Definitive Readies Subs, Bookshelf Speakers For CEDIA Expo

Definitive Technology will go to next month's CEDIA Expo with a completely new bookshelf-speaker series, its first two wireless-ready subwoofers, and the first passive multichannel soundbars in the company's XTR series of ultra-thin on-wall speakers for use with ultra-thin flat-panel LCD displays.
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Definitive Technology will go to next month's CEDIA Expo with a completely new bookshelf-speaker series, its first two wireless-ready subwoofers, and the first passive multichannel soundbars in the company's XTR series of ultra-thin on-wall speakers for use with ultra-thin flat-panel LCD displays.

Definitive Technology will revamp its bookshelf-speaker selection with the launch of the latest StudioMonitor series.


The XTR soundbars just began shipping. The bookshelf speakers ship in the fourth quarter. And the subs will surface in September.

The new bookshelf series, which keeps the StudioMonitor name, represent the company's first new bookshelf speakers in 10 years. With the launch, the series goes to three SKUs from two at a suggested $399, $599, and $899/pair. All ship in the fourth quarter.

The bookshelf series has been redesigned from the ground up to improve appearance and performance, delivering what executive VP Dave Peet called "monitor-style speakers that break the price/performance barrier."

All three of the two-way bookshelf speakers use the latest generation of patented Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) bass/midrange drivers and Definitive's latest pure-aluminum dome tweeter to deliver major upgrades in accuracy, detail retrieval and imaging, the company said. The top two models also feature top-mounted planar bass radiators to deliver "deep, precise and powerful bass performance not usually found in such compact speakers," the company continued.

The bookshelf series consists of the $399/pair SM45 with 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter and 5.25-inch bass/midrange driver in a vented enclosure. The $599/pair SM55 features 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter, 6.5-inch bass/midrange driver, and one 6x10-inch top-mounted passive racetrack bass radiator. The $899/pair SM65 features two 5.25-inch bass/midrange drivers with a 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter in a D'Appolito configuration. The top-mount racetrack bass radiator goes to 6x12 inches in size.

Bookshelf sizes start at 11.7 by 6.75 by 11.7 inches and range up to 16.5 by 7.9 by 15.4 inches.


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