Reviews and Problems with Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 55
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Break in time necessary!!
10 November 2014
Summary: I have my new Def Tech SM55,s connected to a Pioneer Elite 110w/channel receiver and a Martin Logan 500 subwoofer. These speakers sound just O.K. fresh out of the box. After about 20 hours of play time the sound becomes more and more detailed, especially in the mid base frequency range. After about 50 hours, the soundstage and detail is just fantastic...I can just imagine what will happen at 80 hours of play time. These speakers represent a GREAT value!!!!
Summary: My Def Tech SM 55's are not fully broken in yet but they are already sounding fantastic. I upgraded from the SM45's which are terrific speakers in their own right, but these are a definite step up. They already compete quite well with my other speakers, Monitor Audio Silver RX6 tower speakers, and when they're fully broken in I believe they will best them.
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".