I was not satisfying with my system, but once replacing my speakers with the 23, every aspect of the sound quality has significantly and beautifully improved. I really appreciate the review from whathifi on the 23, thank you very much.
Since when is £1500 top class? its barely mid range, let alone high end or ultra enthusiast end. Totally comprimised. If you made a proper award, Snell THX Reference would bag it!
I also auditioned ProAc D18's alongside PMC Twenty.23's. I went to for the purpose of auditioning the Twenty.23's and wasn't planning to listen to the D18's at all. I heard the Twenty.23's first and was initially impressed, but thought they sounded a bit lean for my tastes. After hearing the D18's and how much fuller and warmer sounding they were I was having second thoughts about the PMC's. They also projected a huge soundstage and were great at imaging, but one thing that concerned me about the D18's was that to me the bass sounded slightly flabby and less tightly controlled, but maybe that's just my perception.
The D18s are a fantastic speaker and definitely one of the best I've ever heard for under £4000, but I guess I'm just addicted to the sound of transmission lines, so consequently, I've decided to go for the Twenty.24, my reasoning being that sonically it would fit somewhere nicely between the D18 and the Twenty.23.
If I had to pin down the differences I would say that the D18's are more musical and the Twenty.23's are more accurate.
Seems to me like there's a box somewhere missing at least two more speakers!!
To say these speakers threw a spanner in the works when I went to audtion the Proac D18's with my own amplifier (MF A1000) is an understatement. I had my heart set on the proac's when i'd heard them previously (with a different amp) and i just wanted confirmation with my own amp. On listening to the D18's again i was left a little underwhelmed in terms of mid-range and stereo image. However, this did improve over the course of the next half-hour as the amp warmed up. The dealer suggested i listen to the PMC's and they were superb in all areas.
I'm not saying that the D18's are not a fantastic loudspeaker, they are and i have not made my mind up yet. I just need to audition again with my amp switched on for a good hour before i listen to either again.
In addition, the PMC's look the business and are more compact compared to the proac's. Not that this will matter when i'm spending 2 grand on speakers, the ones best suited to my amp will win. However, the better looking ones will ensure i get less grief off the missus for spending 2k on loudspeakers!
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