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Definitive Technology Demand Series D11

Bookshelf speakers (Piano Black)

Item # 735D11

The D11s combine high-tech driver technology with an aluminum front baffle for terrific sound in an attractive package.

The D11s combine high-tech driver technology with an aluminum front baffle for terrific sound in an attractive package.

Item # 735D11

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About the Definitive Technology Demand Series D11

Kramer Crane

Stellar sound from the Demand Series flagship

If you're setting up a new high-end stereo music system, consider Definitive Technology's D11 stand-mount speakers. They are the biggest and baddest speakers in Def Tech's Demand Series lineup, and they offer rich, natural sound that can fill even large rooms. The D11s combine high-tech driver technology with an aluminum front baffle for terrific sound in an attractive package.

Stellar sound from the Demand Series flagship

If you're setting up a new high-end stereo music system, consider Definitive Technology's D11 stand-mount speakers. They are the biggest and baddest speakers in Def Tech's Demand Series lineup, and they offer rich, natural sound that can fill even large rooms. The D11s combine high-tech driver technology with an aluminum front baffle for terrific sound in an attractive package.

Definitive Technology D11 bookshelf speaker

Each D11 speaker uses an offset tweeter for precise stereo imaging and a wide sweet spot (right speaker shown with grille removed).

A tweeter designed with music in mind

One of the coolest parts of the D11 is its all-new tweeter design. Each speaker uses a 1" annealed (heated and then slowly cooled) aluminum tweeter for super-smooth, natural highs. Each tweeter is offset from its corresponding woofer by 5°, which helps it deliver a precise center image — a crucial component of the stereo listening experience. 

Def Tech employs its Linear Response Waveguide™ on each tweeter, which helps create a wide "sweet spot" and a lifelike soundstage. Each speaker is labeled as "right" or "left" to optimize stereo playback (and for visual reference, the left speaker's tweeter is offset to the left of the woofer, and vice versa for the right speaker).

Fantastic midrange and hefty bass response

The D11s sport a 6-1/2" Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) polypropylene woofer in each cabinet. These custom-designed drivers deliver articulate midrange and punchy bass. 

Each speaker also features a 6" x 10" racetrack-shaped passive radiator for increased low-end extension.

Get the most out of your stand-mount speakers

I'm a proponent of using high-quality speaker stands with bookshelf speakers. They help improve the sound by giving your speakers a stable, vibration-free platform. When shopping for stands, remember that the ideal height will place the tweeters roughly level with your ears, for maximum clarity.

Speaker stands also give you more placement flexibility, since you won't be limited to a space on your shelf or table. Keeping your speakers away from the wall or the corner of a bookshelf can also prevent excessively boomy bass. Many stands even offer built-in cable management for a neat, clean install.

The Sanus SF22 steel stands are an excellent choice to use with the D11s, but feel free to contact one of our Advisors for an specific recommendation for your setup.


Product highlights:

  • pair of high-performance bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter with 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens™ for excellent high-frequency performance
    • laterally offset tweeter assembly helps creates a precise center stereo image
  • 6-1/2" BDSS™ (Balanced Double Surround System) polypropylene woofer for smooth midrange and punchy bass
    • Linear Response Waveguide™ provides smooths off-axis frequency response and even sound dispersion
  • 6" x 10" racetrack-shaped passive radiator for increased bass extension
  • frequency response: 61-22,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-200 watts
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • 5-layer piano black high-gloss finish
  • aluminum front baffle
  • removable magnetic grille
  • two sets of binding posts for bi-amping or bi-wiring
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Left bookshelf loudpseaker
  • Right bookshelf loudspeaker
  • 2 Grilles
  • 4 Jumper-straps (pre-installed)
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Manual

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More details on the Definitive Technology Demand Series D11

Stacey B.

Features & specs

Enclosure Passive Radiator
Finish MDF/Aluminum
Color Gloss Black
Tweeter Type Hard-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-200
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 61-22k Hz
Connector Type 5-Way post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 13-1/16
Width (inches) 7-5/16
Depth (inches) 12-15/16
Weight (pounds) 19
Wall-mountable No
Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter: The 1" annealed aluminum tweeter is precision engineered to articulate nuance and detail in the high-frequency bands for a crystal-clear listening experience. Offsetting the tweeter by 5° delivers a more precise center stereo image by eliminating undesirable symmetric diffraction off the corners of the front baffle.

  • 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens: Coupled with Definitive's new 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens, the 1" annealed aluminum dome tweeter delivers smoother high frequency response and improved dispersion for a rich and balanced listening experience.
  • Linear Response Waveguide: A patented Linear Response Waveguide extends both on and off axis frequency response, while improving dispersion for more natural mid-range timbre and more precise imaging.
Note: Because the tweeters are offset, the bookshelf speakers are labeled for left (L) and right (R) on back of the cabinet.

6.5" BDSS (Balanced Double Surround System) Midrange/Woofer: A patented 6.5" Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) polypropylene midrange/woofer provides greater excursion and output that results in superior midrange detail and punchier bass compared to drivers of similar size. The speaker's balanced double surrounds support the cone at two points to provide better mechanical stability for longer, more linear excursion, and improved damping to suppress cone resonance.

Passive Bass Radiator: A top-mounted oval 6" x 10" passive bass radiator in each bookshelf speaker produces superior low-end extension. Plus, the addition of a larger spider reduces rocking and increases linearity for deep, tight, clean bass response.

Hand Crafted Cabinet: The speaker cabinets are constructed from MDF with an extruded natural bead-blasted aluminum front baffle. The cabinets are hand-crafted, meticulously sanded, painted with five layers of premium gloss paint, and then buffed for a near-mirror finish (Level 6) for an uncompromising look in your home.

Acoustically Transparent Magnetic Grille: Each bookshelf loudspeaker also comes with an acoustically transparent magnetic grille. The included acoustically transparent magnetic speaker grilles provide natural, uncolored sound when placed on the speaker, and remove easily when you want to enjoy looking at them fully uncovered.

Gold-Plated, Dual Binding Posts: Each bookshelf speaker has two sets of gold-plated, 5-way binding posts connected by jumper-straps. The gold-plated binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade-lugs, & banana plugs (single or dual). Using the dual posts, you can bi-wire or bi-amp the speakers. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speaker provides improved bass & treble performance.

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
  • If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumper-straps between the terminal posts on both speakers (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).
  • In order to use banana plugs, you must completely unscrew the binding-post terminals and remove the rubber caps. Once you have removed the rubber caps, you can fully screw down the binding-post terminals and connect your banana plugs (sold separately).

Mounting Options: The Demand Series D11 bookshelf speakers can simply be placed on a speaker stand, desk, table or shelf. Definitive offers a speaker stand (735DST1, sold separately) specifically designed for the Demand Series bookshelf speakers. Integrated rubber pads on the bottom of the speakers provide stability and protection. You can use the Pinpoint side-clamping brackets (sold separately - see Accessories tab) to wall mount the speakers.

Note: This speaker does not offer a threaded insert or keyhole slot for wall-mounting.

Placement: The D11 bookshelf loudspeakers and your main listening position should be setup in an equilateral triangle that measures 7-10' from each speaker and the listening position. The speakers should be placed approximately 2-6' from side walls and 2-4' from back walls. The speakers should be mounted as close to ear level as possible with the listening position. Toeing the speakers in slightly, toward your listening area will provide stronger stereo imaging.

Demand Series: The Definitive Technology Demand Series loudspeakers deliver full-range, room-filling sound and precise imaging in a modern, elegant styling. Featuring technology advancements to both Definitive's aluminum dome tweeter and midrange/woofer sections, these speakers deliver an unrivaled sweet spot, smoother high-frequency reproduction, and three-dimensional imaging for a technically-advanced, premium listening experience. Definitive Technology's Demand Series consists of two floorstanding loudspeakers (D15/D17), three bookshelf loudspeakers (D7/D9/D11), and a center-channel loudspeaker (D5C).

Optional Powered Subwoofer: Add one of Definitive Technology's powered subwoofers (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) for bigger, deeper, and more dynamic bass response.

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4 questions already asked

Do these speakers accept banana plugs for speaker hook-up?
[ GLEN A  Jun 09, 2022 ]
1 answer
These have 5-way binding posts. They can accept banana plugs, bare wires, spade connectors, and several other methods of attachment.
[ Thomas  Jun 09, 2022 ]  Staff
How long does it take for these speakers to break in? I have run these for roughly 15 hours and they still sound awful. Somewhat better than out of the box but not a lot.
[ MICHAEL  Apr 17, 2021 ]
4 answers
Hello, I have not had issues with mine however I'm mainly using them for movies. I also have mine bi-amped so maybe check your connection. Good luck brother.
[ John  May 12, 2021 ]
The D11 are a great pair of speakers and after 30 hours of stereo listening they sound awesome. ..
[ Layfette  May 12, 2021 ]
Hi, Michael. I have used my D11s for about 20 - 25 hours, and to me they sound wonderful. I have them on the Definitive stands made for the D9s and D11s roughly 10' apart and 12" - 14" off the wall. It's an older brick and block detached house with plaster walls and ceilings. The best listening position is the apex of the equilateral triangle formed by the speakers as the base. I'm using a Rotel A14 integrated amp with 80 watts per channel and 0.03% total harmonic distortion. Good luck, and I hope you find an answer.
[ PETER  May 11, 2021 ]
I Would say around 100 hours.
[ JOHN  May 11, 2021 ]
What is the sound quality for TV sound when used with a Marantz AVR system? It has a built in woofer so subwoofer will not be needed.
[ GERALD H  May 05, 2018 ]
1 answer
The Definitive Technology Demand Series D11 speakers can certainly be used as part of your home theater/surround sound system! For questions regarding fit and/or compatibility in your home setup, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. They can give you a more personalized recommendation and help you make a more informed buying decision. Thanks!
[ DAVID  May 09, 2018 ]  Staff
Can these be laid horizontally? I might not have enough space in my shelf to keep them vertical.
[ Patrick  Jan 23, 2018 ]
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Those speakers will not work too well if you lay them on their side. They have some wave guide technologies to help them disperse the sound for better off axis listening. But when they are laid on their side, those guides now disperse the sound floor to ceiling instead of left to right. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 for a personal recommendation on speakers that will fit and work well My Bio:
[ JASON  Jan 26, 2018 ]  Staff

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