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ProAc Tablette Reference 8
6 Reviews
rating  4.83 of 5
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Description: <ul> <li>Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms</li> <li>Frequency Response: 40hz to 30Khz</li> <li>Sensitivity: 86db linear for 1 watt at 1 metre</li> <li>Tweeter: 1" soft silk dome</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by westsounds a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2010

Bottom Line:   
One word for these speakers is Stunning. Proac make some of the best speakers on the planet at any cost !

Having been into HiFi for over 20 years I have owned a lot of equipment but this is one piece of equipment I don’t want to get rid of again. These are my second set as I thought I would upgrade the first set. As I was listening to them ( and enjoying ) I then thought wow that sounds absolutely amazing imagine what would it sound like if I paid double the money etc, etc. Well don’t do it I was wanting what the Ref 8s where already giving me.

They not going to shake the house that’s impossible, but they will surprise you as they can go very loud without distortion but they will have their limits due to the size. What they do best is get you closer to the music, what you feel is there is nothing getting between you and the recording. Every time I listen I am amazed by some things and at times astounded by what they can do, even when listening to sources like radio stations not just CD.

I swear I have listened to some recordings where apart from hearing, enjoying and feeling the music I felt that I could actually see what the artist was doing. Things like maybe the facial expressions they where using and this may sound strange but how they where actually feeling at the time of the recording. I have never felt this with any other speaker I have owned apart from some other Proacs I owned.

I thought I better contribute to this forum simply because I have read hundreds of reviews on here and they do give you an opinion about things that perhaps a magazine could not.

To name a couple of speakers ive owned for comparison sake. Examples such as Jamo concert 8, Proac 1SC, Epsos es11, es15, Acoustic energy AE1, mission 753, Ruark Sceptre……they all have their different strengths and weaknesses but the ref 8 wipes the floor with the lot in my opinion. Some say they could be used as a professional monitor but I don’t know about that TBH. Yes they do give you everything but I would say they put it in a nice way rather than exposing all the weaknesses which I thought a good studio monitor may do. Overall though I would say that they are very neutral to the recording.

They are very expensive and they don’t look like much but you will realize after a while why. I wish I had discovered these years ago but then would I have realized then that they were something very special? May be not, but im glad I have them now. v

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thunderbird1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I HAVE SOME PROAC TABLETTE REFERENCE 8 SPEAKERS AND SOME REFERENCE 8 SIGNATURE SPEAKERS. I ACTUALLY PREFER THE ORIGINAL REFERENCE 8s. THE SIGNATURES ARE CLEARLY ACCOMPLISHED SPEAKERS BUT THE ISSUE I HAVE WITH THEM IS THAT THEY'RE VERY FUSSY ABOUT POSITIONING AND PARTNERING EQUIPMENT. I HAVE USED A SOLID STATE AND TUBE/SOLID STATE HYBRID WITH THEM AND FOUND THEM TO BE AGGRESSIVE SOUNDING AND A BIT TREBLE HAPPY. I AGREE TOTALLY WITH ONE OF THE OTHER REVIEWERS WHO STATED THAT THEY LOVE TUBE AMPLIFIERS. I HAVEN'T HAD THE CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THEM WITH A DEDICATED TUBE AMPLIFIER BUT I CAN TELL THAT THEY'RE QUALITY SPEAKERS THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM THAT. IN TERMS OF DETAIL, DYNAMICS AND BASS PUNCH THEY BEAT THE ORIGINALS HANDS DOWN. IN TERMS OF MUSICALITY AND OPENNESS I FIRMLY PREFER THE ORIGINALS. IN MY SYSTEM, WHICH CONSISTS OF A PRIMARE I30, COPLAND CDA823 AND CHORD CABLES, WHEN I LISTEN TO THE SIGNATURES I LISTEN TO THE SOUND, WHEN I LISTEN TO THE ORIGINAL REFERENCE 8s, I LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. ONE WORD OF WARNING THOUGH, THE OTHER GUY WHO RECOMMENDED PAIRING THE REFERENCE 8s WITH AN ARCAM SOLO - DONT DO IT! I TRIED THAT BASED ON HIS ADVICE AND I DONT THINK THE SOLO IS ANYWHERE NEAR GOOD ENOUGH FOR THESE SPEAKERS.

IN FAIRNESS I THINK THE SIGNATURES, IN THE RIGHT SYSTEM, WILL WHIP THE ORIGINALS BUT IF YOU DON'T GET IT RIGHT THEY GRATE.

IN CONCLUSION, THESE ARE BOTH VERY DECENT SPEAKERS. I'D GIVE THEM BOTH 5 STARS FOR VALUE AND OVERALL. HOWEVER, DON'T BUY THE SIGNATURES UNLESS THEY'RE GOING TO BE PAIRED WITH A TUBE AMPLIFIER. NOT UNLESS YOU'RE AFTER A FAST, EDGY, EXCITING (PERHAPS TOO EXCITING) SOUND ANYWAY.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michaeleigh a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I own the Ref Signatue version of this speaker. Wide open soundstage plenty of attack and detail without sound harsh or foward. Demands the best amplification and source components one can afford, otherwise they will sound dreadful!

Although I listen to jazz fusion, and classical music this speaker is best suited to the latter. Many say the Tablettes need a sub-woofer? I dissagree. Properly set up this speaker has plenty of bass., of course they are suited to small to medium size rooms.

In my opinion the Tablettes sound their best with valve/tube gear. I drive mine with PSE 300B amplifer giving 20watts per channel connected to Chord mains cable, chord epic speaker cable, chord signature Interconnect, and Marantz SA11-S1 CD player. Speaker stands are the fabulous Partington Dreadnought Broadsides. These speakers require very good stands.

The result is stunning, the speakers completely dissapear as one is encapsulated in music.

If you choose to use a turntable, again the ProAcs need a quality product. Attaching anything less the limitations will be ruthlessly revealed. I use Clearaudio Emothion turntable with Graham Slee phono amp2 . I only have 150 LPs and have over 1500 CDs so didn't want to spent more for my table but the results are extremely good better than CD.

Be prepared to allow the speakers a long run-in and placement to a rear wall 12 to 15inches shoud suit. Dont forget use high quality speaker cable its worth it.

Hope this helps
Michaeleigh



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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $900.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ngoshawk a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2007

Bottom Line:   
A healthy tax return afforded us the ability to buy new kit, replacing 20+ year old gear. We dumped all, except my Klipsch Forte II speakers, which now grace my library. We first auditioned the Arcam Solo, and were sold on the ability to combine all into one (we are wanting to simplify items). Next we auditioned several sets of speakers, including the Arcam Alto's (nice, but fairly laid-back, and nothing special), Paradigm Reference Studio 20's (VERY wonderful speakers, which would be gracing our home, except...), Triangle (model illudes me), and finally the ProAc Tablette 8's. What an incredible little speaker! I equate this speaker to a stock looking but supercharged Miata that can take all but the most expensive sports cars, subtle while allowing the actions to speak louder that the looks.

The Paradigms are wonderful sounding, but when we put the ProAc's on, the difference was amazing. We did not even bother to ask the price, my wife and I knew that these were the speakers for us. We added a Paradigm PW-2100 subwoofer, and the system was complete.

The soundstage of the ProAc's is simply amazing. I have never heard a speaker with this much depth, in this size, in my life. I would love to spend $10,000 on a pair of speakers, but after hearing these, I am content for the next twenty years. I am not an esoteric listener, who MUST have the best, most expensive kit around, but do know a good deal when presented. This speaker, when aligned with a proper sub will give YEARS of fine listening pleasure.

I am also a voracious reader of reiews, and read everything I could about these little gems after purchase. I can definately agree that placement is of critical importance, but the current placement is closer to the wall than anything I read. The speaker simply disappears when asked, which is all one can ask of a quality speaker. Let me listen to the music, and this speaker fills the bill. The bass, while minimal, is surprisingly good, but I do think that the Paradigm "throws" the bass into the next room (the two are set in different rooms), covering the lack of truly low-end nicely. Everything I read about this speaker, states that a LONG run-in time was necessary. I now leave the speakers on all day, and the sound simply gets better, each day.

Run through Kimber Kable ATC4 speaker cables, simply make this speaker shine!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   SoundFX KC



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marc1609 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I also own the Signature version of this speaker. I use this speaker in a stereo setup in my living room. This room is L shaped and they are placed against the long wall. After a considerable time (weeks!) the speakers really opened up.
I use a modest amplifier, the Nad c320bee combined with an Ah Njoe Ttoeb cd4000 (fully upgraded) The speaker cable is from Siltech. Plus a Rel Quake sub. The Rel is almost set to the lowest volume possible but is still able to boost the low frequencies. In this setup the Proacs really shine. Giving a very open and lively presentation of music, withe a large sound stage (considering they are in a small room) with beautiful mids and plenty bass response. They don't come cheap but if you are a music lover looking for a small speaker then you should audition this. My next upgrade is place them on really good stands...

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Technology factory




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