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Definitive Technology Incline

Powered desktop stereo speaker system

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Definitive Technology

Spacious, wide-open sound for your desktop

Definitive Technology Image powered speaker

With their striking angled design and impressive performance, Definitive Technology's Incline powered speakers add a clean, contemporary look and rich, exciting sound to your desktop environment. They're perfect for creating an immersive "near-field" listening experience just a few feet away from where you sit at your computer.

The Incline's unique backward tilt not only complements the appearance of your desktop monitor or laptop computer, it also aims the speakers directly toward your ears for greater clarity and fuller frequency response. And to give your music and movie soundtracks an even greater sense of depth, the Incline uses Definitive's bipolar technology, with front- and rear-firing speaker components that add spaciousness to the sound.

Versatile connections for your system

The Inclines can be connected to any open USB port on your computer, bypassing its built-in sound card. That kind of direct digital connection means there's less potential for noise and interference to degrade the sound quality. A built-in DAC (digital-to-analog converter) gives you far greater sonic fidelity than the DACs found on most computer sound cards. The speakers also include a minijack input for connecting a portable music player, as well as an optical digital input. And if you crave even higher output levels with more bass, a rear panel output jack is available for adding an optional powered subwoofer.

Classic Definitive build and good looks

Unlike many other desktop computer speakers, which rely on a single full-range driver to reproduce all the frequencies, each Incline features a smooth-sounding 3/4" silk dome tweeter, a 4" woofer, and a 2" rear-firing full-range driver. A pressure-coupled 4" passive bass radiator helps deliver greater low-frequency impact. The system has four separate amplifiers built in, plus sophisticated digital signal processing that keeps the sound powerful and detailed at any volume level.

Along with great sound, Definitive gave the Incline classic good looks. Details include a support base made from a solid slab of machined aluminum to provide stability and style. The enclosure is fabricated with Definitive's exclusive Polystone mineral-filled polymer for solid, resonance-free performance, then wrapped in acoustically transparent grille cloth. Sonically and visually, Definitive's Incline speakers stand tall.

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Highlights:

  • powered stereo speakers
  • angled cabinet design directs sound toward your ears for greater clarity and fuller frequency response
  • bi-polar driver array radiates sound front and back for enhanced depth and spaciousness
  • built-in digital-to-analog converter for high-quality sound with digitally connected music sources
  • amplifier power: 80 watts (20 x 4)
  • frequency response: 30-20,000 Hz
  • DSP (Digital Signal Processor) enhances audio signal for better sound quality
  • each speaker contains:
    • one 4" bass/midrange driver
    • one 4" pressure-coupled bass radiator
    • one 3/4" silk dome tweeter
    • one 2" rear-facing full-range driver
  • USB input bypasses your computer's sound card for better performance
  • optical digital input for connecting digital audio sources
  • stereo minijack analog audio input for connecting an iPod® or other music player
  • RCA subwoofer output jack
  • 5"W x 11-7/16"H x 4-3/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Pieces in System
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2
Wireless
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No
Video Shielded
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No
Tweeter Type
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Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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0-3/4
Midrange size (inches)
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2
Woofer size (inches)
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4
Woofer Composition
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Polymer
Powered Subwoofer
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No
Power Output (Watts)
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80
Frequency Response
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Not give Hz
Height (inches)
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11-7/16
Width (inches)
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5
Depth (inches)
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4-3/8
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Powered speakers
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 5' DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 6' Tether cable
  • 39" Stereo minijack cable
  • 5' USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable
  • User Guide
  • Online Product Registration

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Features

Self-Powered Desktop Speakers: The Definitive Technology Incline self-powered loudspeakers will transform the space around your desktop computer into a rich listening environment. The Incline self-powered speakers have been optimized for use on desktops, shelves, and credenzas using a unique form factor that enhances sound quality while complementing the appearance of today's desktop monitors and laptop computers. Its built-in amplifiers, digital signal processing, and bipolar speaker configuration will take your desktop audio to a new performance level.

Bipolar Speaker Design: The Incline self-powered loudspeaker's bipolar configuration radiates sound in an omni-directional pattern. Front facing drivers include a 0.75" silk dome tweeter and one 4" polymer cone mid/woofer that is pressure-coupled to a 4" planar bass radiator. A rear facing 2" full-range driver creates a spacious soundscape far beyond the confines of your desktop. Your listening experience is more life-like, more involving for music and movies. 

Bi-Amplified Configuration + DSP: Four 20-watt class HD amplifiers (each speaker is bi-amplified) power the system for effortless high volume, low distortion clarity. The Incline powered speakers employ a 56-bit DSP (digital signal processor) to enhance the input audio signal for better sound quality reproduction.

9.5-Degree Angle: Desktop speakers often sound dull, lifeless and flat. The Incline's 9.5-degree angle literally points the speaker toward your ears, aiding directivity and making it possible for you to hear the full bandwidth. Vocals are more intelligible and music and movie soundtracks sound utterly lifelike.

Polystone Cabinet & Aluminum Base: The Incline powered speakers include a support-base made from a solid slab of machined aluminum to provide stability. The enclosure is fabricated with Definitive's trademark Polystone mineral-filled polymer, and wrapped in acoustically transparent grille cloth.

USB (type-B) Port w/ DAC: The Definitive Technology Incline self-powered loudspeaker is fitted with a USB (type-B) port to connect your Mac computer or Windows PC. The Incline's USB port bypasses the inferior internal DAC in your computer and uses its own high-quality TI PCM 2704 DAC  DAC (24-bit/48kHz) to provide exceptional sound reproduction that is detailed, natural, and warm. The USB port is located on the back panel of the Right speaker. Playback of up to 24-bit/48kHz, 2ch music files is supported.

Analog + Digital Inputs: The Incline powered speaker is equipped with an analog (3.5mm) and digital (optical) input. The 3.5mm analog input allows you to connect any portable audio device with a headphone or audio output. The optical (toslink) digital input lets you connect your TV, Blu-ray player or Sat/Cable box. The optical digital input supports PCM audio signals only (not Dolby Digital/DTS). The analog & digital inputs are hidden behind a cover plate on the rear panel of the Right speaker. Playback of up to 24-bit/48kHz music files is supported through the digital input. Any music file can be played back via analog input.

Tether Cable: A 6' tether cable is supplied which connects left & right power speaker together. The cable transfers audio and power from the Right speaker to the left speaker.

Sub Output: For higher output and more bass, you can add an optional external powered subwoofer to the Incline via its rear-panel Sub Out RCA jack. The sub output is located on the back panel of the Right speaker (there is a cover plate that will need to be removed).

Power/Volume Controls: The Right speaker features Volume Up/Down and Power On/Off controls on its side-panel.

External AC Power Supply: The Definitive Technology Incline self-powered loudspeakers operate off of standard household current using the supplied external AC power supply and AC power cord. The AC power supply plugs into the back of the Right speaker.

  • Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz, 1.0A
  • Output: 20.0V - 2.0A
 
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5 out of 5

Inclined for Greatness!

Written By smauigolf, Wash DC on Thursday, April 03, 2014
 
These speakers have fantastic sound quality. I listen to a lot of good music and have a nice sound system in the man-cave. But for PC speakers these literally are the bomb! I actually bought the first set for my PC at a local retailer, then another 2 days later for my Mac. These speakers are made for the Thunderbolt display and very attractive. They have a slight 9.5-deg 'incline', and look great on the desk and take advantage of the rear-firing bi-polar speakers with a back wall. They can hookup to your PC via Optical, USB, or 3.5mm Aux. I use the optical but the USB is great too as it gives access to the built-in DAC. Yep, these DTs have their own high-grade DAC inside. Simply press the power and volume down buttons to put it in the DAC mode. The DAC sounds great but once activated, you must use the vol controls on the speakers for control. Simply press power and vol up and switches to non-DAC mode. Overall - the feel and build quality is fantastic. They have a solid brushed aluminum plate that ~1/4" thick, foam bottom. The woofer and tweeter above the speaker produce a wide even sound stage. I had a pair of HK Nova's with the BT and loved those, but they sound similar to the AudioEngine2+. These DT Incline's are similar to the AudioEngine5+ but with only a 4"x5" foot print, vs the 5+ massive 7.5" x 10" foot print. Who has room for those on a desk? It has a coax sub out, but is really not needed. These DTs have a lot of bass with 80W - my quest for the PC speaker grail is over!
Pros:
Size, Inputs, Optical, USB, Aux, Built-in-DAC, Power, Ease of Set-up, Build Quality, Sub out, No remote to Lose
Cons:
Cost, Stand-by?, Minimal Documentation
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5 out of 5

great speakers

Written By lml, louisville, ky. on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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really nice looking, great sounding and room filling speakers.
Pros:
look and sound
Cons:
none at all
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5 out of 5

The Inclines

Written By FrankH, Concord, NC on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Salesperson recommended these when the Audio Engine 5 was too big. I have these on my desk in the two rear corners. They are inclined which is great for the sound. Side mounted power & volume.
Pros:
Good size, good looking, great sound.
Cons:
The documentation is "light". They do go into sleep mode with no audio signal, but that is not documented. You have to remove the rear panel from the main speaker to input analog audio. A small remote control, like the Audio Engine speakers have would have been a nice addition. It was a chore to register this product on the DT web site.
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