Reviews and Problems with Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 55
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5 April 2014
Summary: Running a Yamaha Aventage 1020, with a SVS PB1000 sub, DT PC 1000. Replacing Bose 901s, 301s, and a set of DT450s. Intially disapointed by the 55s. They are a lot lighter then the 450s, probably in the magnets. The 55s do not seem to be as warm and present as the 450s. Set them up using Yamaha mic and YPAO. The 55s did not reproduce the bass and prsence of the 450s even then. The 55s have the bass radiator on the top the 450s on the side.
Pros: Looks, Solid build, BiAmping is a go to, perfect timbre match with DT Pro Monitor 1000 series surronds and center, movies are incrediable with this set up. They blend very well to perfectly with the SVS turned down and the Yamaha crossover set to 100. Got to give Yamaha some credit to awesome receiver. Def Tech is superb You cannot go wrong with there set ups. I have been a fan of reflected music for some time now starting with my 901s. DT has won me over for a more t...
Cons: Not sure there are any. Must be patient and willing to tweak there location. Remember trying laying them on their sides with the radiator either facing in or out depending on your room and preferences.
Summary: Overall, these are very good speakers in this price range. I planned to use them for music only in a 2-channel system in my bedroom. I was pleased with the midrange and treble tonaility and detail. Bass extension was very good for this size of bookshelf speaker, due to the passive radiator on top, as other reviewers have mentioned. However, I was somewhat disappointed with the imaging and soundstage. Regardless of placement, it would never quite snap into focus.
Pros: Excellent bass extension for bookshelf speaker, very dynamic, good mid and treble detail.
Cons: Bass a little muddy, soundstage and imaging disappointing.