Reviews and Problems with Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65
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good luck finding a better speaker for the money
B Hans, Crutchfield
25 March 2013
Summary: I used the StudioMonitor 65s as my front speakers in the media room of a new house that had cabinets built for bookshelf speakers. I chose the Def Techs after listening to dozens of speakers. I was drawn to them for thier balanced sound and ability to play loudly without distortion. They lack the harshness of some brands.
Pros: play loudly, balanced sound
Cons: depth of speaker cabinet may limit placement
Summary: I was looking for a set of smallish speakers for my smallish home office. After reading some good reviews about the Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65, I wanted to go to my local Definitive Technology dealer to audition a pair. I was very surprised to learn that I couldn't find one in the Boston area that not one carried them. I did find a local dealer carry the 55 and 45 siblings, but they for some reason could not even special order the 65's.
Pros: Reference quality sound with crisp and detailed highs and tight bass response.
Summary: Tremendouss performance. I was considering a floor standing speaker such as the Definitive Technology Mythos series and then decided to go with these paired with a couple of ProSub1000 subwoofers. The performance is phenomenal powered by Peaxhtree 220 and Peachtree Nova Pre. My CDplayer is a NAD C565BEE. I have an old Panasonic SL N-15 turntable and a JVC TDW 534 cassette player. My music from 8 decades and 2 continents sounds magnificent.
Summary: Purchased 2 - Studio Monitor 65, 2 - Studio Monitor 45 a CS8040HD and the SuperCube 6000 - receiver is an Onkyo TX-NR809. S/W with DefTech and they said 45's are good choice if rear/surround are just used mostly for movies. 65's are fabulous (as is whole system) - great bass and could be used without a sub-woofer. Excellent crisp sound. Normally use the 65's (with sub) in stereo mode for music, very impressed and great value!
Summary: Clear sound. Sound enclosed and needed more break in time.
Pros: Clean sound and solid construction. When compared to McIntosh, it sounded harsh and sound is not open. Perhaps the wires and the speakers needed more break in before one can really judge the sound quality.
Summary: Speakers are compact, easy to place. Excellent bass. Stereo imaging is good. I tried running them with my Sony DA5700ES (allegedly 130 watts/channel) going thru the crossover on my Pro Sub 800. Not nearly enough power. Sound fine through my old Hafler 500.
Pros: Good sound, good price. Lots of bass
Cons: Need more power than most AV receivers can deliver
Summary: I have been putting off upgrading my front speakers for 20 years. I have a pair of 89 model Advent Legacy II's that have been living in a 5.1 world. I bought those Advents(before home theater) because of the bass and that's why I couldn't let them go!! The Def Tech's are killing it. I'm hearing things that I have never heard before. If you are an old school person that likes BIG speakers don't be afraid to go to the Def Tech World!!!
Pros: Size and clarity
Cons: If you like to listen to concert DVD's as loud as the concert was you can bottom out the drivers. But I mean LOUD!! Don't let this con scare you!!
Summary: Clean sound. Great highs and mid range. I have them connected to my TV with a NAD 356 amp and the clarity of sound is awesome. My ears are 70 years old so I needed some help and got that from these speakers.
Pros: Clean, Crisp, Good Highs and Mid Range
Cons: Not as much base as I wanted but really didn't expect it from 5 1/4" woofers. I will probably add a Sub-Woofer and that will completely make this system awesome!
Summary: I have these wall mounted with two supercube I's to fill in the bass. These are the biggest speakers I was able to get mounted to the wall. All the punch and volume of towers without the footprint and child tipover liability. Excellent sounding speakers but fairly expensive. I think this is a better route than buying towers with built in subs.
Pros: Lots of volume and power handling, excellent sound, full midrange, loud crisp highs, high quality crossovers. All the full tower sound, able to mounted on the wall, (just barely).
Cons: More expensive than many other bookshelf speakers that will likely cover most people volume needs just fine. Requires serious amp power to reach full potential, (250 watts RMS per email from Definitive Technology).
Summary: I can't believe the sound that comes out of these speakers! Despite their small stature, they sound 100% percent better than the floor standing Paradigm Monitor 5 that they replaced!!! Detail and clarity like I have never heard before from such a small footprint. An engineering triumph!!