The Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65 is a bookshelf speaker that looks great and sounds great. It's their flagship speaker. Definitive Tech has a long history and wide span of excellent products. They were built with the goal of creating rounded, clear sound with a dynamic range and fidelity. The StudioMonitor 65 is consistent with DefTech's reputation of high quality, high performing speakers.
The DefTech 65 measures 16 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 15 3/16 inches. It's pretty large. And its larger design and passive radiator allows it to generate deeper bass than its competitors. When you crank these up, you'll be surprised at how well they hit the lows. We were. Its midrange is incredible too. It has two 5.25-inch midrange woofers that have abnormally large phase plugs. Phase plugs sit in the position of a speaker dust cap but it's attached to the pole, not the cone. And for the highs, the StudioMonitor features a 1inch aluminum dome tweeters.
So, the question of the day is: do the perform? Well, in our testing they blew us away. We literally could not get these speakers to distort or generate anything other than clear, detailed music. The sound just got bigger and bigger. These are truly a phenomenal set of bookshelf speakers.
Some key features:
- two second-generation Balanced Dual Surround System (BDSS) 5-1/4″ mid/bass drivers
- Linear Response Waveguide technology
- rigid die-cast aluminum driver baskets
- top-mounted bass radiator
- second-generation 1″ pure aluminum dome tweeter
- crossover network features oversize inductors and premium Mylar capacitors
- non-resonant braced enclosure ensures clean, uncolored sound
- wood grain matte black enclosure with high-gloss, anti-diffraction baffle and detachable cloth grille
- frequency response: 30-30,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 92 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- recommended amplifier power: 20-300 watts
- dual 5-way binding post speaker terminals for bi-wiring and bi-amping options
- 16-3/8″H x 7-7/8″W x 15-3/16″D
- warranty: 5 years
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