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ProAc Response D28 Speakers Review

ProAc Response D28 Speakers Review


Well ProAc has had a long standing in my H-Fi history and I have owned them previously in the past and they are one of the finest British made speaker, well to be found anywhere in fact, I'll never forget a demo I had with a pair of D80's with Meridian Mono blocks powering each speaker and the Meridian 808i Signature CD player spinning some tunes and boy what a sweet sound that was and I was mesmerised for many hours, one of the best demo's I have ever had, such a powerful sound and superb imaging, well I could only but dream as those speakers need some serious room to breathe, so unless I manage to find a warehouse to live in I probably will not be owning them.

My first proper Hi-Fi that I owned consisted of Cyrus electronics and then a pair of Response D15's so you could say I am accustomed to their refinement already, so let's move on to the D28's then.

Setting Up

As you can imagine with a speaker of this calibre they come finely boxed and well protected, in fact the boxes are rather large and I would suggest someone to help to get them out of the boxes and lifted into place as they weigh in at roughly 27kg each so not exactly light, but what I will say is that they are not hard to place or fussy in fact and that is thanks to the side vents at the bottom of each speaker which used to be used only in there higher end range and gives it's bass response more authority while making then easier to place, a slight toe in to the listening position and you are ready to go, well not forgetting to connect up the speaker wire and I use all Chord Cables while not cheap I do think they make a difference to my system and systems I have had in the past so I quite like there cables.

The quality of how these speakers are made is exemplary and the Cherry Finish that I chose really do look quite beautiful in place.

Once in place the bottom plinth has four screw holes for each speakers conical feet and there is 8 in total 4 for each speaker, which makes then stand very solid with NO movement at all.

The speakers L&R can be depicted by the ProAc Tweeter being nearer to each relevant speaker or with the grills on the ProAc badge nearer again to each relevant speaker.

With the manual that comes with the speakers ProAc are very clear in that once in place to leave them breathe for a few hours before firing them up, which is a pain as you really want to just get them going, but this time lets them settle into the room and they say that the ideal temperature is 16C.

The Sound

ProAc recommend at least 1 week of running in before any serious auditioning should be done so I have just been playing them every day at moderate levels to allow run in time, in fact ProAc state that it can take up to a couple of months before there at their best!

Coming from studio monitors previously limited to 80hz which required a sub to run full range, is not needed now as these are proper Hi-Fi Speakers with a frequency response rated from 20hz-30khz and therefore there forte is most definitely 2 channel material and they certainly do not disappoint in this area, and atm I am not using a sub even for my multichannel system.

My source is the trustee Oppo BDP83 using its 2 channel output which is fairly good tbh as I have been using more expensive Red Book CD spinners in the past and the Oppo holds its own, and as the preamp is the Arcam AV888 with the Rotel RMB-1575 powering the speakers , so a nice mixture but which work and gel really well together.

Material used is a variety as I do like lots of different types of music ranging from Tori Amos/James Taylor to Sting/Police and even the more up to date Tiesto but that is used for the Multichannel part of listening which I will get on to later.

Tori Amos's album The Beekeeper is one of my favourites atm and the imaging that these speakers create is absolutely spot on with an almost holographic 3D picture being created and each instrument being placed in its correct place within the soundstage, and with herself moving back and forth while singing which gives me goose bumps as it really is a joy to listen to, also very forceful in its presentation too.

Both James Taylors albums October Road and New Moon Shine are superbly recorded albums and the ProAcs do his incredible talent justice with a dynamic and rhythmic presentation and once again the imaging is superb and when listening I always set these 2 albums on to repeat as they deserve a second round (laughs).

The Police albums that I have are some of their very early stuff and also the Best Of, so going back almost to the punk era of the early eighties and the music certainly steps up a gear and the ProAcs keep up with excellent timing in fact they do not put a foot wrong and makes you want to crank the volume up a bit to get those feet moving. The speakers stop and start on a dime and I am amazed at how low these speakers actually go as they are only two way floor standers but the bass is very low indeed and with a lot of Authority, an album that I found which really does give good bass is nor elle and in particular track 4 which is quite stunning!

This nicely leads me on to Multichannel Music/Movies and most members will remember my old set up which was a full M&K system and MX5100 sub which was quite a beast and one of the best I have heard and owned period, I am now currently running a 5.0 system but have ordered an BK XXLS400 sub to temporarily fill in until I have the funds to purchase a Fathom F113 which will really be made of use when watching movies with plenty of LFE, while the ProAcs go low they cannot break the laws of physics' and there cabinet sizes and 6.5inch mid bass driver cannot do what a proper sub woofer can.

I have plenty of SACD and DVD-Audio discs to listen to ranging from Steely Dan to War of the Worlds and these really need to be heard to be appreciated, my M&K's did a good job but the ProAcs really do do these discs justice with such a musical sound and more rhythm then the M&K's could of ever done, btw I am using the ProAc Studio centre speaker for my centre channel duties and it mates perfectly with the Response D28's keeping excellent tonal balance across the front soundstage.

Movies have also been a pleasure to watch and listen to with this new set up also and I have tried various films and Hero / Fearless and IP Man have been a few of my favourite movies to watch on the big screen lately which have excellent music and sound scores written for them, with subtle details being picked out which just sounds so right if you know what I mean.

I have had a few people over to listen to the speakers and all have come away impressed, a good one to use for demoing is the Dark Knight and have been using this as a marking point for people to judge and I honestly did get the question asked " so ok where is the sub? " and when I told them it was just the 28's doing all the bass as all other speakers are set to small and redirected bass to the main Left and Right speakers they could not believe how good they sounded and with such authority.


So to finish this mini review, I was very hesitant at first when selling my M&K speakers as I have enjoyed them for a good 5 years and would of hated to have made a mistake and choosing wrongly but thankfully I have not, I suppose as I am getting older I am preferring music more than I used to and I think the ProAc D28's are the speakers I have been looking for.
As I have only had them a short time they are supposed to improve even more as they bed into my system so plenty of more listening to be had and it will also be interesting to see what a sub brings to the mix, so will update this review with an extended version to follow.
The only negative point i can honestly give to these speakers is there ordinary looks other than that they really are star performers.

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Re: ProAc Response D28 Review

Technical Info for Response D28

Nominal Impedance

8 ohms

Recommended Amplifiers

10 to 200 watts

Frequency Response

20hz to 30Khz

88.5db linear for 1 watt at 1 metre

61⁄2” (165mm) ProAc unit, professionally made with coated polypropylene cone on die-cast chassis.

1” (25mm) ProAc silk dome with special surround and air cooling.

HQC network using the finest dedicated components, wired with multistrand oxygen free copper cable, split for bi-wiring/amping.

421⁄2” (1080mm) high on plinths with conical feet
8” (204mm) wide
111⁄4” (286mm) deep

60lbs (27kgs) each cabinet


Acoustically transparent crimplene

Available in the following real wood veneers: Black Ash, Maple, Mahogany, Cherry, Ebony and Bird's Eye Maple

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Re: ProAc Response D28 Review

Top man for going to the trouble of reviewing these John . As someone who loves music as well I can understand your switch, and from the sounds of things I should consider ProAc when looking at my own upgrade, just as soon as I am finished with subwoofery

How do you think something like a pair of these would work in my room (3.5 x 5). When I am happy and finished with the sub situation, I will be looking at making my HT into a bit of a 2-channel/HT combined and speakers will be my next upgrade.
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Re: ProAc Response D28 Review

Cheers Dan, I can say I am over the moon with these speakers, music wise they play everything so well and movies are also great so I am honestly not missing the M&K's.

I was considering the D38's but they would be too big for my room and my dealer was right the D28's are perfect for it's size which is roughly 3.5 x 5M so the same really, ProAc really do make great speakers and I would strongly urge you to consider them.
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Re: ProAc Response D28 Review

Well musicality is one of the reasons I never went for MK speakers. You just cant get the same sound from sats, period. Ive looked at a lot of speakers from Monitor Audio to XTZ, but a few brands pass me by, not least these.

I'll be sure to take a gander now though, not least as I have a fair bit of faith in your judgement for whatever reason .
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