Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65
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Item #: 735SM65
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Definitive Technology's StudioMonitor 65 gives you the kind of high-end performance you'd expect from a much larger floor-standing speaker, but in a smaller, more versatile bookshelf design. You'll hear a wide, deep soundstage with realistic imaging backed up by surprisingly deep bass even without a sub. Each rock-solid cabinet features two of Definitive's advanced 5-1/4" mid/bass drivers pressure-coupled to a top-mounted bass radiator for high-impact sound. Together, they provide more total bass radiating area than a 12" woofer, but with greater control, definition and speed than a single large cone. A 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter serves up crisp, extended highs that blend in beautifully with the mids and lows.
The StudioMonitor 65 is chock full of technology that's also found in Definitive's top-of-the-line speaker models. Its twin 5-1/4" mid/bass drivers use the latest Balanced Dual Surround System (BDSS) driver design, which places a surround on both the outer and inner edge of the speaker cone. This helps the cone remain more stable as it moves, resulting in clearer, more accurate sound even at high volume levels. The '65's mid/bass drivers also get Definitive's second-generation Linear Response Waveguide. This mushroom-shaped post in the center of the cone smooths off-axis frequency response for broad, even sound dispersion and a more realistic sonic "image." That means every listener in the room gets to hear balanced, open sound with lifelike vocals and instruments.
Definitive also equipped the StudioMonitor 65 with their latest 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter. This advanced driver is first heat-treated to relax the crystal structure of the metal, then coated with a ceramic that helps produce clear, sparkling highs without a trace of edginess. You'll easily hear the subtle high-frequency details in your music, like the sound of wire brushes gently sweeping the snare head, or the bell-like ring of a brass cymbal.
Definitive paid close attention to other important design elements, too both visible and hidden. At its heart, the StudioMonitor 65 uses a sophisticated crossover network with audiophile-grade components that include over-sized inductor coils and Mylar film capacitors. These give you a smoother, flatter frequency response, more powerful dynamics, and faster transients, for sound with real presence and immediacy. Sturdy, vault-like cabinet construction also plays a big role in this speaker's performance. The '65's well-damped, cross-braced enclosure features a specially contoured front baffle with tapered sides to minimize diffraction and vibrations that can color your sound and reduce accuracy.
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.
Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.
The best bookshelf speakers I have ever owned. I am using them through an expensive early 1960's tube system, and the clarify and range are amazing. My "old" speakers are now my rear surrounds.
Pros: Price, Range, Clarity, Ease of Installation
The Sm65 is a very high quality speaker that is solid and well built. Friends and family are impressed by the sheer Volume the guys an handle. The bass is very full and will satisfy many without the addition of a sub. I am playing these through my new Marantz SR5010 and the sound stage is incredible. These speakers are best when you take the time to position them just right. Also Bi-wiring them seemed to produce a slightly warmer sound as well.
Pros: Soundstage and depth. Quality build (even though they are built in China).
Cons: None so far. They are a bit deep but that is not an issue for me.
No need for a sub. I have them bi- wired to a onkyo mr-808. Using Apple TV to play iTunes. They sound amazing.
Needed a "shorter" center channel speaker to fit between the top of the fireplace mantle and the bottom of my wall mounted Sony TV, and the Mythos 7 fit that bill. I actually took advantage of Crutchfield's 60-day return policy to return a MartinLogan Motion 8 because of it's height - even though I loved its breadth of sound it was too tall. The Def Tech Mythos 7 sounds terrific, but clearly its bass response is less than the Motion 8 due to the smaller sized mid-range/woofers used although I feel the Def Tech's passive radiator design does bring it very close to the MartinLogan.
Pros: "short" height
Cons: Gives up a bit of bass - but I feel this is made up by the side bookshelf speakers.
I have been putting off upgrading my front speakers for 20 years. I have a pair of 89 model Advent Legacy II's that have been living in a 5.1 world. I bought those Advents(before home theater) because of the bass and that's why I couldn't let them go!! The Def Tech's are killing it. I'm hearing things that I have never heard before. If you are an old school person that likes BIG speakers don't be afraid to go to the Def Tech World!!! I'm pushing them with a 2011 Sony ES 5600, it takes all she's got in 5.1 but they sound awesome. Two channel for music is incredible. I'm thrilled with the purchase!!!
Pros: Size and clarity
Cons: If you like to listen to concert DVD's as loud as the concert was you can bottom out the drivers. But I mean LOUD!! Don't let this con scare you!!
Clean sound. Great highs and mid range. I have them connected to my TV with a NAD 356 amp and the clarity of sound is awesome. My ears are 70 years old so I needed some help and got that from these speakers.
Pros: Clean, Crisp, Good Highs and Mid Range
Cons: Not as much base as I wanted but really didn't expect it from 5 1/4" woofers. I will probably add a Sub-Woofer and that will completely make this system awesome!
Clear sound. Sound enclosed and needed more break in time.
Pros: Clean sound and solid construction. When compared to McIntosh, it sounded harsh and sound is not open. Perhaps the wires and the speakers needed more break in before one can really judge the sound quality.
Cons: Sound too enclosed
Speakers are compact, easy to place. Excellent bass. Stereo imaging is good. I tried running them with my Sony DA5700ES (allegedly 130 watts/channel) going thru the crossover on my Pro Sub 800. Not nearly enough power. Sound fine through my old Hafler 500. The Pro Center 2000 matches them we;;
Pros: Good sound, good price. Lots of bass
Cons: Need more power than most AV receivers can deliver
I used the StudioMonitor 65s as my front speakers in the media room of a new house that had cabinets built for bookshelf speakers. I chose the Def Techs after listening to dozens of speakers. I was drawn to them for thier balanced sound and ability to play loudly without distortion. They lack the harshness of some brands. Some may describe the harsh sounds as crisp, but I found that many "crisp" speakers distorted the human voice, especially male voices, to the point of hurting my ears. I would put the sound of the StudioMonitor speakers on par with the mid-level Martin Logan speakers, but the Martin Logan speakers cost about 50% more. The speakers have a significant amount of bass, but you will still need a subwoofer for room-shaking bass levels.
Pros: play loudly, balanced sound
Cons: depth of speaker cabinet may limit placement
I was looking for a set of smallish speakers for my smallish home office. After reading some good reviews about the Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65, I wanted to go to my local Definitive Technology dealer to audition a pair. I was very surprised to learn that I couldn't find one in the Boston area that not one carried them. I did find a local dealer carry the 55 and 45 siblings, but they for some reason could not even special order the 65's. I was able to audition a pair of 55's paired up with a SuperCube 4000 and was impressed. Crutchfield had the 65's in stock that included 2-day free shipping. Two days later, they were delivered as promised. I have had them now for almost three weeks, and I absolutely LOVE these speakers. I have them paired with a SuperCube 6,000, and the sound experience is fantastic for both 2 channel stereo and 5.1 surround for movies. The dynamic range is impressive with crisp and detailed highs and tight bass response. The build quality is top notch with huge bi-amp ready binding posts. You really can't beat the performance of the StudioMonitor 65s for the price.
I have several other Definitive Technology speaker systems, and have been very happy with price, performance and build quality of all of them.
Pros: Reference quality sound with crisp and detailed highs and tight bass response.
Cons: None that I have found.
Tremendouss performance. I was considering a floor standing speaker such as the Definitive Technology Mythos series and then decided to go with these paired with a couple of ProSub1000 subwoofers. The performance is phenomenal powered by Peaxhtree 220 and Peachtree Nova Pre. My CDplayer is a NAD C565BEE. I have an old Panasonic SL N-15 turntable and a JVC TDW 534 cassette player. My music from 8 decades and 2 continents sounds magnificent. The sound of these speakers leaves little to be desired.
Purchased 2 - Studio Monitor 65, 2 - Studio Monitor 45 a CS8040HD and the SuperCube 6000 - receiver is an Onkyo TX-NR809. S/W with DefTech and they said 45's are good choice if rear/surround are just used mostly for movies.
65's are fabulous (as is whole system) - great bass and could be used without a sub-woofer. Excellent crisp sound. Normally use the 65's (with sub) in stereo mode for music, very impressed and great value!
Pros: strong bass, great sound and value
I have these wall mounted with two supercube I's to fill in the bass. These are the biggest speakers I was able to get mounted to the wall. All the punch and volume of towers without the footprint and child tipover liability. Excellent sounding speakers but fairly expensive. I think this is a better route than buying towers with built in subs.
Pros: Lots of volume and power handling, excellent sound, full midrange, loud crisp highs, high quality crossovers. All the full tower sound, able to mounted on the wall, (just barely).
Cons: More expensive than many other bookshelf speakers that will likely cover most people volume needs just fine. Requires serious amp power to reach full potential, (250 watts RMS per email from Definitive Technology).
I can't believe the sound that comes out of these speakers! Despite their small stature, they sound 100% percent better than the floor standing Paradigm Monitor 5 that they replaced!!! Detail and clarity like I have never heard before from such a small footprint. An engineering triumph!!
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Frequency Response||30-30k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||28.5|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
StudioMonitor Series: The Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65 is a compact bookshelf loudspeaker designed for use in audio/video entertainment systems. Because the StudioMonitor 65 is a true full-range speaker with extended low-frequency response, it delivers superb performance both as stand-alone speaker and when combined with a separate subwoofer. Due to its compact size, wide-range, high-power handling, and natural articulate clarity; the StudioMonitor 65 loudspeaker is ideal for use as front, center, or surround speaker in a home theater environment.
2-Way Loudspeaker: Each Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65 loudspeaker features a D'Appolito array consisting of two 5.25" second generation BDSS cast-aluminum basket midrange drivers surrounding a 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter.
Pressure Coupled Radiator Design: The dual 5.25" BDSS midrange drivers are pressure coupled to a top-mounted 6"x12" racetrack bass radiator to extend and amplify bass frequencies. The total bass radiating from a StudioMonitor 65 is substantially greater than that of a single 12-inch woofer but with far greater control, definition and speed than a single sluggish large woofer. The StudioMonitor 65 speaker's bass performance offers depth, detail, and musicality.
Note: Due to the top-mounted racetrack bass radiator, there should be at least 2" of space above the bookshelf loudspeaker.
Phase-Coherent Crossover Networks: The crossover network is the real heart of a loudspeaker as it is responsible for perfectly blending together the sound of the various drivers into a musically seamless whole. The sophisticated crossover network design used in the StudioMonitor 65 loudspeaker features premium audiophile-grade components; such as oversized inductors and Mylar capacitors for audiophile-grade sound quality, with linear phase and frequency response. An integrated Zobel network flattens the impedance of the system so that even budget amplifiers will be able to drive the StudioMonitor 65 loudspeaker (although a premium amplifier will bring out all the performance it has to offer). As a result, the audio signal's phase coherence, transient response, and dynamic integrity is preserved for absolutely lifelike music and home theater reproduction in your home.
Non-Resonant/Low-Diffraction Cabinet: The Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a non-resonant MDF braced enclosure that ensures pure, uncolored performance. The specially contoured high-gloss baffle around the drivers and the tapered enclosure sides enhance sound quality by minimizing diffraction distortion.
Bi-amp/Bi-wire Binding Posts: Each StudioMonitor 65 bookshelf loudspeaker has two sets of heavy-duty, all metal binding post speaker terminals (connected by metal jumpers) to attach your receiver's speaker wire. Using the dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers for even better sound. The binding post speaker terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana-plugs (single only).
Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.
Table-Top Mounting: The StudioMonitor 65 loudspeaker can be simply placed on a bookshelf, table-top, or speaker stand (such as the Definitive Technology StudioStand, sold separately ). Four self-adhesive rubber feet are included to protect your furniture's surface.
Wall Mounting: The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM41B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker.
Note: The speaker does not include any type of wall-mount bracket, threaded inserts, or keyhole slots.
Home theater center speaker [ Milton Feb 05, 2016 ]
One of the BEST book shelf speakers for home theater. AMAZING quality in every way [ Raymond Jan 04, 2016 ]
The sound fills the room. Amazing lows and crisp highs. Would definately recommend. [ Robert Dec 14, 2015 ]
We'll let's say I was so impressed by the def speakers I bought the 55, and the 45 also! The 65 which I bought first have a natural sound for music of all types, again all types! There definition,detail,presence, and positioning of instruments is on par if better than most more expensive speakers. I will say the lower end is there also not in the sense of towers with power amps or 10/12 inch woofers, but close to that presentation.if you close your eyes you are in performance, the cost is really a reflection of the sound, don t second guess yourself, today you get what you pay for. P.S. Wait till you have them for a while and the seat/ break in the sound becomes better and smoother if you can believe that. Good luck in your decision, best regards j Pulito [ JOSEPH Mar 14, 2015 ]
You better believe it. I've had these speakers for a year now. They are part of my home theater, but I listen to a lot of music. When I'm listening to music I turn the sub off and let the 65's do all of the work. They are power hogs, I'm driving them with a Sony 5600ES and it takes a lot of power but they sound GREAT!! The clarity of the bass is unbelievable. I've been very pleased. [ TIM Mar 14, 2015 ]
Hello, These speakers are incredible !! They are a very musical speaker, and the bass is surprising !!! Hope this helps you! Peter [ Peter Mar 13, 2015 ]
I would say they are better for movies and tv. The woofers are a little small to really blast music. Unless you keep the bass lower into them. They have good bass response just not made for that crazy loud music style. They sound good for any type of sound tho! For music I would definitely go with a floor standing speaker or something with a bigger woofer. The SM 55 would be better for music play. [ BRIAN Mar 13, 2015 ]
They are ABSOLUTELY ideal for music listening. I am using them only for music in a 2 channel system and they sound fantastic. I am driving them with a Peachtree 220 amp. My "Listening Room" is down in my finished basement and these speakers do a nice job filling a big area with great sound. I can't wait to move them to a better (acoustically) room and watch these things shine. [ STEPHEN Mar 13, 2015 ]
Yes they are great for music. [ JoeKada Mar 13, 2015 ]