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[WTD] Proac Speakers

Discussion in 'classifieds' started by Colin131, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Colin131

    Colin131 pfm Member

    After having narrowly missed out on a pair of Studio 125s the other week I’m on the lookout for some Proacs.

    Would consider smaller floorstanders. Such as:

    Studio 125
    Studio 130 or 140
    Response 1.5
    Response D15
    Response D18
    Response 2.5
    Response D25

    Would also consider some standmounts such as:

    Tablette 50
    Tablette 50 sig
    Tablette anniversary
    Tablette 2000
    Response 2
    Response 2S
    Studio 100
    Studio 110

    Or similar

    Would also consider the CC one centre speaker but I’m going to need two of them. I guess it’s highly unlikely I’d find two at the same time, but putting it out there anyway!
  2. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Having had 3 x ProAc Response speakers (3s, 3.5s and 4s), I'd strongly suggest that you put the 2.5s at the top of your list. If you can accommodate the 3.5s, you'll never want another speaker. Mine were lovely, and in many ways better than the 4s, both of which I had for a number of years. My friend bought a pair to go on the end of higher Naim kit 15 years ago and still can't wean himself off them. Warmish side of neutral, dynamic, small footprint and excellent imaging.

    ERICLIMPIT pfm Member

    Just sold my old pair of Studio 100 last week on eBay, if you're going for Proac standmounts the Studio 100 is their best ever & by some distance imho
  4. Colin131

    Colin131 pfm Member

    Thanks Mike. Yes indeed the 2.5 is up high on my list. I had a pair in the past and loved them. Had to sell them due to finance issues at the time. Very musical and smooth with very good, textured and deep bass.
    I also had some studio 125s before which sounded a little similar but not as good or as big sounding as the 2.5s.

    The 3.5 is a bit too heavy and big for my small room!

    I had a friend a decade or so ago that swore by the Studio 100s, so they must be v good. Would love to hear them.
  5. TheFlash

    TheFlash Superhero of Sound

    My first ever "serious" speakers were ProAc Studio 125's. I went into Leicester Hifi (now defunct) to audition some Quad something or other and the guy let me hear them and then said "just listen to these too". Different league. They begat Studio 140's (fab bass but less midrange magic) then ProAc D30R then D30RS. I flipped to some pretty awesome ATC SCM40A actives but still miss that ProAc magic at times.

    I live in Leicestershire and have an apartment in my home town of Kendal where I have two hifi systems. The second system is a mix of desirable stuff and some odds and sods. Included in "desirable stuff" is an absoultely mint pair of boxed 125's in burr walnut (I think - burr something) which I bought last year as a bit of a nostalgia trip - and have not been disappointed.

    Will PM.
  6. Colin131

    Colin131 pfm Member

    Just to update. I didn’t go for the Studio 125s as posted above (thanks for offering them Nigel), so am still looking for a pair of Proacs.
  7. MrMac

    MrMac pfm Member

    Good luck with your search,I love Proacs.
    5.2 system Future Point 5 fronts,Studio 150 rears.
    Two channel D48r
    I have mint pair of Hexa surplus.
    Regards Malcolm.
  8. Colin131

    Colin131 pfm Member

    Sounds like you have a great system. I’ve never heard a pair of Proacs with ribbon tweeter. They must sound great. I’ll pm you about the Hexas. They would come in handy as surround back speakers. Cheers Colin.
  9. hifinutt

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  10. MrMac

    MrMac pfm Member

    That's what I used them for before using the 150 floorstanders for rears.

    Magical results with Anthem MRX710,you're welcome to have a listen.

    Regards Malcolm
  11. MrMac

    MrMac pfm Member

    Ps,the D48r has to be experienced.
    Regards Malcolm.
  12. Colin131

    Colin131 pfm Member

    Thanks for the tip but those D28s are out of my price range. I’m ideally looking for a pair of Response 2,5s, if only I could find a pair.
  13. cnocmoy10

    cnocmoy10 pfm Member

    What is your price range?
  14. Colin131

    Colin131 pfm Member

    Price range is about £250 (which is around the cheapest I’ve seen a pair of tattier 125s go for), to about £700 ish (which would be my upper limit for a good pair of Response 2.5s.- I’ve seen tattier examples go for less). I’ve seen all the speakers listed go for well between this price range. The only exception is the D25 which I’d consider up to about £950 ish.
  15. Pravstar

    Pravstar Member

    I sold one pair of my 2.5s for £580 on ebay a few months ago. Aesthetically the wood looked worn but they were in perfect working order.
    The other pair of 2.5s i have are in a premium dark rosewood finish which ill sell one day for 800 ish.

    I owned a 125 and 1.5 before that but ill upgrade to a ribbon proac one day
  16. Ruairi

    Ruairi pfm Member

    How much did you sell them for just out of curiosity?

    ERICLIMPIT pfm Member

    Sold for £1100 & regretting it already:(
  18. Ruairi

    Ruairi pfm Member

    I've seen a few people recommending that model. Tis food for thought.

    ERICLIMPIT pfm Member

    They are quite the perfect speaker, pulling that rare trick of being musical and involving, yet providing amazing detail but without the listener fatigue, simply wonderful.
    Haven't heard the replacement SM100 yet but hope to soon.
    Taken from Deco Audio website

    ProAc Studio SM100


    The SM100 is the successor to the classic Studio 100 - one of our all time favourite stand mounted speakers. To understand this new model it’s best to consider its predecessor first. It was a design that was kept in production for two decades as it was highly prized by those in the know for its naturalness and accuracy, yet simultaneously was perhaps ProAcs best kept secret, often being overlooked in the press. Over the years it has found homes in many domestic and professional settings - in the case of the latter the list of famous names that own them is impressive - from heavy metal and dance musicians and engineers through to many more sedate genres.

    We were very sad when they finished production (in fact ProAc had several aborted attempts to discontinue them as demand kept pushing them back into production) and we were concerned that they wouldn’t reach the same heights again, but thankfully it appears our fears were unfounded. I’m delighted to say that the new SM100 is remarkably close to the original, both in terms of design, sound quality and presentation. The cabinets are still reassuringly weighty and dead and of the same size as the original. The classic combination of soft dome tweeter and paper mid/bass driver is thankfully retained too. A new 1” tweeter, and crossover, is used, with the bass driver featuring the latest ProAc cast basket and a rubber rather than foam roll surround, making them more robust (and longer lasting in humid climates).

    At the time of writing I have not back to backed the old model with the new, but think I am sufficiently familiar to make comparison with reasonable confidence. First thoughts are that the new model strikes me as being much easier to partner. The old model would spit out inferior electronics, revealing greyness and grain wherever it existed. For us it was never really a problem, we took care to make sure they were partnered with the right (predominately valve) amplification and high quality sources, and then music simply happened.

    So they are more forgiving, but they don’t seem any less transparent, which is quite something to pull off if true. They still thrive on great partnering systems of course, but remarkably tolerate inferior ones without disdain (although do remember this is still as serious a speaker as you’d expect of one at its price, so it’s all relative).

    Unlike most speakers used in studios there’s no obvious presence lift, they’re not relentless and tiring and they don’t make you feel like a giant magnifying glass has been placed over certain elements of the recording at the expense of others (and of musical enjoyment).

    What has always made the 100 special is the mid band, and that’s still the case. It is expressive, clear and natural to a very rare degree - compare it to many British classic highly regarded monitors that use plastic cones and you’ll hear just how contorted and contrived they really are. This isn’t a one trick pony though, there isn’t an area that lets them down, the treble is open and extended, the crossover beautifully judged. The bass is clean, tuneful and as extended and powerful as can be expected of a cabinet of this size and with this level of sensitivity (a perfectly reasonable 88dB). They image, they time, they portray emotion - you get the gist!

    Finishes: Cherry or Black Ash real wood veneers. Other special order finishes available for a premium, please contact us for details.

    Dimensions: Height 40.6cm, Width 20.3cm, Depth 25.5cm

    Proac Studio SM100 loudspeakers £1,905.00
  20. Metlor

    Metlor Member

    Hi Colin,
    Not sure if you're still looking, but I have a pair of cherry studio 125's.
    I'm in Chesterfield.
    Cheers mart

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