California-based audio company Definitive Technology has been making crazy high-performance speakers since the early ’90s, and today the company is announcing its new Dymension Series, a set of nine speakers based on their “bipolar” driver series technology and features taken -in powered subwoofers, in-wall surrounds, and Atmos-certified height modules, among other sonic treats.
You may not be immediately familiar with the Definitive Technology brand name, but it is well known as one of its founders Sandy Gross, founder of Polk Audio, and its co-brands include Boston Acoustics, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, and Marantz.
Def Tech (as it’s also called) made a name for itself with its B10 “bipolar” speakers in 1991, and later with its popular BP9000 series of home theater speakers. Well, Def Tech has decided it’s time for the BP9000s to get a much-needed upgrade with the all-new Dymension Series. Components of the new series will range from $699 to $2,499 and consist of four tower speaker models, three center speakers, and a Dolby Atmos / DTS:X-compatible up-firing height module that can sit on top of two tower models . . Def Tech has dropped both sizes of the BP9000’s beefy surround speakers in favor of one slimmer pair of wall-mounted height and surround speakers.
Dymension Series flagship towers, the DM80 ($2,400 each), are an impressive set of speakers that can push out 400 watts of continuous power from its new GaN FET amplifier, which promises less heat, high power efficiency, and lower distortion . This is good because it’s powering the DM80 12-inch, side-driven subwoofer, one in each tower, allowing you to build a soundly balanced system with subs in the corner of each room without use the space for two. large woofer cabinets. Each tower cabinet also holds dual opposing bass radiators that handle the lowest end of the subwoofer’s frequencies for a bigger, low-end sound.
At the top end of the DM80 tower cabinet is a Definitive Tech full-wall bipolar array, consisting of a total of six speakers, configured in two rows of three drivers: one row facing the front of the cabinet, the other facing the back . Each set consists of a stacked line of two 5.25-inch mid/bass woofers and a newly designed 1-inch aluminum oxide tweeter that sits between them. The set of rear drivers have balanced output for the front array and can use the walls of the room to enhance the sound, says Def Tech, “resulting in a wide enveloping sound situation that many listeners enjoy and more attractive. .”
The power balance from the rear dipole array can be adjusted and fine-tuned to optimize the placement and suit any room – for example if you need to position them closer or further from a wall – and there are cross-cut controls on The DM80’s have added customization options for the bipolar effect that the other towers in the series don’t. The Dymension Series line of towers includes the flagship DM80s, the DM70s with a slightly smaller 10-inch powered woofer ($1,999 each), the DM60 with an 8-inch powered woofer ($1,499 each), and the DM40s, slim passive without power. tower speaker ($999 each). Additional information on these towers was not available at press time, but we can assume they all share the same dipole array.
Dymension Series tower speakers are further enhanced by the optional DM90 height module ($999 per pair) that can be connected on top of the DM80s and DM70 towers, although it is not clear exactly how they connect. The DM90 is a Dolby Atmos-certified and DTS:X-compatible height speaker that directs sound up and toward walls and ceilings for immersive sound. The wall-mounted DM95 wall-height speakers ($799 a pair) can also be added to further build out a full surround system.
Definitive Technology also announced a series of three mid-channel speakers: the powered flagship DM30 ($1,499), the smaller, slimmer and underpowered DM20 ($799), and the smallest of the three, the Non-powered DM10 ($699) . The DM30 is the cream of the crop, however, with its four 5.25-inch midrange woofers, and 1-inch aluminum oxide tweeter, and “3XR” architecture that combines an 8-inch powered subwoofer with two passive bass radiators for big lows. end. And like the DM80s, the DM30’s midrange woofers use BDSS (Bright Dual Balance System) and LRW (Line Response Waveguide) which the company says ensures smooth bass response, boosted output and detail in the midrange, and low distortion. Again, additional specific information for the DM20 or DM10 replacement speakers was not available at press time.
Dymension Series speakers can be mixed and matched to suit your taste and budget and will be available starting today at brick and mortar dealers or through the Definitive Technology website.