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Daniel Kumin  |  Jul 27, 2016  |  3 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $7,194 as reviewed

Spacious bipole sound
Seriously full-range with powered bass section
Astounding dynamics
Big and demanding of floor space
Reflective bipolar reproduction may not suit every room, taste

A big speaker with a sound to match, Definitive Technology’s latest, Atmos-onboard, powered-tower flagship delivers the impressive imaging depth and breadth we expect from bipoles. Its response is as full-range, and its dynamic abilities as unfettered, as anything I’ve heard from a one-piece system.

Definitive Technology’s monolithic bipolar towers —which launched the brand in 1990—have been around in one form or another almost as long as that thing in 2001: A Space Odyssey. With the fourth generation bowing recently, the Baltimore-area manufacturer set us up with a full suite: BP9080x fronts, CS9080 center, a pair of smallerbut-still-huge BP9060 towers for surrounds, and the A90 elevation speakers (Dolby Atmos-enabled and compatible with DTS:X) to go on top of those surrounds; the marquee BP9080x fronts have the same elevation componentry to bounce height-channel signals off the ceiling built right into their top 5 inches.

Daniel Kumin  |  Jul 01, 2007  |  0 comments

the listThe flat-screen revolution has spawned a lot of dramatic and innovative loudspeakers, many of them different takes on the Definitive Technology Mythos - a family of sleek aluminum speakers that almost single-handedly reinvente

Daniel Kumin  |  Nov 04, 2006  |  0 comments

For years, Baltimore's Definitive Technology has produced phalanxes of tall, imposing, powerful floorstanding towers.

Daniel Kumin  |  May 09, 2014  |  0 comments

PRICE $1,199

Super-svelte dimensions
Natural voicing and excellent subwoofer blend
Surprising volume ability
Limited stereo image width
Mediocre remote-control range

Solid tonal balance, unusually good soundbar/subwoofer integration, and substantial volume for so slim a design make the SoloCinema Studio a fine performer in its category.

Love them or hate them, soundbars are a big part of what’s keeping audio manufacturers afloat these days—those, at least, that haven’t already repaired to Davy Jones’ Locker. Baltimore’s Definitive Technology, a firm whose “real” loudspeakers have for two decades and more set high standards of performance and value, is no newcomer to the bar scene. Its latest effort is the SoloCinema Studio, a two-piece job, and the bar half is tiny, quite literally a bar: just 3-plus inches square by 42-plus wide.

Daniel Kumin  |  Dec 27, 2004  |  0 comments

Sure, it's great to be an "early adopter" of new technology. You get to play with the latest, coolest gear before any of your oh-so-20th-century friends, and you can learn about new trends as they emerge, transforming yourself into a thundering bore . . . er, valued cocktail-party guest.

Daniel Kumin  |  Feb 03, 2008  |  0 comments
Denon's Award Winner 81757508087 Denon AVR4308CI Denon has forged a reputation for producing excellent A/V receivers, a status that only gained renown some 3 years ago with the debut of its gargantuan flagship,
Daniel Kumin  |  Jun 05, 2001  |  0 comments
At some future date, someone, somewhere, will come up with a bigger, heavier, more powerful, and more fully featured A/V receiver than the one reviewed here. But until then we'll just have to make do with Denon's AVR-5800 - all 62 pounds, 1,190 watts, and seven THX Ultra-certified channels of it.

Daniel Kumin  |  Apr 30, 2005  |  0 comments
Don't buy this receiver if you have a bad back, a rickety rack, or a bulging credit limit. Because Denon's latest flagship, the AVR-5805, is as tall as many receivers are deep, as deep as many are wide, as heavy as a pair of many other flagship models - and as expensive as a two-year-old Kia.
Daniel Kumin  |  Feb 18, 2009  |  0 comments


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