ProAc Response 3.8 Floorstanding Speakers

4.29/5 (17 Reviews) MSRP : $7200.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by b318isp a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I'd like start by saying I only buy hifi occastionally. I'll take an age auditioning stuff, buy what I want and then keep it for years - around 10+ years on average. However I broke this practice when I moved house a few years ago. I was using very sweet and fast System Audio SA1850s, but were way too bass light for the bigger room they ended up in.

So after perhaps two years of use, I started out looking for replacements. To cut a long story short, the Proac 2.5 was the closest to the sound I wanted, but still a little bass shy. After wasting months waiting for a trade in pair of 3.5s to audition, I ended up blindly importing a pair of 3.8s instead. Having never heard them, I was going against everything I normally do in picking gear! However, I was confident of the ProAc sound.

Other than being bigger than expected, initial impressions were a little underwhelming. For such expensive speakers I expected them to jump down my throat - and this may account for some people thinking that they are not dynamic. It's only after a few days of listening did it really sink in that the quality of these speakers is that they emphasise nothing. (That said, they have two rear reflex ports, so are critical in terms of positioning to get the bass right - and the bass could easily overwhelm a small room). Like a good interconnect, they snoothen the sound so that prominances diminish.

Careful listening revealed that there was very little to criticise. Some may misinterpret a lack or top end zing for attack or speed, but its all there, but not shouting for attention. The midrange may not be as melodius as some other speakers, but I certainly noticed a significant jump in the intelligibility of speech and improved instrument seperation.

These speakers also go down below 30Hz (@-3db), but you need a biggish room for these wavelenghts going properly. I've also previously mentioned careful room placements to get the best bass, but the speakers themselves are fast and very powerful. I expected the bass to be slower than the 13cm drivers of the System Audio's, but I had no issues given the autrhoity the 3.8s can command.

Integration across the three driver's crossovers is superb. Soundstaging is good once toe in relative to the lsitening position is done carefully. The tweeters are offset from the centre line, to the inward side - and this seems to help. In some other speakers I tried, the vertical soundstage seemed unnatural, with some sounds coming from very high up - however the 3.8 once again keep this in check, with better front to rear staging instead.

So, in conclusion, the ProAc Response 3.8s are a finely crafted design. There are no whizz bang pyrotechnics here, just a polished, professsional and balanced sound. Some say that the best hifi does nothing at all, and I'd argue that the 3.8s go a long way to doing that.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Poj a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This product is not reliable, don't use ProAc

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $7200.00

Purchased At:   4D Thailand



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

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I do not regard myself as an audiophile but I am a true music lover who listen to all kinds of music having more than 3000 LPs and CDs.
I had spent more than 10 years to find THE SPEAKER to listen my music properly. I kept purchased & sold until 2002 including Nautilus, Wilson, Virgo, JBL 4xxx, Dynaudio, KEF, JM labs, Harbeth, Rogers....
These do not have such a great speed & dynamics of Wilson's nor huge soundstage of Virgo,... nothiing stand out. But these were the speakers produced all the music emotionally ... with great musicality,too.

The review below... I believe some people just left the review without posession. Try to build 3.8 and compare your poor craftmanship. It will be wasting time & your energy. All the proac users know how beautiful these speakers are. truly the work of art. There's no reason these speakers receiving less than 4 stars. It could be 4 for some but there's something on Proacs for the fellow like me .

I won't say these are the best. It's subjective thing.

If you can find these on the used market like ebay or audiogon , do yourself a favor and finish searching the best. ( And if you can, find premium Yew or Ebony)

Happy listening.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $8700.00

Purchased At:   stereo exchange, New



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by James a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The mids are Scan-Speak 8545's - you can buy your own at Meniscus, Madisound, Solen, or others. I built a pair of these "ProAc" speakers for under $1000 (Plus tons of time in the shop); they sound SWEET.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



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

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
To respond to Mike Z, the drivers to not even cost near $1000, the drivers themselves can be had dirt cheap. $140 a piece for the woofers and $55 for the tweeters, they are basic mass produced Scan-Speak drivers. Although the actual ones in the ProAc's may be slightly modified.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000




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