Definitive Technology CS-8080HD

Center channel speaker with built-in powered subwoofer

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by Kristen Schaub
Definitive Technology

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.

Hear and feel the power of Definitive Technology's best center channel speaker

Treat your ears to the drama and intensity of home theater sound like they've never heard before. Unlike conventional center channel speakers, the CS-8080HD has a 5" x 10" subwoofer, reinforced by dual passive radiators and driven by a built-in 300-watt amplifier. It reproduces the vocal nuances of your favorite actors while ensuring that any special effects that are anchored to your screen have full bass impact. Get ready for 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-8080HD has two 5-1/4" midranges flanking a 1" dome tweeter, for perfectly blended highs and mids. The pure aluminum dome tweeter has a silk surround, which helps it reveal lots of sonic detail without ever sounding harsh. And thanks to Definitive's Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) drivers, your 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.

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  • 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 20-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 300 watts
  • dual 5-1/4" midranges
  • one 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter
  • upward-firing 5" x 10" 300-watt subwoofer
  • dual 5" x 10" bass radiators
  • 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
  • 23-1/2"W x 6-7/8"H x 16-1/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years speaker, 3 years amp
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Passive Radiator
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) 5-1/4
Woofer size (inches) 5
Connector Type 5-way post/RCA
Power Range 20-300
Sensitivity 92 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 20-30K Hz
Height (inches) 6-7/8
Width (inches) 23-1/2
Depth (inches) 16-1/4
Weight 33 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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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

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Powered Subwoofer: The CS-8080HD features a 5x10-inch racetrack style subwoofer powered by the built in 300 watt amplifier. The active driver is pressure coupled to two 5x10-inch racetrack style passive radiators for a total bass radiating area larger than a 12-inch round woofer. The class D amplifier features an integrated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) that equalizes the woofer system to extend and smooth the bass response. A Linkwitz-Riley crossover network maintains a smooth output around the crossover frequency. The upward-firing woofer requires 1" of clearance above the enclosure.

Midrange: The two midranges used in the CS-8080HD are 5-1/4" 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-8080HD is a full-range low-distortion center channel speaker, timbre-matched to blend perfectly with the Definitive Technology BP-8080ST 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-8080HD (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-8080HD 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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5 out of 5

Excellent CCS

Written By Karlos, Austin, TX on Thursday, September 04, 2014
Bought this Center Channel Speaker (CCS) 3 months ago and I wished I had purchased it much sooner. The clarity that is now from dialogue whether it be from watching regular television or a movie is great. I no longer have to turn it up so loud that my neighbors know what I am watching. I can keep low volumes and still hear everything. Bass can be overwhelming at loud volumes and I clearly learned what rattled I my home. Once, I found that sweat spot on the amp level it is remarkable. A must have CCS. Money well spent.
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5 out of 5

Nice Center Channel

Written By damonj, Cordova, TN on Monday, June 02, 2014
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Purchased this with 8080 fronts and surrounds. Not only is dialog clear, but I now hear substantial bass information coming from center. This is placed on a low profile tempered glass entertainment center. Actually had to remove everything from the same shelf this was on because the bass would rattle everything. Was not expecting that from a center channel. Have had setup since April 2014, satisfied so far.
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3 out of 5

Def Tech CS-8080HD

Written By ChuckG, Jacksonville, FL on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
The Def Tech CS-8080HD is very disappointing for as much as it costs and the reviews I read. First the sub-woofer has to be set low or the speaker vibrates on the shelf it is sitting on. If set to a higher volume a loud passage such as an explosion in a movie the speaker distorts. The dialog at low volume is hard to understand and my wife keeps turning to volume up on my Pioneer Elite SC-27 receiver so she can hear what is being said
Generally good sound overall
Overpriced, and would not recommend a center channel with a built in sub-woofer, its overkill.
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5 out of 5

Very Nice

Written By JasonL, Saint Louis on Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Happy with my purchase the sound is strong and loud. No complaints sometimes it may sound a little muffled but that might also be my screen infront of it...not sure yet.
Great set with all 8080s
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5 out of 5

Best Center Channel

Written By Steve, Suwannee, Fl on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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This is the clearest, most accurate center channel speaker that I've ever heard.
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5 out of 5

CS 8080 HD

Written By ANNUBANNU, HOUSTON TX on Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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5 out of 5

This center channel speaker is awesome

Written By Hotrodtaz, Port St. Lucie,FL on Thursday, August 11, 2011
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The sound that comes out of this center channel speaker --You would not believe -- just fantastic!!! Worth every penny -- a big 5 star!!!
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