With a 5-1/4" midrange, 5-1/4" planar low-frequency woofer and 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter cone, this Definitive Technology Pro Monitor 1000 Black bookshelf speaker provides immersive cinema sound in a small package.
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For strong, controlled audio that is crisp and clear.
Driver and tweeter
One 5-1/4" cast basket bass/midrange driver coupled with one 5-1/4" pressure-driven planar low-frequency radiator and one 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter to clearly produce a complete range of frequencies.
Outstanding performance capability
Ultra-smooth high-definition clarity, musical linearity and superb transient response combine with tremendous dynamic range, rich warmth and 3D, room-filling imaging.
2-way compact speakers
Provide sonic depth, width and height reproduction for sound that rivals larger speakers.
Easily placed speaker can stand alone on a bookshelf, be paired with a stand or wall-mounted. Magnetically shielded speaker is safe for use around other electronics.
47Hz - 30kHz frequency response
For faithful sound reproduction.
The speaker uses a small amount of power to produce powerful sound.
Amazing speakers for the price
Posted by: Fishweasel from: Rhode Island on
I currently have 6.1 surround sound in the basement of the ProCinema 600 + one Pro-800 monitor as surround back. It's an amazing system driven by a Denon 3806 receiver. However, a couple of comments before I get to the Pro-Cinema 1000 review (as many are probably reading this are probably looking at different models#. The Pro-Cinema 600 is fantastic, great sound and plenty of power but it's in a small room - 8 x 14. The speakers are great for movies and gaming, and the surround sound effects are fantastic. The speakers are very clear and crisp. However, 2 complaints: 1# the sound could sometimes be classified as "high" or "tinny", meaning the base sometimes gets lost. However, the clarity is great and once you get the receiver settings right, it can make up for this. Movies are great! 2# the main drawback - music. If you like to listen to music through your system, these are not the speakers for you. The Denon I have listed above is a decent mid-range receiver and these speakers just can't handle it - regardless of where you set the crossover frequency ... which bring me to the Pro-1000's
Now, to the review on the Pro-1000's:
These are setup in 5.1 surround sound system in a room 14 x 18 #so much larger than the room above# and driven by a Denon 3312CI with 4xProMonitor 1000's, Pro Center 1000, Pro Sub 1000. They are setup as a surround system for the home theater but also, are used as the main system for listening to music.
I have the crossover freqency set at 90Hz for the 4 Pro-Monitor 1000's and 100 Hz for the Pro-Center 1000 #this was the chosen Audessey setting on automatic setup and it works well#. The speakers are all wired directly to the Tuner #you can wire 2 speakers directly to the Sub Woofer and set the crossover directly thru the Sub, but I chose not to do this as I wanted one point of "control"#.
The sound difference between the Pro-1000's and Pro-600's in terms of music is absolutely amazing. The sound is richer, fuller, and much more balanced. Some music entusiasts will insist on larger front "tower" speakers, which is hard to beat. However, if you are looking for a versatile system and don't want large speakers in the room, these are fantastic, even for music. All but the most critical audiophiles will not be disappointed! In fact, I had a pair of 4 Ohm 250W Cerwin Vega towers that were "monsters" in terms of speakers. I can honestly say these small speakers rival those! I play music 3 ways: thru a Denon Ipod Dock, thru the computer #networked to the receiver# and thru the Iphone thru Airplay. In each of these, the music is crisp and clear. Only to say that the speakers perform well in each case and you can't really tell a difference.
Movies are just amazing. The sound is clear and full - you won't be disappointed. The bass thru the ProSub #which you are probably also looking at with this system# is also great #and easily adjustable for those who don't want all of their furniture shaking during every explosion on the screen#.
There is a break-in period with the Pro-Monitor 1000 speakers. The manuals mention it.... The speakers sound great out of the box...... however, they definitely do get even better as you play them. I've had these for about a month now and can notice they are improving in clarity and dynamic range. I didn't think much of it as I tore through all of the packaging / manuals that mentioned this, but it really does improve after ~ 40 hours of use.
My recommendations if you are looking at this system:
1# I would probably upgrade to the ProCenter 2000 - I like the ProCenter 1000 but the Pro-Monitors are so well made / so strong that they could handle a larger Center channel. I wanted a well balanced system for movies / TV, so I went with the matched system. I like the ProCenter 1000, however, listening to the speakers, a larger center would not be a problem in terms of balance #which says how strong the ProMonitor 1000's are#.
2) Take the time to setup your receiver #whichever one you decide on#. I happen to be a huge fan of Denon - I'm on my second one now and have tried a number of different brands. I find the Denons to be solid and extremely capable in term of delivering accurate sound. However, whichever receiver you decide on, take the time to set it up properly, it does make a big difference in sound quality. I noticed when I had the Denon in "night mode" while watching a movie it sounded like the dialog was coming through a fishbowl. So, this is only to say there are alot of settings that can impact the overall setup and sound, so if you decide on this speaker and the sound isn't perfect when you "plug" them in, play with the setup on your receiver. These speakers are amazing and you won't be disappointed.
3) Buy decent cables / speaker wire. You don't need Monster cables / wire, etc., and you don't need to spend a full paycheck on accessories that are "brand names". However, as a rule of thumb: don't use 24 gauge speaker wire for these speakers. However, you don't need 12 gauge speaker wire either - I use 14 and 16 gauge and it's fine unless you are running it very long distance #longer than 20-25 feet#. Also, if you spend this much on a system, don't buy a $4.00 HDMI cable.... it's just not worth it. You might get lucky and get one that works well. Or.... your setup may not work and you won't know whether it's cheap accessories or the system itself. Just look around at review - you can get some inexpensive accessories on Amazon. I bought a number of MediaBridge products thru Amazon #HDMI 1.4 cables# and have been very happy with them.
Good luck with your system. You will not be disappointed with these speakers!!!
21 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Smooth full sound, seemless blending.
Posted by: Bob1959 from: Manchester, NH on
I have 2 ProMon 1000 for the front L/R, a ProCenter 2000, 2 ProMon 800 for the rears, and a ProSub 800. My AVR is a Technics SA-GX690, with just Dolby ProLogic that I bought in 1996. I selected the 1000 for the front because I wanted the best non-floor speaker I could get for great sounding music in stereo (I have 2 little girls so floor standing speakers are a no-go). I have the fronts wired through the ProSub 800 as recommended to me by DefTech support. With this set up the internal amp in the sub still powers it, and the AVR powers the front L'R speakers. (There seems to be some confusion about this point at the sales level.) This set up creates a very nice blending between the sub and the fronts. I have the crossover set at about 85 hz, and the ProSub gain/volume control set at 11:00 which seems to match the volume level of the AVR to the fronts well. I selected the ProCenter 2000 because my wife always complained that the male actors sounded muffled with the previous speakers, so I wanted to make sure the dialogue was loud and clear -- and it is incredibly better than the previous center. The sound is very open with incredible clarity and reproduction. Subtle sounds like papers or leaves rustling etc. are very clear and life-like. In stereo for music the fronts create a very wide sound stage with good placement of instruments.
When I installed these speakers I did the rears first (same day) which are the ProMon 800s. I played some music in surround to do a comparison to my old fronts which are a very well marketed product with a passive base module, and there was no comparison. The ProMon 800 blew away my old fronts in sound clarity, volume efficiency, and lower noise -- the ProMon 1000 are even better!!
My listening area is 14 by 12 with hardwood floors, plaster walls and ceiling, lots of hard surfaces. The ProSub 800 does a good job in this environment. I prefer tight clean bass over a loud boomy thud, and the ProSub 800 delivers. I am not rattling my windows (nor do I want to), but it does vibrate the couch with thundering hoofs for example. I have the ProSub aimed toward the listeners / viewers, not toward the wall. I am happy with my choice of the ProSub 800, but if you are really into bass, or action movies are more your thing,, or you have a really powerfull AVR amp you'll probably want to get the ProSub 1000 instead.
My AVR is rated at 2 x 90W in Stereo, 20hz - 20Khz at .05% THD. In Dolby the ratings are 2 x 70W for the fronts, 70W for the Center, and 70W total for the surround (rears) 1% THD. Running the volume at about 1/4 level produces plenty of volume. My AVR has manual adjustments for the Center and Surround )rears). I usually run about -2db to 0db for the Center (compnesates for distance), depending on the material, and +6db for the rears to compensate for the lower power output by my amp to these. With this set up I have a very seemles blending of all speakers, something I was never able ro achieve before no matter how much I adjusted the AVR.
I highly recommend these. Some say they're pricey, but I think they/re a great value especially when you consider how long you'll be using them and that the speakers are the most important part of how a system will sound.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: paybackdaman from: Clermont, FL on
Value for price: I have purchased 2 of these speakers. For only $440 (plus tax) I was able to get full sound. Compared to the DefTech 8040 and 8060 tower speakers, they are lacking a deep rich bass. Other than this, they are identical sound in the mid-range and the high-end. Couple this speaker with a good Subwoofer and you can do away with the higher end tower speakers. So for the price, you get a good deal.
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 their size, they have a full, rich and strong sound.
Appearance: The gloss finish on these speakers is crisp and clean. The speaker fits right at home in dark woods. As far as bookshelf speakers, they aren't huge, but are quite heavy. Mounting wasn't an option for myself, but they look great next to my Samsung LED TV.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Do not pass up listening to these
Posted by: Seeker2 from: Massachusetts on
First, and foremeost, if you are in the market for speakers, go out and listen if possible. Compare under like conditions, but as I wrote in my summary, do not pas up listening to these.
I already had Definitive Technology experience due to having some in my "man room" and living room. It is my living room speakers I was replacing.
I had a Def Tech 60 series (today's 600 series) 5.1 setup in my living room which I felt needed a bit more punch. So, I went out and auditioned several types of speakers and kept coming back to these. I purchased 4. I use them for front and rear lefts and rights. I couldn't be happier.
I matched them with a Def Tech Prosub 1000 and a Def Tech Procenter 2000 (BB doesn't sell the 2000). The front stage is amazingly clear and the surrounds are nice and subtle.
I have them plugged into a Denon 2310CI allowing the AVR to drive the speakers.
Movies are awsome and music, well, its music to my ears!
Give these a listen and I do not think you will be sorry.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Look no further!
Posted by: mark44m from: Glenolden, PA on
I bought these speakers to replace the front left and right speakers in my surround sound system. I have a 5.1 Infinity system which was great for movie sound tracks but was lacking when I wanted to play music. After doing a lot of research and reading a ton of customer reviews I decided to buy these Def Techs. Not only am I really happy with my music now, but it made an incredible difference with movie sound tracks. While these speakers do need to be broken in for a time (20-40 hours) you can't beat them for the money! I could have spent more money, but I don't think I could have gotten better sound. After the break in period, these speakers have an amazingly transparent, room filling sound. Dollar for dollar, you won't find a better speaker. They have great specs and they handle up to 200 watts. I plan on buying another set of these to replace my other two Infinity surrounds. I couldn't be happier with this purchase!
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
great for music or movies
Posted by: basicray from: pittsburgh,pa on
I wanted to upgrade my older polk speakers because they didnt sound very good for music.I've had def tech speakers before so I knew of thier quality.I have them connected to a pioneer 125 watt a/v receiver and a polk psw 111 subwoofer.At first the sound on music was good but not great but after about a week of breaking in they really opened up.the sound on music was amazing it sounded like I had a room full of speakers when actually only the front l/r were on,The clarity was very impressive.On movies it was even better.It doesnt seem to matter how much power you send them they can handle it(very impressive indeed).If you want a good set of speakers for music this is a good choice,great movie sound is a bonus.
8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: SwipeIt from: Philly on
This was the first set of high-end speakers that my wife and I purchased for our new house, and we wanted something that would fill our main room without needing a 5.1 or 7.1 system (that's coming later once I finish the basement). These speakers are incredible, and look great in our wall unit - barely even notice them. I like them so much, that I may have to deck out the basement with Definitive Technology products instead of the 'typical' brands.
I would recommend to anyone who is looking for the highest quality sound out of 2 bookshelf speakers.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Best bookshelf speaker I've owned
Posted by: Ian05 from: Fresno,Ca on
I can say this is the best sounding bookshelf speaker I have ever owned. The sound is awesome. It has a passive speaker included on top that really adds dimension to the sound. I have a more expensive sound system in another room in the house, but my family states that the system that includes this speaker is the best.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Amazing Speaker will impress Audiofiles!
Posted by: powermonkey24 from: L.A. CA on
I picked two of these up to replace my two fronts which were ProMonitor 800 by Def Tech. I moved the 800 to the surround and out these 1000 as the fronts. I can not say enough about Def Tech speakers, they blow allot of more expensive brands out of the water. Highs mids and bass are so well reproduced on these speakers, its real ear candy when paired up with a good quality receiver. They are very well made, and have a nice sleek design that lets it go unnoticed. These are amazing speakers, I suggest going down to your local BB with magnolia and comparing these to all the others in the room, and you will see the difference!
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: StlBlues from: Rochester NY on
Using these as surrounds in my small living room, to go along with Def Tech SM350 fronts, CLR2002 center, and ProSub800, driven by a Denon 2808 -- they replaced PM800s, which I moved to the bedroom walls as an upgrade there -- the PM800s are really good, but the PM1000s are a better fit with the SM350s and CLR2002, as the 5.25 inch drivers provide more bass for the surround channels, and that balances everything out better
Can't go wrong with Def Tech -- every product they make seems to be excellent, and prices are very fair vs. the competition -- it's just a matter of matching up the right combination for your requirements