ProAc Response D100, one of the best speakers in the world, ever. Period!
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Grinnell, I also heard the Response D40R with a Grommes phi26. It is a great sounding combination.
I currently have a pair of Response 2.5 with Quicksilver V4 amps and it is a very good combination in my room.
I have had a number of Proac speakers, booth stand and floor, and my current combination sounds the best to me.
I have owned the Response 1s, 1sc, 2, 2s, 1.5 and 2.5 and have heard most of the Studios and Tablettes, as well as Response 3 and 3.5 and d38(was importer in country for close to 10 years). All have the typical Proac sound and in right room and with right amplification, they can sing. I prefer the original Response 2, will take the 1sc to island as my last speaker, but dont care much for the 2.5s(big bass and veiled mids compared to smaller 2 or 1scs, but was probably, after the Tablettes, Proac most successful mdoel).
After several years of really enjoying the Response 2, I also tried the 3 and the 2.5 (and still kept the 2). I think a lot of what me, Jperry, Stefan-air and others observed might have to do with amplification used. The 2 had a very benign impedence that was perfectly suited to the Audio Research amps I had at the time, particularly the old, classic D76A, but those same amps seemed to not match up with the 2.5 and like Stefan-air I kept getting bloated bass. And my amps probably didn't provide the 3 with enough boogie factor.
That is a good point Ladok. I used the Response 2 with a number of amps (Quad 909, Cary Rocket 88, Roksan Caspian integrated) and it worked well with all of them. At the time I had a smaller (8 X 10 X 8) listening room and listened very near field. When I moved I found that the Response 2 did not work as well in my larger room (11 X 17 X 10). I was considering adding subwoofers, but ran across a pair of Response 2.5 locally, and they added the bass I was missing. They are inefficient, but matched with the Quicksilver V-4 there is enough power to fill the room.
I would like to say this was carefully planned, but it involved more getting lucky. It takes the right match with the room and the right speaker/amp combination to achieve the desired results.
There is no doubt the Response 2 is a great speaker, and I am a fan of the Proac house sound.
I ended up with something that worked for me.
Two other speakers I really like in the current Proac line are the Tablette Anniversary and the D30
I don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but since you guys are all gathered :-) Is a 12x12 room too small for the Response 3? I've never heard them but I've heard the D2, D15, D25 and Studio 140 and loved all of them, and wondering if the Response 3 can be used in a small-ish room with listening distance of around 6 feet.
I have the 3's, and love them. They do need the right amp, and room. I would guess 12 X 12 would be a bit small. I tried several amps and was so disappointed I wouldn't even use them. My friend has them running w some vintage threshold gear, so I knew what they could do. They need good power or you won't like them. I've got a big Arcam HT amp driving them now and I'm happy. It's still not the perfect match, but does the trick at the moment.