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Definitive Technology Center Channel Loudspeaker With In Powered Subwoofer - CS-8080HD

Abt Model: CS8080HD | UPC Code: 093207078354
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Built-In 5 X 10 Inch Powered Subwoofer/ Twin Bass Radiators/ Second Generation BDSS High-Definition Drivers/ Pure Aluminum Dome Tweeter/ 20Hz- 30kHz Frequency Response/ 92 dB Sensitivity/ 8 Ohms Nominal Impedance/ Full Range AV Receiver Crossover/ Black Finish
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Definitive Technology Center Channel Loudspeaker With In Powered Subwoofer - CS8080HD

Optimum surround sound home theater reproduction places heavy demands on the center channel speaker, which in many respects is the main speaker in the system and often handles 50% or more of the program material. It’s no place to compromise and settle for second best. Recognizing the center speaker’s vital role Definitive pioneered the concept of full frequency range high-definition center-channel speakers.

All Definitive CS series center channel models are designed with the same rigid standards and high performance goals as main left and right front speakers and feature wide frequency response and extended dynamic range with extraordinary detail and articulation.

Built-in Powered Subwoofers Make a Dramatic Audible Difference
Most audio experts agree that the ideal surround speaker system would have 5 identical truly full range speakers at every position. But most rooms and setups can’t accommodate 5 identical large speakers. So we engineered the next best thing – a truly full range center speaker that fits on a shelf.

The CS-8080HD features a 5 x 10-inch racetrack subwoofer driver powered by a 300 Watt digital amplifier. The active driver is pressure coupled to two racetrack shaped low bass radiators for a total bass radiating area considerably greater than a 12-inch round woofer.

The brawny 300 Watt Class D amplifier features an integrated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) – in essence a mini computer – that equalizes the woofer system to extend and smooth the bass response, provides a phase coherent crossover network to perfectly blend the subwoofer system with the midrange array for seamless high performance. Digital protection systems tightly monitor and control the woofer system to prevent bad noises and woofer damage at ultra-high volume levels. The bottom line is the CS-8080HD’s outperforms any similarly sized center speaker by a wide margin.

You’ll enjoy a truly full dynamic range and full frequency center channel that actually outperforms many floor-standing main speakers. With the CS-8080HD you will fully realize the performance potential of the center channel program material as the movie director intended it to be heard.

Its upward-firing woofer system only requires 1" (25mm) of clearance, so it works perfectly whether you mount it in free-air or put it in a cabinet.

Patented Technology Delivers High Definition and Wide Dispersion
The “HD” in the name of this speaker stands for High Dispersion. Dispersing the center channel sound evenly over a broad area of the room is vital if all listeners in the room (even those sitting well off-axis) are to hear clear, concise and highly intelligible dialog. We’ve engineered the CS models with our latest generation ultra-high definition midrange drivers that set new standards for wide dispersion.

The CS-8080HD features a D’Appolito array consisting of two cast-basket 5-1/4" (13cm) second generation BDSS midrange drivers surrounding a 1" annealed Pure Aluminum dome tweeter housed in an acoustically isolated sealed enclosure. These are the same drivers and tweeters used in the BP-8080ST bipolar SuperTower loudspeakers, making the CS-8080HD the perfect center channel match. The drivers feature Definitive’s patented Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) technology that supports the speaker cone at both the inner and outer edges allowing longer, more linear excursion for greater clarity and finely textured inner detail. A new patent pending Linear Response Waveguide™ smoothes off-axis frequency response and disperses sound over a wider area for crystal clear intelligibility for every listener in the room.

The 1” (25mm) tweeter is a pure aluminum dome, which has been heat-treated to relax the crystal structure and then coated with a ceramic to produce extended highs that reveal nuance and shimmer without a trace of edginess.

Non-Resonant, Low-Diffraction Cabinet Maintains Sonic Purity
All the driver and electronics technology in the world would be for wasted if housed in a resonance-prone box. We devoted as much Design and Engineering attention to the styling and construction of the 8080’s enclosure as any other part of its design.

The tapered front of enclosure serves to make it appear slimmer while also enhancing sound quality by minimizing cabinet diffraction distortion. The decorative high gloss end caps and top trim panel add elegance to the matte black grille cloth the way satin piping adds dash to a tuxedo.

But the enclosure’s most important job is to be totally inert and resonance free so as not to color the sound. And that’s just we did in engineering the CS enclosures. Wherever a driver or low bass radiator is attached to the cabinet we placed a second layer of heavy MDF (a low resonance wood composite) to prevent the moving drivers from imparting vibration to the rest of the enclosure. The sealed midrange enclosure also serves to provide bracing for the enclosure walls to further stiffen the system. Tap on the top of a CS enclosure to hear the solid “thud” of a stiff, well-damped cabinet instead of the hollow ring of poorly constructed speakers. NOTE: the high gloss polymer composite end caps are decorative elements; they are not part of the acoustical system.

The Proof is in the Listening
This extraordinary speaker sets a new reference standard for center speakers in its price and size class and achieves equally superb performance with both music and movies. The BP-8080ST reproduces a silky smooth, incredibly detailed music, dialog and sound effects at lifelike volume levels with a sense of ease which is truly remarkable.

Now that you’re thoroughly impressed with the technology and passion we’ve poured into the CWS-8080HD it is time to find a stocking dealer near you to audition this remarkable achievement of art and science.

Features:

  • Definitive’s best center channel loudspeaker and the perfect match for BP-8080ST SuperTower® main speakers
  • Built-in 5x10-inch powered subwoofer with twin 5 x 10 bass radiators for ultimate performance and dynamic impact
  • Second generation BDSS high-definition drivers for life-like tonal balance, superb intelligibility and broad dispersion
  • One 1 inch Pure Aluminum dome tweeter

Specifications:

  • Driver complement: 2 each 5-1/4" (13cm) BDSS midrange drivers, 1 each 1" (25mm) aluminum dome tweeter, 1 each 5" x 10" active subwoofer driver pressure coupled to 2 each 5" x 10" Low-bass raditors
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 30kHz
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20 - 300 Watts
  • AV receiver crossover setting: Large, full range
  • Internal amplifier power: 300 Watts
  • Power Requirements: 110 volts AC (product not available outside of USA, Canada and Latin America)
  • Inputs: One pair of 5 way binding posts; One LFE input (optional)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 6.75"
  • Width: 23.5"
  • Depth: 14"

Approximate Weights:

  • Unit: 33 lbs.
  • Shipping: 40 lbs.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Impedance8 Ohms
Midrange Size (inches)5.25"
Sensitivity92 dB
Speaker TypeCenter Channel
Tweeter Size (inches)1"
Voltage110 V
Woofer Size (inches)5" x 10"
Height (inches)6.75"
Width (inches)23.5"
Depth (inches)14"
  

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Definitive Technology Center Channel Loudspeaker With In Powered Subwoofer
 
4.9

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5.0

Excellent vocal extension/detail/ musical too!

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from NY, United States

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I have owned only Definitive speakers for 20 years now. I am consistently drawn to their characterisitic "open" sound, which for me is so pleasant to listen to, and resonates far beyond their price tag. In fact, I spent several hours in listening rooms, toggling between this speaker, and offerings from Martin Logan and B&W, but the CS8040 won out on airiness, presence, power, and footprint. I would say this center sounds very similar to The Definitive 2002 (previous offering,) which I have in my living room, albeit with greater lower octave extension, and while taking up less space. It has a clean modern look which I like, and the preverbial sock enclosure. While I imagine the "sock" is a cost savings, I would gladly pay more for an easier to remove cover, like on the Mythos or SM series, to better view the drivers. As this center is resting atop my Furnitech stand (seem to be drawn to products w "tech"), the low height was a perfect marriage with my T.V.-- not a bit of image obscured from the viewing position. Also, I like the use of plastic opposed to wood on the end caps-it is light and feels strong, and I imagine will be more resilient. On to the sound. I am driving this and a new pair of BP8020's with an Onkyo TXNR609, bass and treble always flat (Love Onkyo receivers,) with Definitive Pro Monitor 800's as surrounds, and a Definitive pro 60 subwoofer. Speaker wire is 12 gauge Monster, using banana plugs. I'm mostly into electronic music like EDM etc, and I either run straight stereo, or often I'm choosing "All Channel Stereo," so I can say this center blends quite seamlessly with the towers, enhancing the presence and pressure levels in the room. I recently watched Django Unchained, and a host of nature films (Life..Netflix-really amazing,) and the CS8040 conveys vocals with great tone and realism. I'm in an apartment, so I keep the levels very moderate, but every now and then turn up louder, and there is just no distortion to be aware of, just clean crisp and clear vocals. I am really enjoying this center speaker, and it is not even close to broken in, so I'm looking forward to the blossoming sound. Of course, I highly recommend this center channel, and Definitive customer service is always stellar, really awesome..

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5.0

Blew my Mind

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This is the first center channel for me with a powered Sub in it. I usually don't leave reviews, but this product deserves one. I tested this out on Lord of the Rings (Troll Scene) it literally made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I couldn't believe what I was hearing or missing I should say from my last 5 or so center channels. Kudos Def Tech, Kudos. I'll be buying another I'm sure for my parents HT room as soon as they hear this one. One word of caution. Upon first hooking the CS8060hd up, it was placed on the top shelf directly above my router on a three tiered shelving system(Roughly 1 1/2 feet between shelves). When I first turned it on there was an incredible amount of noise or interference I guess you could say, I thought I received a dud and would be sending it back for a replacement. After moving my router to a different area all noise is gone and it's working perfectly. Not sure why a router would cause this?

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4.0

Wow!

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from Aurora, IL, United States

Comments about Definitive Technology Center Channel Loudspeaker With In Powered Subwoofer:

Just got this bad boy yesterday, wow! I had a def tech cs1, this is leaps and bounds above what I had. This speaker sounds more spacious, and clear. And the woofer evens out the bass from my 10 inch sub placed in the rear of my room. Using with 2 bp6b's (fronts), 2 pro monitor 600's (front heights), 2 bp1.2x's (rears surrounds), and a energy ecw 10. They all work very well to give me that sound I've been lookimg for. Def tech is secound to none, period!

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5.0

you can feel the power

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from Donaldsonville, LA, United States

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I installed a whole new system a few months ago, including a Sony 65' 4X TV, a Pioneer SC 79 A/V receiver , a Oppo 105 3D player and a few other goodies. I decided to go with Definitive speakers. I started with the CS-8060HD for the center channel, the supercube 600 for the subwoofer and the Mythos 10 for my side speakers. my rear speakers are fairly new of another brand. I had it all installed by a professional installer from an authorized Definitive speaker store and when we cranked it up, it was awesome, the sounds from the speakers was clear , crisp and wraps around you. When we tried it on the 4K setting on the TV, playing a Spider Man trailer clip, it was just the best hook up he ever installed . He was impressed and so was I. Nothing around here he said was even close to these speakers sound output. They can literally shake the house if I wanted to.

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5.0

simply amazing

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from Rockland, MA, United States

Comments about Definitive Technology Center Channel Loudspeaker With In Powered Subwoofer:

This is simply the best sounding center speaker I have ever heard. Amazing power and detail. The powered subwoofer is perfectly matched to the mid bass and highs never "boomy" or over exaggerated but also capable of shaking the pictures. The midrange is crisp and punchy and the aluminum tweeters are sonic and capable of precision detail without any harshness common with most aluminum tweets. Five stars from me!

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5.0

she said boom

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from Vancouver, BC, Canada

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amazing sound on this unit. the bass is very solid. the other speakers in my setup have bass radiators, and when all used together, you can't tell where the bass is coming from it just fills the room. the mids and highs are excellent, sounds do appear to come from within your living room. you get what you pay for with this unit. t

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5.0

Great speaker. Works ...

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Comments about Definitive Technology Center Channel Loudspeaker With In Powered Subwoofer:

Great speaker. Works extremely well with my BP7001sc towers. The sound is clear, and natural sounding. Really does a nice job of anchoring the sound during surround playback. I do have one criticism. The front bevel faceplate is attractive, but when placed out front and under a projection screen (like mine), it is reflective. Eliminating this trim piece and just sticking with the sock (and the side plates) would be a better design.

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5.0

I absolutely love this ...

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I absolutely love this speaker. It does very well with music and movies!! I have a 7.1 setup and use it as a center channel and will be replacing all other speakers with Definitive tech. The built in sub sounds great and adds allot of depth. You feel and hear every punch, explosion and voices are crisp and precise.

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