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Definitive Technology CS-8060HD

Center channel speaker with built-in powered subwoofer

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Built-in powered sub delivers dramatic movie dialogue and special effects

If you're serious about quality home theater sound, you'll be blown away by the difference it makes having a subwoofer built into your center channel. That's right: a subwoofer inside your center channel! Unlike conventional center channel speakers, the CS-8060HD has a 150-watt 8" powered subwoofer built right into its compact cabinet. It ensures that movie dialogue and special effects anchored to the screen have full bass impact, while also boosting your system's total bass output. You'll enjoy dynamic performance and a huge, three-dimensional soundstage from all three of your front speakers.

High-tech drivers for exceptionally detailed sound

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The CS-8060HD has two 4-1/2" midranges flanking a 1" dome tweeter, for perfectly blended highs and mids. The pure aluminum dome tweeter has a silk surround, allowing it to dish out loads of sonic detail without ever sounding harsh. And thanks to Definitive's Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) drivers, movie dialogue and special effects will sound clear, never muddy. The upward-firing woofer requires only one inch of clearance, so this powerful speaker works whether it's placed in the open or in an A/V cabinet.

Build a complete Definitive home theater system using perfectly matched bipole towers (see the BP-8020ST, BP-8040ST, BP-8060ST, and BP-8080ST) and surrounds (see the SR-8040BP and SR-8080BP).

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Did you know?
Your new speakers will probably sound better after several weeks of use than they do right out of the box. That's because the material surrounding the woofers will loosen up, allowing the drivers to move more fully. Definitive Technology estimates a break-in period of 24 to 48 hours of playback before the speakers will deliver optimum sound quality. For more information and helpful tips, check out this article from Definitive's website about conditioning your speakers.

Product Highlights:

  • Balanced Dual Surround System (BDSS) driver technology places rubber surrounds on both the outer and inner edges of each speaker cone for improved clarity
  • frequency response 30-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 250 watts
  • dual 4-1/2" midranges
  • one 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter
  • upward-firing 8" 150-watt subwoofer
  • one set of 5-way binding posts
  • LFE line level input (optional) for subwoofer
  • detachable power cord
  • high-gloss black finish on side and bottom caps with cloth grille-wrapped enclosure
  • 21-1/8"W x 5-3/4"H x 14-1/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years speaker, 3 years amplifier
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

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What's in the box?

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  • Black center channel speaker
  • 2 End caps (installed)
  • Cloth grille sock (installed)
  • 80" AC power cord
  • Owner's manual
  • Online product registration information

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) 4-1/2
Woofer size (inches) 8
Connector Type 5-way post/RCA
Power Range 20-250
Sensitivity 92 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 30-30k Hz
Height (inches) 5-3/4
Width (inches) 21-1/8
Depth (inches) 14-1/4
Weight 26 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Powered Subwoofer: The CS-8060HD features an 8" subwoofer powered by the built in 150 watt class D amplifier. The upward-firing woofer requires 1" of clearance above the enclosure.

Midrange: The two midranges used in the CS-8060HD are 4-1/2" second generation BDSS (Balanced Double Surround System) drivers. The midrange cones are injection molded polymer composite with cast aluminum baskets. BDSS is Definitive's patented technology that supports the speaker cone at both the inner and outer edges allowing longer and more linear excursion for greater clarity and detail. The new Linear Response Waveguide (patent pending) smoothes off-axis frequency response and disperses sound over a wide area (the HD in the part number stands for High Dispersion).

Tweeter: The tweeter is a pure aluminum dome, heat-treated to relax the crystal structure, then coated with a ceramic to produce extended highs.

Voice-Matched: The CS-8060HD is a full-range low-distortion center channel speaker, timbre-matched to blend perfectly with the Definitive Technology BP-8060ST or BP-8040ST SuperTower main speakers.

Binding Posts: The speaker terminals are gold-plated, 5-way binding posts and will accommodate spade connectors, single or dual banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 10 gauge.

Line Input: In addition to the speaker level inputs (which are required), if the connected receiver/amplifier has a center channel line level output, it can also be used to send signal to the powered subwoofer section of the CS-8060HD (this input should not be used with the receiver's LFE output).

Bass Level: A rotary knob on the back panel controls the output level (volume) of the powered subwoofer.

Auto Power: When a signal is delivered to the CS-8060HD the amplifier automatically turns on and the rear panel LED lights. Once the signal is removed the amplifier automatically turns off (after about an hour).

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The best center channel I have owned

Written By emanon whitney, Georgia on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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I wanted a new center channel speaker to replace an old Infinity center channel that I have owned for years. I decided that this model would be an excellent choice for my home office surround system which has B&W front and rear speakers, an Infinity subwoofer and a Denon AVR. I did a lot of research and liked that this speaker has a subwoofer.

I have thought about replacing the Infinity subwoofer but that desire is less pressing now that I have this DefTeck center channel. I listen to music but I mostly have the tv on so the center channel does most of the work. I wanted a good one and this does a great job. I am very pleased. The room that this system is in is fairly small: 12' X 16'.

I don't think this should be thought of as a replacement for a dedicated subwoofer.

Pros: Very pleasing sound. Great for dialog but also good for music. Clarity is excellent. Nicely supplements my subwoofer.

Cons: None that I have found.

Best of both worlds

Written By DUB 23, Owings Mills, Md on Saturday, November 16, 2013

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This Def Tec center channel with a built in subwoofer is like having the best of both worlds. Replaced my Polk TSI C10 with this Beast!!! Nothing bad to say about Polk but this Def Tec is best center channel out on the market. If you don't have room for a subwoofer this is the way to go!!!!! The bass is amazing and the acoustics are incredible!!!!!!!!

Pros: Excellent if you don't have the space for a separate subwoofer.

Cons: Nothing at all!!!!

Definitive Technology CS-8060HD

Written By Anonymous, hillsdale, MI on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Excellent center speaker. I have some hearing loss and the clarity of this speaker helps a LOT!

Pros: clarity, dynamics, powerful bass

Cons: non

Definitive Technology CS-8060HD

Written By Anonymous, Louisiana on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Clean sound but lacking low end

Worth every penny!

Written By Dave, Discovery Bay, CA on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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After convincing my wife that we needed to upgrade from our 18 year old Klipsch speakers, I purchased these 8060 towers, the 8060 center and the 8040 surrounds. There wasn't much in the setup since the subs are built in. After talking to Definitive Tech to get the pros and cons of using the low pass sub cable, I decided to not use it. There were really no advantage to using it. The towers and center subs are integrated and require no cross over setting when using only the speaker wires. How simple is that? The built in subs sound great! The're sound is seamless, more realistic and natural than separate subs. The center speaker has a punch to it that my old one never had. I was amazed to find out how much bass is directed to the center channel that just wasn't picked up by my old Klipsch center speaker.

Pros: Amazing center channel speaker. I was amazed to find out how much bass is directed to the center channel that just wasn't picked up by my old Klipsch center speaker.

Cons: None!!!

Get this speaker with the sub built in

Written By Jeff B, Cincinnati, OH on Friday, February 17, 2012

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I can finally understand the TV and movie dialogue without cranking the volume! I compared this to the lower center speaker model, which is the 8040, and I HIGHLY recommend getting this one with the built in subwoofer. The sound is crisp, clean and full. I have this in the top rack of my stereo cabinet with great results.

Pros: Rich, full sound with the sub.

Cons: I have a lot more to plug in with this and 2 8040 towers. Needed another power strip.

Best Center Ever

Written By Chad S, Raleigh, NC on Saturday, January 21, 2012

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This is the most amazing center channel I have heard. The built in sub has enough capacity to fill the entire room, making the center channel very complete. The mid to sub transition is silky smooth and indistinguishable.

Pros: Sound

Cons: A bit large for a center channel, but that comes with having a built in sub.

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Definitive CS-8080HD

Enjoy more nuanced mids and bass

The Definitive Technology CS-8080HD offers these features:

uses dual 5-1/4" mids instead

has a 5" x 10" woofer with dual bass radiators powered by a 300-watt amplifier for intense bass

handles up to 300 watts