Reviews and Problems with Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 450
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Ton of great sounds for the money
1 week ago
Summary: I replaced my Klipsch RF-82 II with these SM 450 and no regret. Wifey said these speakers sound even better than the giant RF-82's speakers :-) The best part is the price, under $250 a pair on the egg website and they matches with my PC2000 center; PM1000's back surrounds; SR-8040BP's side surrounds and SuperCube 2000. That completed my 7.1. The SM450 sounds amazing as front 2 channel when listen to music too.
Pros: really nice sound stage and coverage of the spectrum. took quite a while to open up though, so give them some time to break in (like several months with infrequent use) before you judge them. So it took some time, which you could speed up if you used them more than I do. But now they sound fantastic. I have a 100w per channel carver amp and these sound very good so I think they need some power to sound their best.
Cons: the woofer does not have the phase plug that the more expensive models do. but the sound is still very detailed and rich.
Summary: These speakers for under 400 dollars for the pair are the best value on the planet. They are even better than the KEF q300s and Klipsch Reference RB61 II! These also look fantastic, too. Dont think twice...these are discontinued...for the price of about 350, these are perfect for front speakers in a 10 x 12 room. Get these ...no questions asked. I hav e these beauties hooked up to an Onkyo A9050 integrated amp, Marantz cd 5004 and Music Hall mmf5-se turntable.
Summary: I have a small man cave with a vintage Kenwood KR6600 receiver. Was considering putting an ols pair of Bose 901 Serie IV speakers that I own down there, But just did not have the space and the walnut cabinets did not fit teh decor. I'm a big fan of Bose and considered getting a new pair of 301's. But after doing some shopping and reading some reviews I took a chance on these DT 450's, Very glad I did. They look great, and they sound as good as they look.
Summary: These are by far the best sounding speakers I have ever owned in the bookshelf realm. The sound stage and imaging that these speakers provide is just outstanding. The 20 LB weight of each speaker stunned me when I first picked one up! Match these up with the Definitive C/L/R 2002 or the new HD 8040 center for a great timber matched sound. I bought two pairs of these back when they were on sale for only $280 a pair!
Pros: Well built MDF cabinets that are sealed and not ported! Very well built 6 1/2" mid-bass driver with real rubber surround. A 10" passive radiator that really helps with the overall bass response. A high end 1" aluminum dome tweeter that's been annealed for a less bright sound. Fantastic soundstage and imaging! Some of the best looking speakers I have ever owned with the main sock speaker grill and the two 1 14" piano black end caps. Customer service that's second to no...
Cons: This is really not a con since it can be corrected but these speakers are a little bit on the bright side. People with really good hearing will notice this. Older people with some high end sound loss will not!
Pros: Lots of pros. The look is great, fit and finish is wonderful. I would not wait one more day if you are considering these speakers. The design is perfect for a bookshelf speaker. The tweeter is so nice, smooth, brilliant, music comes alive, enough bass without a sub, but in my opinion ALL speakers under $5,000.00 need a good sub, and so I chose the Definitive Tech 8000, wonderful match, all have the beautiful highly polished top and bottom. These speakers have a large ...
Cons: No cons, other than they are not a Rosewood finish, but then they take the finish out of the equation and instead give you a HEAVY, well made cabinet, sonically, thick MDF, and the grill look with the highly polished top just look so darn nice. Really, no cons, this is just a well built product, and now you can get it and less than half price, what in the hell are you waiting for??
Summary: Got these for a steal on Newegg a couple years back, for $250 shipped. They're still going strong. Driven by a pro audio dedicated 250W X 2 power amplifier, they don't even flinch. In fact, the extra wattage brings them to life! Bonus points for a durable enclosure... My dog toppled over one speaker stand, and the speaker landed full force on the hardwood floor. The wood used to build the enclosure must be 1" thick, as there was no more than a scuff to show for it.
Pros: Natural, transparent sound Good low frequency reproduction Durable
Pros: Soon as I turned them on I knew something was wrong. 1 speaker sounded really good full and has bass. Other speaker could barely even hear it like whispers and no vibration from the 10"driver. I really loved the sound of them so I decided to contact Def Tech maybe I was missing something cause they make pretty robust technology. Tried multiple solutions even hooked up different speakers to my receiver found out the receiver was not the issue and they we're getting ple...
Cons: Waited all week for these to get here to get let down. And newegg wont let me just send 1 speaker back gotta be both. Can't believe they don't check to make sure everything is working 100% before releasing it thought this company is suppose to be superior!
Summary: I have a pair of 350s and 450s in my living room. The 450s are used for the mains and the 350s are used as the surrounds. For bookshelf speakers, they’re fairly good. Just keep in mind what they are and not what Def Tech tries to make them out to be. They work well as long as the signal is clean (IE: Yamaha/Denon class, or better) and the amp does not make any kind of serious power.