Not everyone has the space – or a suitable home situation – to put a large floor standing speaker in the home. And so quite a few people consciously choose a monitor or bookshelf speaker. Monitors are generally easier to install and suffer less from an imperfect acoustic space. Sometimes it may even be a small monitor because the listener is very close (near-field) to the speakers. For these circumstances ProAc has the Tablette series in their line up. Let’s see what the modest ProAc Tablette 10 Signatures has to offer.
The British ProAc is one of the few hi-fi manufacturers that has been around for decades. Their handmade loudspeakers are very popular worldwide, especially in Japan. Many of their models have been further developed and fine-tuned since their inception. Just as a diamond becomes more and more beautiful every time it is cut, so too do loudspeakers (in a way).
Through new computer models, advanced calculations (determination of crossover) and improved materials (wiring, magnets, exotic raw materials) speakers achieve better and better results. But the basics remain the same: a good design with the best materials.
ProAc has a very clear range of speakers consisting of four series. The Tablette series is the cheapest and consists of only two models: the Tablette 10 Signature, which we are testing today, and the regular Tablette 10. We also see the Studio, Response and K series. Each series has of a number of standard versions, but there are also special versions available at extra cost. The Tablette 10 has been around since 1979 and is now in its tenth version, hence the name…
Construction and appearance
The Tablette 10 Signature is, especially with grille on, a rather inconspicuous two-way monitor. It is available in many veneer versions and for the modern living room there is a ‘Silk White’ version. Our version in cherry wood is particularly well finished. The whole cabinet is seamless and exudes quality. It’s a pity that the holes to fix the grille are a little distracting because they disrupt that tight character. We haven’t noticed any difference in sound with or without a grille so they can stay on anyway.
The Tablette 10 Signature has the same 25mm soft dome tweeter as the regular Tablette 10 but another specially developed Paganni Mika driver (12.7cm) with improved magnet system. In any case, the purple cone in the driver stands out and has a distinctive appearance. Because of the new driver, the crossover had to be adjusted, giving the Tablette 10 Signature a slightly different sound signature. The copper wiring and specially developed ‘phase-plug’ are also only present at the Signature edition. At the back there are two pairs of silver speaker connectors for bi-amplifying or bi-wiring. A small personal touch is the name of the designer (Stewart Tyler) that appears on a small emblem at the back of the speaker.
The Tablette series is based on the legendary LS3/5a model, so the cabinet consists of a light housing with high damping inside. This tried-and-tested recipe has a unique character to this kind of speakers. The ProAc Tablette 10 Signature have the same dimensions (30.5x19x16cm) as the original BBC design. Other British manufacturers who have already used the ancient model, with or without the blessing of the BBC, are Falcon, Graham, Spendor and Rogers.
Some of these models have now reached true cult status, especially because of their magical middle area. Do we recognize that magic in the ProAc Tablette 10 Signature? You’ll find out in a minute. But it is clear that ProAc has a lot of confidence in its designs. Their slogan sums it up nicely: “When you think you heard the best, then you go listen ProAc”. Isn’t that great?