Ordered the entire Def Tech 9080 line-up (towers, center & surround). The towers BOTH had the same issue: The (internal) amp for the internal subwoofer produced an incredibly loud "pop" noise from the speakers when the amp automatically powered off - loud enough to make you jump off the couch. I called Crutchfield, they tried to contact Def Tech with no success. I tried to contact Def Tech DOZENS of times with no success. Eventually I was able to reach Def Tech and they were aware of the issue. They send me new amps. They arrived within a week with NO installation instructions. Three connections looked like simple "plug". One connection did not. I was disappointed that when I receive faulty speakers, they expect me to repair them. It may be the easiest solution, but there is also the worry that a simple DIY mistake during the replacement could void the warranty. I decided to send the speakers back to Crutchfield thanks to their generous and worry-free 60 day return policy. The Crutchfield rep was VERY helpful during the process. I love the design of the speakers and tried to make it work. I wanted to keep them and spend dozens of hours researching how the fix the issue. During the research it became obvious (avsforum and feedback on several dealers) that this was not an isolated issue. Quality of customer service shows when issues arise - Crutchfield fully delivered on their 60-day money back promise. Not so much Def Tech - at least in my subjective/disappointed view.
Pros: Beautiful design Once crossover is optimized on receiver, the sound quality for home theater use is excellent Very well protected (packaging) for shipping
Cons: If one of Def Tech's customer service line is perpetually experiencing "technical issues", there is a problem. If an authorized dealer cannot get a hold of Def Tech - there is an issue. I am happy to see so many positive reviews and I am happy for the owners that have not experienced any issues - I would still recommend to potential buyers to google the issue, read through forums and read feedback on the web. 30 minutes of work that could save dozens of hours later on.
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After getting all the kids raised, it was time for me to finally upgrade my speakers. And boy, did I. The 9080x is everything you would want in a speaker, clarity, depth, range. These speakers are amazing
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I have given this review a lot of thought regarding whether or not it should be submitted. I purchased a scratch & dent Def Tech BP9080X. I expected a blemish or two, but received a defective speaker. The "D" light on the front of the speaker, a neat aesthetic feature, does not work. I called Crutchfield and it was agreed that the light was probably the reason the speaker was returned. I was advised that this issue qualified it as scratch & dent. Crutchfield defines scratch & dent as "These open box items have minor cosmetic damage. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents. The manufacturer's warranty applies." I do not believe that any defect on any item, as defined by Crutchfield, falls into the scratch & dent category. A DEFECTIVE ITEM SHOULD NOT BE OFFERED FOR SALE WITHOUT THE BUYERS KNOWLEDGE. If I had been made aware, I do not know if I would have purchased the speaker. I was not given the opportunity to make that decision. It was suggested that I could contact the manufacturer. I have two problems. They did not sell me the defective product and it appears that I would have to pay for shipping and insurance to get it repaired. Ouch! I did purchase a second BP9080X and reserved a CS9080 at Crutchfield. Because of Crutchfield's reputation, I passed on "open box" opportunities at Best Buy on both speakers. The purchases at Crutchfield were made for the amount of the sales price.
Pros: Great Speaker
Cons: Defective light
21 of 33 found this helpful
Very nice sound--got the 9080 specifically for the 12" subs which give very nice deep bass.
Pros: Very nice quality sound both tweeters and with the subs
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I LOVE my BP-9080 Def Tech tower speakers!!! You can't go wrong with built in subwoofers in each tower!! I have never had Def Tech speakers prior to purchasing my 9080x's. I had many speakers before and in my opinion Def Tech blows them all out of the water! I have since upgraded my home theatre to a 9.2 surround sound all Def Tech speakers! Had to get the matching 9080 center speaker and that speaker is killer with it's built in subwoofer! In my opinion it only makes sense that a center speaker has a subwoofer. In a 5.0 setup I noticed that the bass tends to come through the center speaker the most without a sub. As always Crutchfield has the best customer service and they are my go-to for my electronic needs and/or wants. Would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone that like me needs great bass, excellent treble, excellent midrange and phanamanal acoustics. I can't turn it up without knocking down the house!!! I might mention that make sure both sub volume knobs are in the same position for nice stereo bass.
Pros: Treble, bass, midrange, acoustics and superb life like sound
Cons: Heavy but nothing else
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I recently upgraded my sound system in my home with the Def. Tech. 9080x to replace my older mirage speakers .. I was honestly nervous at first because I never heard of the brand but trusted Crutchfield and I am so glad I did because these speakers are awesome
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Replaced aging Mirage surround sound speakers. The Definitive Technology BP-9080X speakers are amazing. The highs are crystal clear without being harsh. The mid-range is clean and focused. The built-in subs have plenty of power and range to support any movie or music without getting muddy or boomy.
Pros: Built-in Dolby ATMOS. Built in powered sub-woofer.
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Moved up to this speaker from a 15 year old def tech bp 10. SPECTACULAR. I LOVE the sound from these speakers. Literally the best I have ever heard. I highly recommend these and expect them to last me another 15 years.
Pros: Awesome unbelievable sound
Cons: Lots of connections to make for primary + atmos speakers + sub LFE channel....but well worth it.
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Absolutely amazing speakers. Music sounds incredible. The bi-polar speakers fill the room like you're in a concert hall. The movie watching experience is better than going to the theater. I've had a traditional theater setup in previous house with a 12" sub and there is absolutely no comparison. Without an additional sub the bass from the towers is so powerful you can feel it in your bones, but no matter how much I turn it up these things are crystal clear. I have them paired with the matching center/surrounds and a Denon 1403. Keep in mind you'll need an extra set of speaker connections for the Atmos speakers.
Pros: Sound quality is next level.
Cons: Large size and bi polar setup requires they be setup several feet from the wall, so you'll need a significant amount of space. Biggest downside is how badly you'll be spoiled. You won't be able to listen to music or watch movies any other way.
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Absolutely fabulous! This set of speakers is pumping out sound that frankly....I've never heard before....It sounds like you're in the recording studio with the muscians. Can't go wrong....The design is also very sleek.
Pros: Delivery was tracked very well. Packaging was good. No damage to the speakers. Easy to install and set up with our Yamaha receiver.
Cons: A bit tall but we're ok with it.
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I upgraded to these from a set of Definitive Technology's BP-9040 and was blown away. These speakers give every bit of performance that you would expect from a flagship speaker. The stereo imaging is very good and the built in subs help even out my room.
9 of 9 found this helpful
Incredible, beautiful, full, rich sound!! Best speakers I have ever had. Immersive - a three-dimensional sound experience - the music just pops right out and makes you feel good.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Best speakers I've ever owned without a question! Very full speaker and I got rid of my sub and only use the 2 towers subs.You won't go wrong!
Pros: Best sounding speakers, full sound!
Cons: No cons at all!
7 of 7 found this helpful
Awesome speakers. They sound great with good mids ,highs and lows. There is a full emersion with the bipolar design that really just pulls you in the movie itself. The atmos speaker on top does and effective job to help the full emersion with movies and music. I like that you can adjust the bass to the level you desire with the touch of a button. These speakers are tall and fill a room with sounds you probably have never heard. I paired them with a Marantz SR8012 and they just came alive like I never heard music or movies before. The CS9080 center does a yeoman's job to really set the stage and literally just reaches out and grabs you. Special thanks to Crutchfield they made everything go very smooth and that's why I keep coming back for all my needs. Cheers!
Pros: Very good appearance, sound and quality. Good emersion from the bi-polar design . Touch control on the bass is a nice touch and Atmos speaker on top does an effective job to help everything come together. The Cs9080 center channel is just simply amazing.
Cons: The center channel is big so be prepared to make room for it. You just might love them so much you'll need another pair.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Fantastic speakers. I compare them against my Martim Logan electrostatic system speakers and they are close to MLs in all respects. Great buy from Crutchfield, they responded to my order quickly and accurately. I reccomend them highly, a great company to buy from.
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Pros: Blends in with furniture.
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Nice speakers. Ordered on a Saturday and arrived via UPS the following Friday. Large well-padded packaging. Easy to follow unpacking directions except for the limited space imposed by my ceiling. UPS called the morning of delivery to see that someone would be home (gave a three-hour window), and the delivery driver called later to narrow the window to an hour-and-a half. Delivered on schedule. Not counting navigating the speakers through the living room furniture, the set-up was easy and connecting to my new Yamaha RX-A1070 Receiver and Panamax M5300-PM Power Conditioner was a snap. The sound produced by these speakers is beautiful. Highs, lows, mid-range and bass (nice to be able to remove my massive Yamaha sub-woofer). Movies and shows from cable, disc and Apple TV sound crisp, sharp and warm. My 50-year-old vinyl sounds better than ever -- The Doors -- just WOW. When the rest of my cables arrive, I'll connect the "height" speakers (and the last two surrounds). As part of the purchase of these two towers I received a "free" CS9080 center speaker. Alas, the center speaker is too large for our cabinet and too small to mount the TV on. I will correct this sometime in the future, although that future may be a bit distant. My current B&W CC6 center speaker does an excellent job with the towers and the four B&W DM-601s provide excellent surround sound. I am quite looking forward to enjoying their sound for some time to come. Will amend this review if necessary.
Pros: The sound is just beautiful.
Cons: Packaging is a bit unwieldy, but even this retired 67-year-old teacher was able to unpack and install on his own.
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Sound great. Also like how this is one unit which gives you two speakers and a subwoofer. It is tall so be prepared for a special delivery and a really large box to recycle. Unit comes well packed with some extra details taking to packaging that gives it an elegant experience. There is a light on the front bottom, but this can easily be turned off.
Pros: One unit serving three functions Impressive look in your theatre.
Cons: Large box to get rid of afterwards
6 of 6 found this helpful
Doesn't matter if you're after the sight or the sound -- these beautiful speakers have both! When the boxes containing the speakers arrived, I couldn't imaging HOW I was going to get them OUT of the boxes. Definitive packaged them very neatly-- no sweat!,
Pros: Exceeded expectations
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Like the previous reviewer, I am using the CS-9080 as a center. I also have Polk surrounds for 5.2.2. I am using a Marantz AV7703 processor and two Emotiva XPA Gen 3's for amplification. These 9080X towers were a BIG upgrade from my Def Tech BP7002's I had previously. They are very crisp, have deep bass, and great imaging. Very pleased, you can't go wrong with these.
Pros: Excellent sound stage, easy to drive, very crisp sound
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My units are currently running off a Marantz SR5010 receiver. The sound is unbelievable with the self powered Def Tech CS9080 center channel. It immerses you in sound you can feel in your chest and bones at any volume level. The bass and mid range clarity is super crisp and second to none. Took the pricey leap when the sales promotion included the $1000.000 CS9080 center channel for free that let me score the described highest end Def Tech trifecta for under 4 grand. Will soon be using a pair of Polk T20e reference speakers as rears for the complete surround effect. Happy customer!
Pros: Second to none, believe the hype!!
Cons: Pricey without sales promotions. Large speakers that mean business!
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