves in the 40-60Hz region the traditional advice was to buy a speaker with limited bass extension, personally I prefer to hear everything on the file.
  16. Jodet

    Jodet pfm Member

  17. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    Very interesting and Proac supply them in silk white too..
  18. fatmarley

    fatmarley Registered User

    I prefer the lower group delay, no port chuff and bass roll-off of a sealed box that suits most uk rooms better (once you add room boundary reinforcement and room pressurisation gain).

    There's no need for limited extension If you choose the right bass driver.
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

  20. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

    Wonder if a NAIT 2 could drive them?

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