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Definitive Technology - ProMonitor 800 4-1/2" Bookshelf Speaker (Each) - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal sound

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    ITscout
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    I walked into Best Buy to talk with a salesman about purchasing a Samsung curved sound bar for my new Samsung 65" 4K Smart Curved LED Ultra HDTV. His comment was that many people buy awesome TVs and then pair them with sound bars. His comment was that Samsung is not a speaker company. And that sound bars, in general, are pretty poor. After spening a lot of money on a great TV, it's worth completing the experience by purchasing a superior audio system. He brought me into the Magnolia demo room and played the Definitive Technology bipolar speakers. They sounded great. It turned out that the speakers were on sale for half off their original price. I bought two BP-8040ST towers along with the corresponding CS-8040 center speaker. I wanted to buy two matching surround speakers from the same family, but they were no longer available from anywhere at Best Buy. Instead, I purchased two PROSAT 800 surround speakers. The sound from the entire system is awesome. While the speakers, plus a Yamaha receiver, certainly cost more than a sound bar, the old adage holds true: you get what you pay for. I couldn't be happier and would highly recommend Definitive Technology speakers.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love these speakers

    Posted
    Seeker2
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    I am rebuilding a 7.1 system for my home office 11 X 11 in size. I now have a Denon 2310ci, an LG 1080P LCD, a Sony Blue Ray player, a HD STB, and my computer connected via a toslink cable. It was time to place some focus on the speakers. Having Def Techs in my living room for a few years now and getting good service out of them, I decided to look at Def Techs again. I started out looking at the Promonitor 1000s, and although the sound was great, I decided that they were just too much for the space. I then turned my attention to the Promonitor 800s. I asked the Magnolia sales person to select the 800s on the display, run them through the 2310ci that they have on display, and also connect the Promonitor 800 sub which I already have. I have to tell you that I was blown away by the sound being pumped out of these relatively small speakers. The highs are crisp, the midrange clean, and bass through the 800 sub is just wonderful. I am extremely pleased with these speakers and can not wait until I gather the funds to purchase 2 more each for the sides and rears. Of course, I will still need a center and will more than likely get the Promonitor 1000 center. Give these speakers a listen, I don't think you will be sorry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Should not be compared to Bose

    Posted
    KCalB
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    I have a 3.1 system; two of these speakers along with a ProMonitor 1000 center and a 12" Polk sub. These speakers produce amazing highs, but more surprisingly, they produce very good mids. Be warned though, do NOT place anything above them, or else you will lose the mid-bass response. I laugh when people say that they are superior to Bose systems. These speakers should not even be in the same store as Bose. The ONLY thing positive I can say about Bose is that they can produce a high DB level without too much distortion. Definitive also do this, but sound like they cost hundreds more. They are fairly non-directional, not as much so a Mirage, but if someone really wanted non-directional speakers, they would go with Mirage. IMO, Definitive speakers sound better then Mirage for SQ. But these speakers, they are a bargain for $145.00 a piece.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A STEAL AT $145!!

    Posted
    StlBlues
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    for basement "man cave" 3.1 setup, more for music and TV than movies, wanted to upgrade from old Infinitys that I had sitting in a closet for years, but not break the bank -- looked at and auditioned MANY brands/models under $200 -- these seemed to be among the best bang for the buck in side-by-side comparisons, so I tried them -- when hooked up to Denon 1610, first thought they were a bit tinny for the large listening area, and wasn't so sure I made the right choice -- but after several hours of breaking in, they opened up quite nicely -- the highs are incredibly clear, and paired with a Polk 110 subwoofer (set at ~100Hz), sound is awesome for the minor investment -- for listening to music, compares well with my MUCH more expensive denon/polk/velodyne system upstairs -- I've become a big fan of Def Tech

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great surround speaker depending on room size

    Posted
    Mexi

    The definitive technologies pro monitor and procenter speakers are a marvel of modern technology. Even after four months I am still amazed at how truly amazing and powerful the sound is out of such a small speaker. The speakers profile is very small and easy to blend into the decor of most living rooms (the wife will definately like the small profile). The sound is powerful with great midrange and deep bass that is extended by the passive radiators. The only real negative I can think of is that the high frequencies tend to sound a little shrill or sharp when the speaker receives a very high watt signal. This should not affect most real world users but I would not reccommend using this speaker in a moderately large home theatre where the room dimension are greater than 20x20 and you want to play at reference level volume.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker! Amazing Sound!

    Posted
    powermonkey24
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    I picked up two of these bad boys to go along with my Definitive 600 cinema pro speaker set. I wanted bigger fronts, and have a receiver with height speaker capabilities. I have absolutely no regrets with these speakers. The five way binding posts make connection a snap. Nice compact size and style makes for a clean look as well. The sound is superb. Highs and mids sound so crisp, while bass is smooth a full of impact. They blend so well with the Difinitve subwoofer as well. These speakers replaced some Klipsch bookshelf that I had just got at best buy, and the diffrence is amazing. These are amazing for blu-rays, sporting events, gaming, and music listening. Cant say enough about these little powerhouses!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent multipurpose unit

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    pickngrin
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    Speakers tend to be a "matter of taste". Therefore, my first recommendation would be to listen to these in the Magnolia theatre section of the store. I found these to be excellent for TV, music, and movies. These speakers accurately reproduce the sound without "coloring" it - not too much bass, not too much "hiss", but just excellent, accurate sound reproduction. (Don't get me wrong - these units produce rich deep and crisp sounds - it's just they seem "natural" instead of "processed". If you're serious about sound, and are considering the 600's, you should give these a listen - they are well worth the extra $.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Performance is everything

    Posted
    Jimmydef
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    Def tech 800 speakers sound outstanding for its size. They are small, yet detailed and powerful. I use them for surround height channels. I've paired up with 5.1 Canton speakers. These speakers pack quite the weight at 4 pounds each, which is what you expect to spend on great quality. Capable producing relatively high sensitivity of 89 decibels and delivering up to 150 watts per channel I have the perfect set of entry-level home theater speakers. Performance is everything! Buy these and you're not going to regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitive plus Turntable = Love

    Posted
    SalVader
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    Wow! I didn’t have a lot of room in my newly set up record room but I knew I had to have audiophile quality speakers for the warm, inviting reproduction of the sound of my vinyl collection. The guys inside Magnolia took the time to show me multiple speakers and brands and these were the clearest, cleanest, most sonically pleasing to my ear. And they are just the right size for a small room. They aren’t going to hit those really deep lows but that’s what you get a subwoofer for. These made the mids and highs ring out perfectly! Once I graduate from these it will be to a set of floor standing Def-Tech speakers, no doubt!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small speakers with big sound

    Posted
    BBfan61
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    Except for my subwoofer (Polk Audio) my surround speakers are all DefTech. These ProMonitor 800 speakers are a nice compact size with a big sound. They are also excellent at producing low level detail during quiet scenes on a TV show or movie. They are pricier than a pair of low budget surround speakers, but I feel the added quality is worth it. I have no regrets having bought these little gems. One caveat: I bought DefTech ProMonitor stands for these ($100 per pair). You can find other stands for a lower price, but the speakers mount so perfectly on these stands that I can’t imagine any other stand would match nearly as well. If you’re going to wall mount the speakers, this of course won’t be an issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Are you KIDDING ME??!!???

    Posted
    DaveP2009
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    I have owned the ProMonitor 800's for about 6 months and still can not believe the sound they produce. I use these as bookshelf speakers in a 2 speaker stereo setup in my home office (12'x12'). I am using a vintage NAD 7220 PE receiver (set at 4 ohms) and Nakamichi CD Player 4 all hooked up with Monster Cable and could not be more impressed by the music this system produces. After "breaking in" the speakers for about 40-50 hours, the richness and full sound./.bass really showed itself. I was considering purchasing a sub woofer but after the break in period NO sub is needed. The full sound is simply amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound from a great package

    Posted
    Amchatte
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    I was looking for a small form factor that would not break the bank, but would also produce a great sound. I really feel these speakers match the Bose Acoustimass series in size and function. Especially since the setup versatile and the living room looks great. I have created a 7.2 system with these speakers as my fronts and rears. They sound great and pack a huge punch. Really great purchase and I have no regrets. Also keep in mind that they do take about 30 hours of listening time to fully break in. I would also highly recommend the speaker mounts that can be bought for them also made by Definitive, especially if they will be installed on a wall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    Rskin
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    I have a HK 5.1 system in my living room and have always thought I was loosing my hearing because I had trouble understanding dialogue while watching certain Dolby surround sound rated movies even after balancing the system. I recently put a 7.1 surround system in another room and started with just a Definative center channel and the front channel speakers, That alone out performed my old system, after getting the remaining 4 speakers I was extremely pleased to find that it was not my hearing, these speakers are amazing for the price,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound

    Posted
    nyerinsd

    I have a set of 4 of these in my 5.1 setup. These speakers sound great, and also look good in the room. The front two are on Definitive Technology stands, and the rears are on wall brackets - I recommend both of these as well. I tried universal speaker stands and they didn't work well at all. I had never heard of Definitive Technologies until seeing and hearing them in Magnolia and I'm glad I did. Great value, size is perfect - not overbearing in the room. Treat yourself and go listen to them. You'll be surprised by how much sound comes out of these relatively small speakers. These replaced a Bose 3-2-1 system and blows them away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speakers

    Posted
    IAS09
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I am using this with 7.2.2 system, 8020 ST towers 8060 HD center SM 55 bookshelf as surround Supercube 6000 subs PM 800 TMd Pioneer Elite SC95 and Samsung 4K TV I have to get Definitive Tech for voice match. to be honest this speaker could be used in 5.1 system also they are so good, i need it for surround only, bought wall mount with it also which is great to mount and move the speaker in required direction. after running Pioneer speaker calibration everything is all set. Now full Dolby Atmos setup done. this would be good addition if one need the top middle speaker needed for Dolby Atmos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, good highs

    Posted
    jaimac
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    From the specification, the frequency response of 57 HZ looked like these speakers were ideal front speakers. Unfortunately the speakers doesn't make any audible sound below 100 HZ for sure. It might produce the low frequency as advertised but it cannot be heard. Keep in mind that small speaker means small bass and large speaker means large bass. Don't go by the numbers or advertisement. The sound quality is comparable to cheaper Bose 161, Bose doesn't advertise that their speaker can play really low frequency sounds like Definitive. It is great if someone wants good looking surround speakers with no expectation of lound sounding front speakers.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice!

    Posted
    mooret05
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Great speakers for the money with the right receiver and sub. I upgraded my front speakers to the 800's and put the two front 600's in my bedroom and running a Zone2 set up. Nice quality and sound with a 5 year warranty! I'm pushing my surround sound with a Pioneer Elite VSX-90 receiver thru a 4k tv and it all looks and sounds great. Whoever gives the Definitive Technology bookshelf speakers a bad review has no idea what they're doing. (See pics)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great surround speakers

    Posted
    AndyG
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    We finally decided to retire our old surround speakers and, after hearing these, I wish we had done it years ago. Paired with 1000's in the front, we're enjoying a much more immersive experience and hearing all kinds of things that our old speakers just weren't able to produce. These are definitely larger than our old surrounds, but were very easy to mount and the glossy exteriors look great. Very, very happy with our purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Speakers!

    Posted
    HDnut
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    Great small speakers! Have it paired with a ProCenter 1000. Very good blending. I was going to buy the ProMon1000,but the Def Tech web site recommends you pair the ProCenter 1000 with the 800's. These speakers are small, but the fill up my living room with great sound! My space is "14'w x 18' d with and open kitchen/dining area. I also have vaulted ceilings. No problems! Because they are small, they don't distract from the TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers

    Posted
    RLG2

    I had purchased the Pro Center 1000 a few months ago and was taken back by the sound and quality built center speaker. I was using my old Sony HT system speakers and what a difference the center speaker made. I then decided to purchase the Pro Mon 800 front speakers. Wow, just a wonderful sound flows from these speakers. I don't know if I will replace my rear speakers or not, but if I do, it will be with 2 more pro 800's. Money well spent. One more note, bass is actually quite good with these little speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend