I mentioned on 16 April that I had about 60 hours on a pair of PMC Twenty 26 speakers and that the sibilance I had found in some female vocals prior to this had gone. I've got another 100 or so hours on the clock and these PMCs have really come good now. I favour rock music too as well as female vocalists. Give the PMC time and you should be rewarded.
Intersting, I was not 100% convinced with the dealers estimation of run in time. They said 200 hours on the 25.26, but the boxes they were packed in looked mint, the speakers looked (and smelt fresh and in mint condition).
Well, 180 hours on them now. Honestly I think these are going back too. They do nothing wrong and are clearly a classy speaker. Just a bit boring, looking back at the PMC tewnty5.26, they (ProAc D48R) are just not as exciting. Am I expecting too much ?
I listen to 90% rock and the ProAc's are not doing it for me. Do they need more hours on them or are they clearly not a "rock music" only speaker ? As it stands now, I'll be taking them back soon and going for the PMC Twenty5.26 and try harder to make the sibilance it showed work in my room/system somehow. Because at the dealer they did not show that character at all.
This may sound odd but perhaps you are looking at speakers that are TOO refined? Rock music tends not to care about accuracy so much but is much more about attack. I think this is why I preferred the Aria 926's over some much more expensive speakers - they were prepared to sound exciting when you turn the music up. Think of it as buying a convertible car - probably much more fun to be had in a Lotus Elite than e.g. a Rolls because it connects you better to the specific thing you are looking for, despite the Rolls costing far more.
This is what I am thinking too. The D48R is a quality,refined, beautifull speaker for sure. Built quality is top shelf and the music flows along so effortlessly, I have had very long sessions with zero fatigue, no matter the volume level. For example, the S400 could get a bit "too much" in the upper mids. after a while in my room/system. However the D48R presentation seems to be a little bit back in it's presentation. The PMC 25.26 was much more imediate and much closer to the performance. Still very undecided if the D48R presentation is what I want/ prefer for rock music.