Reviews and Problems with Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 55
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Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 55
Judge Tom, Crutchfield
5 April 2014
Summary: This is an outstanding product . I replaced two 30+ year old Infinity 48" high tower speakers each with double 10" push pull woofers with these mini monitors, in a 12 by 20 ft room with openings to a dining area and a hallway, and did not expect too much. I was astounded by these little gems in tandem with a MartinLogan Dynamo 700 sub. Even without the sub the bass was deep and room filling. With the sub they easily surpassed my old infinity monsters.
Summary: Rediscovering my very well-recorded and extremely eclectic music collection on my new small(a bit less than 12' x 9') listening room. Paired to a quite nice turntable(on a solid wall mount), a beefy (150w/ch @ 8 ohms) made in Japan receiver and two very good cd players. Nothing "high-end"(marketing bull).just perfect placement (spikes on shelf, tweeters at ear level, seated, slight toe-in). Proper break-in.
Pros: Premium floor-standing speaker sound for the size and price of merely good bookshelf's. (If that is not for you a breakthrough, my friend, consider sitting down and wait for cold fusion or world peace.)
Cons: Kind of ugly without grilles, but the magic seems unaffected by them, they seem acoustically transparent. Anyway got the SM 55's for function, not form.The black finish on dimmed light makes them to visually disappear, which is good. Anyway I do not go out with them, but with my wife. Now, she not only looks good, but she LOVES our new small room. Was that kinky? You bet ! Remember college dorm? There you go. A good music room is the ultimate time machine.
Summary: Outstanding speakers. Great sound reproduction with lots of bass. Very neutral without sounding too bright or too boomy. Absolutely no distortion even after cranking the volume of my amp all the way up (rated at "130W" per channel). I'm using them as free standing speakers on stands, and after using the amplifier microphone to use the Audyssey MultiEQ system to calibrate them, it detected them as "Full Range" speakers. Impressive.
Pros: Great sound reproduction. For music and movies. Even when used as freestanding speakers.
Cons: Size. A little deep for a standard "bookshelf". But form follows function. And that extra depth allows it to accomodate the top 10" passive radiator that gives it the capabily of full bass reproduction. So for "full range" speakers, they are actually "compact".
Summary: I tested several bookshelf speakers to be used with a McIntosh Reciever area B stereo rated at 100W/channel. The DR set has a fuller range sound than any of the new Martin Logan and B&W offerings. For a set to be used with no sub the DR is it for me.
Summary: These speakers are relatively small in my opinion, but deliver terrific sound. I am using them as front right and left speakers and I am very pleased with them. Crutchfield had them at them at the going price. They delivered them very quickly. They were packaged safely and arrived without damage, and I had the peace of mind of having Crutchfield's guarantee.
Summary: This is a great performer, I`m using the SM-55 as my mains. The partner in crime for surrounds the sm-45, and together the SM`s work as one and with authority...not only has the bass response of a much larger speaker, it's a great-sounding speaker. The StudioMonitor 55s didn't seem to mind playing loud enough to rock out in my large loft space.... Great dynamics, imaging and soundstage.
Summary: These babies are exactly what I am looking for. I became acquainted with Definitive several years ago at Best Buy of all places... the 55s are great for the user who doesn't have a lot of space, but still wants room-filling, rich, and bright sound. I have these powered off a dinky NuForce Dia running in tandem with an older Definitive pair of ProCinemas for fuller sound space. Also have a Definitive sub powered from the Dia's line out.
Pros: design, build quality, style, suave
Cons: maybe a little large, but not really that large considering the sound you get from them