Learn more about Magnolia Premium Installation With dual cast basket and planar low-frequency radiators and nonresonant monocoque cabinets, this center-channel speaker delivers cinema quality sound in a small package. Magnetic shielding ensures protection from video interference when the speaker is placed near a TV.
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Posted by: paybackdaman from: Clermont, FL on
Value for price: Checking around Magnolia Home Theater's speaker selection, I narrowed down my choice between an Energy center speaker, and the ProMonitor 1000. Both of these speakers had great high level sound. Crisp clear voices eminated from both. However, on a comparison of the sounds when music was played in Dolby ProLogic II Music decoder the ProCenter really stood out. They sound was amazing, esepcailly paired with the ProMonitor 1000 speakers.
Sound Quality: The sound is able to fill a 14ft x 16ft with full fidelity. Ambience in dolby digital sounds are easily distinguishable, and music sounds fantastic. I am almost positive anyone who hears them in the Magnolia home theater will agree, for its size, they have a full, rich and strong sound.
Appearance: The gloss finish on this speakers is crisp and clean. The speaker fits right at home in dark woods. As far as center speakers, it isn't huge, but is quite heavy. Mounting wasn't an option for myself, but it looks great in front of my Samsung LED TV.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Great Center Channel Speaker
Posted by: dablount from: lafayette, in on
First of all i am a real person writing a real review. I was searching for a quality center speaker in the $300-$400 range for my living room set-up. I was on the north side of indy one weekend and found a best buy with a magnolia home theater store inside of it. I was primarily looking at the klipsh, polk, and pioneer center speakers that most best buys carry but magnolia had a slew of options. After listening to the ones in my price range i had made my mind up on the martinlogan motion 8. it did sound fantastic but the employee insisted that i listen to the definitive tech 1000. It literally blew my girlfriend and i away. It sold me instantly. The sound clarity is impeccable. The martin logan is a very good speaker do not get me wrong, but this speaker was truly amazing and $200 cheaper. Ive been using the definitive tech. ceneter speaker for roughly 2 months and i am very happy with my choice. It compliments my Bose 201's, Bose redlines jewels, my klipsh 12 inch powered sub , and my harmon kardon 1700 nicely. I hope my review helps.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Now I hear what I've been missing!
Posted by: HDnut from: Bristol, Ct on
Two months ago, I purchased the Onkyo 608 AVR . With the HTIB speakers it sounded better, but still lacking on dialogue. I read many reviews on Definitive Tech, went to BB Magnolia and gave it a listen.
I asked to hear the ProCenter 1000 with the Onkyo 608. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a small speaker (14" wide) but fits nicely on my HT stand. Connected it with banana plugs and noticed the difference right away! Sound is very good, and now it is broken in, it sounds even better. It has great range with highs and bass.
I have the crossover set at 120 hz, that is what the Audessey eq put it at on the Onkyo. It does handle the power of the receiver easily. I haven't heard any distortion. I don't play movies or music extremely loud (I'm on the 2nd floor).
About a month ago I paired it with 2 Pro-Monitor 800 for the front. Sounds great! and it flows seamlessly across the channels. I watched "Field of Dreams" recorded on my DVR to test the "quiet" volume. I could hear, the rustling of the cornstalks, the wind,and birds chirping in the background. I also heard very clearly, the whisper of the line "If you build it, he will come."
I know it may sound lame, but most reviews state how loud it is or how much the bass thumps, but never subtle sounds. The Def Techs handled all the ranges I threw at it, including all the battle scenes from various Bluray movies. Music sounds very good also. Tried some Classic Rock from the Comcast Digital Music channels. A Vivaldi CD, and a Pink Floyd "Dark side of the Moon" CD. Yep, it was all good! Very good blending of the speakers. I will eventually replace the surrounds and sub with Def Techs in the future. But for now, everything sounds great. I admit, I'm not an audiophile, but I like what I'm hearing!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Best center channel for the money
Posted by: Lunarskye23 from: Waldorf Md on
i bought this speaker to enhance my surround sound system. Im running a high end denon receiver with two floor standing Polk audio speakers for the fronts (btw are also good) and KHT 1000 series speakers to supplement the 7.1 surround speakers. I made the switch from the KHT satellite center speaker to this center channel. I can tell you that its awesome and if your thinking of upgrading then make the switch. Im pretty particular when it comes to buying things and I wanted to make sure I got the best bang for my buck. I went into Best Buy and tested the Definitive Center against the Polk center, Klipsh center and Bose center. To my suprise..even know they are all similar in price...nothing compared to Definitive....and I mean nothing really even came close in my opinion. I then tested the 200 dollar model to the 500 dollar model and was hard pressed to hear much difference. Its a great speaker all around and will bring out the voices like none other. If you dont believe me then go to your local best buy and test them all as I did and you will understand what Im talking about.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
DEFTECH ProCenter 1000 - Exceptional Value
Posted by: ampreston85 from: Portland on
First off, I have the speaker teamed up with two Pinnacle DB2000 tower speakers in front, and two Pinnacle BD1000 tower speakers for the rear surround, and a Pioneer SW-8 100 watt powered SUB. This is all powered by a Yamaha RX-V671 7.1 receiver. I was initially worried that my speakers would belittle the sound of this speaker, given it's size. I was mistaken. This speaker is great for any level audiophile. Made some slight tweaks to the center channel EQ with my A/V Receiver, and it was all set. Works great in quiet settings, and also works great when cranked up with surround to get that in theater feel. At low volumes, dialogue is crisp and clear and easy to hear, and at higher levels, voice and center channel production is powerful and fills the room with rich sound. Played a wide array of music once I set this up, from Kanye West, to Michael Buble, to Pink Floyd and everything in between, and I was not disappointed there either. You can hear all the detail, down to the individual pluck of each guitar string!
Other thoughts: Only reason I marked power 4/5 stars is how it sounded in the magnolia room compared to other center channel speakers of it's price range. But don't let it's size fool you, some slight tweaks on my receivers center channel EQ (increasing 200-500hz db) and it sounded as powerful as the other, larger center channel speakers. I would venture to say, if you are spending $200 plus on a center channel, then I hope you would have a A/V Receiver to properly power this speaker.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
I hear gunfire
Posted by: RodneyT2111 from: Princeton, NJ on
I was keen on purchasing the Energy Center Channel Speaker but when I saw the size and depth of the speaker, it seemed a bit overwhelming. The sales person told me about this speaker and he had an open box for $149. I was hesitant about purchasing anything open box, but since it was a speaker and I had 30 days to return it, I gave it a shot. I used banana clips to hook it up and watch a movie and my wife was impressed that we did not have to turn up the volume to hear dialogue of the movie. What really impressed me is I later played Call of Duty, and I could distinguish the types of gunfire depending of my weapon of choice. Overall I'm impressed by the speaker.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Impressive dynamic range & very clear vocals
Posted by: Chrisc from: on
I decided to upgrade to this seriously great-sounding Center channel from the already-potent proCenter 600 (which I acquired via purchasing the Procinema 600 system at Best Buy in a great package deal along with the equally impressive Denon AVR-X1200 7.1 receiver with Dolby Atmos & DTS-X).
As it is, the Procinema 600 is a very impressive system, with far bigger sound than its diminutive size. But, seeing how I was pushing them to just about their limit, I decided to do the right thing and upgrade the 3 front channels to '1000-status' and relegate the 600s to the side and back surround duties.... It is simply the best audio decision I have ever made!
The ProCenter 1000 was actually the last missing piece... The first order of business was to upgrade the 2 main front left/rights as the 600s were quite excellent for movies but a little strained playing music at higher volume levels. Adding the Promonitor 1000s was the first giant leap...what beautifully detailed and punchy sound...They can handle anything you throw at them! So, for a month or so, the lineup was the Promonitor 1000s as the main left-rights, the 600 sats for side/back surrounds, pro-sub 600 subwoofer for LFE and the ProCenter 600 continuing in its center-role. I was quite thrilled with this configuration at first, but then I noticed that the 600 Center (which still performs amazingly well) would sometimes get a bit lost in louder sequences and I didn't want to stress it out, so I 'bit the bullet' and decided the best answer was to.spring for this, the substantially larger and beefier ProCenter 1000... Hello home theater bliss!
To be clear, the 600 is a superb system, but if you like to really push the volume, then the 1000s are the way to go. The 1000s - including the ProCenter 1000 - deliver incredibly robust midrange, clean highs and respectable mid-bass. Whereas the the 600 sometimes required increasing the volume to cut through the louder 1000 monitors during loud sequences, the ProCenter 1000 effortlessly delivers dynamic, punchy effects and clean, distortion-free dialog while seamlessly blending with the tonally-matched Promonitor left/rights. It's worth every penny of its very-reasonable $220 price tag. In fact, it sounds about twice as expensive as it is. Definitive Technologies is the real deal if you want a top-shelf home theater experience on a modest budget. Highly recommended!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mario0930 from: Riverside, CA on
I am so amazed out how great this center channel speaker is! I currently have the Bose acoustimass cube speakers and the sound from the center speaker was horrible. The dialogue was very muddy and muffled, it was hard to understand when I would watch movies. I decided to by a center speaker to fix the problem and so I went with the Bose VCS-10 thinking that it would work a lot better and to my surprise, it sucked! There was no difference. I then went with a Polk Audio CS-10 and it sounded a lot better then the Bose one but the speaker was too bulky. I was then recommended by a friend to try the Definitive Technology Pro 1000 center speaker and it was like day and night. It sounded better than the Polk audio one and 1000 times better then the Bose Speaker. Best of all, the speaker is very low profile, I was amazed out how clear the dialogue is and how strong this speaker is, I love it!!! The funny thing about all this is that I had never heard of Definitive Technology speakers, I am glad I do now, if the rest of their speakers are like this center channel one then I am sold!!! Best center speaker available in the $200 price range. With the sound you get from this center channel speaker, it can easily sell for more, thanks Definitive for not over pricing!!!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: StlBlues from: Rochester NY on
Got this for the basement, to go along with DT Pro 800's, Polk sub and Denon 1610 in a simple 3.1 setup. After hearing these together, I am strongly tempted to move my high end floorstanding Polks downstairs and get these Def Techs in the mix in the living room -- would use the 800s as surround and get either Pro 1000s or Mythos Gems for the front. As you can tell, I am now sold on Def Tech. MUCH better for MUSIC than Bose, which was previously my reference for small speakers -- Bose couldn't ever convince me that small could compete with big for music -- Def Tech has -- awesome!!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
The reviewers are right! ( again )
Posted by: msigk from: Brick, NJ on
I always research costly purchases to death and this time was no exception. So when over 95% of the reviews for this center speaker, the Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000, on Best Buy's site and other web sites exclaim its virtues I listen.
Literally. I was looking to replace my Bose center speaker because either my hearing was declining or the speaker just didn't emit the clear voices I needed to enjoy a movie. My wife was getting tired of telling me " what they said ".
I do have 2 Def. Tech. ProMonitor 800's that I'm using as my front speakers in my 5.1 system and they are fantastic. But I checked out other brands for the center anyway. I guess I wasted my time doing that because
I ended up getting the same brand for my new center.
And as a bonus, they all match perfectly in size ratio and piano gloss finish! if you haven't heard Definitive Technology speakers, get over to Best Buy and do so. Bring along your MP3 player or a CD that you know well and listen to these speakers!
You'll be glad you did!