Perfectly in harmony with the “KISS” philosophy, ProAc has striven to stay out of the murky world of ‘unobtanium’ materials and unreasonably costly manufacturing techniques, both of which can be of dubious value.
Carefully constructed cabinets house bespoke drivers mated to crossovers of the highest quality. Stewart Tyler, ProAc’s founder and chief designer, was once quoted as saying “We do not make cheap speakers, and certainly do not make cheap sounds.” It’s this straightforward line of thought that has driven design over the last 35+ years. ProAc puts the time, effort and money where it counts, producing an honest product that achieves extraordinary performance at reasonable prices.
Of course, there is some wizardry in all of this and for ProAc it’s crossovers. Without the necessary time spent hand selecting components, tweaking values and getting them positioned just right, we would not have the sound that ProAc is legendary for. They spend the time to compare their speakers against the only true reference, live music. It’s a combination of amazing drive units properly placed in purpose-built cabinets and the crossover dialed to just the right balance. Get it right here, and the ‘magic’ happens.
Begun in 1973 under the brand name Celef, founder Stewart Tyler soon found himself at a crossroads -increase production capacity and potentially sacrifice quality or change tactics and focus on more expensive designs, produced in smaller quantities. The choice was clear and, soon after, he began marketing his speakers under the brand name ProAc (short for Professional Acoustics). Since inception, they have pushed at the edges of technology without short changing quality, while always with an eye towards the past. It is this long view that continues to inform ProAc’s direction into the future.
1973 – Celef founded
1979 – named changed to ProAc and first Tablette released to international acclaim
1987 – Super Tablette introduced
1989 – Response series first released
1991 – Tablette 2 introduced, Response series updated to ‘S’ models
1993 – Tablette 3 introduced
1997 – Response updated to ‘SC’ and floorstanding 2.5/3.5 models released
1998 – Tablette 50/50 Signature introduced
1999 – Tablette 2000/2000 Signature introduced
2000 – Future series released, the first models to use ribbon tweeter
2001 – Response ‘D’ series introduced to great acclaim, new Tablette Reference released
2007 – ribbon tweeters introduced to the Response ‘D’ series with introduction in D38R
2008 – Carbon Pro series introduced, ProAc’s largest and most expensive designs yet
2010 – Tablette Anniversary released to celebrate 30 years as ProAc
2011 – K6 released, the first speakers to use the newly available Kevlar cone material
2015 – K8 released bringing Response series to its culmination
2016 – Tablette 10 released
2017 - DT8 & Tablette 10 Signature is released