In Reply to: Opinions on ProAc Futures posted by undecided on April 24, 2001 at 09:01:55:
Stereophile did a review of the Future One a few issues back and I thought the reviewer did a good job of describing its strengths/weaknesses. I have heard the Future One in two different systems, neither of which I was all that familar with, and I found that its major strengths were midrange clarity and imaging. However, I thought the bass a little weak, especially for a speaker so expensive, and I would have preferred a little fuller sound. I am more familar with the other speakers in the ProAc line (2, 2.5 and 3.8s) and I feel that the Future is a significant departure from the ProAc sound. Bearing in mind I only listened for a few hours to the Future One and for my taste, I would prefer the 3.8s to the Future. I think that Stereophile concluded the same, for whatever that is worth.
I agree with this sentiment completely. To my ears, the Futures speakers are a significant step backward compared to the Response series. I would take the 3.8s over either of the two larger Futures speakers any day of the week. The only thing I found interesting with the Futures compared to Response is that with the ribbon tweeter, the top end does seem more extended than Response, w/o sounding harsh, so that's a good thing. But it's not well integrated with the other drivers (IMO), and overall, the Response 3.8 are just a significantly more coherent and musical whole.
I agree with DK. I've heard the Futures three times now and every time my ears said "Yuuuck." Spacious? Sure. Also tonally thin, grainy, whitish sound, lacking any warmth and punch, and not terribly coherent. I frankly could not believe how unatural they sounded (like a big, spacious sounding transistor radio).
Sounded the same in every location, which ain't good.
Well, you asked for opinions :-)
I do however very much like Proac's previous designs! Recently I was blown away by one of their cheaper monitors. I just think they've gone astray with the Future line.
I'm about to take the plunge on Blue Herons Rich; tell me I'm doing the right thing in going for them over the Heron-i's. Tough decision, the new Herons are so musical, don't have the boomy bass of the older design. But the Blues with that gas piezo tweeter, very extended w/o grain. And you can't beat SS woofers for tight bass. Very tough call...Mid-driver is the same for both, so they sound similar in the "money" region, tho unfortunately, I've never been able to listen to them side-by-side, which is the source of my dilemma. Sigh...
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