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Definitive Technology CS-8080HD

Center channel speaker with built-in powered subwoofer

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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.

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 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

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.

Definitive Technology CS-8080HD Reviews

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10 Reviews

Definitive Technology CS8080HD

Written by: Raymond from fresno, CA on January 29, 2016

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This is not an average or a common home theater center channel speaker. It's nothing like you've ever heard. Not even anything that you could dream of. ITS A MONSTER AND A BEAST. It's an awesome speaker that too good to be true, but rest assured. ITS ALL TRUE. It somehow sounds better than if an actual person stood in front of you and spoke. I know it sounds crazy but the dialogue on this puppy is to die for. The Active subwoofer makes a world of difference and is incomparable to most if the center channels out there. It is pricy but you get what you pay for. Im verry happy with the looks, size, quality, sound, sound and the SOUND. I also love the sound lol. I know I mentioned sound over and over but when you own one yourself, you won't blame me :) worth every penny.

Pros: Out Of This World Sound. Amazng built quality and sturdy. Beautiful to look at and crystal clear dialogue.

Cons: Regret not buying it sooner. I don't know what I was thinking. I'm sorry :( lol

Definitive Technology CS-8080HD

Written by: Jimmie from Utah on December 20, 2015

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I have owned Def Technology products for 15 years now (BP10, BP8 and CLR2002). I love my BP10 and BP8 tower speakers and I'm still using them in my current set up today. Having said that, I have always been dissatisfied with my CLR2020 center channel due to lack of low end base and unnatural sound. When I saw that Def Tech released CS-8000 series with built-in powered subs, I was sold..

Replacing my CLR2002 with the CS-8080-HD made a HUGE improvement to my system. I don't have to switch to 2 Ch stereo mode anymore when playing music. This center channel is amazing, very natural blend between left and right speakers and you can push the volume to the limit.. I absolutely love this Center channel and is well worth the cost.. Very, very impressed with the CS-8080.

I rarely give any product 5 starts due the fact I am very picky, but 5 stars is well deserved.

Outstanding Job Definitive Technology!!!!

Pros: Excellent sounding Center Channel

Cons: No cons

Definitive Technology CS-8080HD

Written by: Anonymous from New Jersey on December 22, 2014

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Excellent CCS

Written by: Karlos from Austin, TX on September 4, 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.



Nice Center Channel

Written by: damonj from Cordova, TN on June 2, 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.



Def Tech CS-8080HD

Written by: ChuckG from Jacksonville, FL on October 1, 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

Pros: Generally good sound overall

Cons: Overpriced, and would not recommend a center channel with a built in sub-woofer, its overkill.

Very Nice

Written by: JasonL from Saint Louis on 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.

Pros: Great set with all 8080s

Cons: none

Best Center Channel

Written by: Steve from Suwannee, Fl on May 21, 2013

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This is the clearest, most accurate center channel speaker that I've ever heard.



CS 8080 HD

Written by: ANNUBANNU from HOUSTON TX on July 31, 2012

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This center channel speaker is awesome

Written by: Hotrodtaz from Port St. Lucie,FL on 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!!!



Hands-on research

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

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

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

Product Research


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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One of the BEST center channel speakers for home theater EVER. (My personal favorite:) [ Raymond  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Obviously the price is what caught my eye at first and then all the good reviews is what helped guide my decision for purchase. [ Steven  Jan 01, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

You don't turn up the bass level too high. There is a knob behind the speaker to adjust bass level. No need for high bass from center. [ Raymond  Feb 06, 2016 ]
It doesn't. Just leave the dial at the twelve o'clock or so position [ Marcos G.  Feb 06, 2016 ]
never have had this speaker cause any issues and my Blue ray player is right next to speaker. love the speaker and the bass output. no vibration. sitting directly on wood shelf in my set up [ bryan  Feb 06, 2016 ]
I guess because of the weight (38 lbs.) it doesn't shake anything but your ear drums. It evens the sound, and believe me it's GREAT! [ Charles  Feb 06, 2016 ]