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Definitive Technology CS-8060HD

Center channel speaker with built-in powered subwoofer

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If you're serious about quality home theater sound, you'll be blown away by the difference it makes having a subwoofer built into your center channel. That's right: a subwoofer inside your center channel! Unlike conventional center channel speakers, the CS-8060HD has a 150-watt 8" powered subwoofer built right into its compact cabinet. It ensures that movie dialogue and special effects anchored to the screen have full bass impact, while also boosting your system's total bass output. You'll enjoy dynamic performance and a huge, three-dimensional soundstage from all three of your front speakers.

Built-in powered sub delivers dramatic movie dialogue and special effects

If you're serious about quality home theater sound, you'll be blown away by the difference it makes having a subwoofer built into your center channel. That's right: a subwoofer inside your center channel! Unlike conventional center channel speakers, the CS-8060HD has a 150-watt 8" powered subwoofer built right into its compact cabinet. It ensures that movie dialogue and special effects anchored to the screen have full bass impact, while also boosting your system's total bass output. You'll enjoy 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-8060HD has two 4-1/2" midranges flanking a 1" dome tweeter, for perfectly blended highs and mids. The pure aluminum dome tweeter has a silk surround, allowing it to dish out loads of sonic detail without ever sounding harsh. And thanks to Definitive's Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) drivers, 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.

One of THE best center channels I've heard. Clear, concise and great bass will fill your room.... if you can find one!

Alberto, Ft Lauderdale, FL

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What's in the Box:

  • Black center channel speaker
  • 2 End caps (installed)
  • Cloth grille sock (installed)
  • 80" AC power cord
  • Owner's manual
  • Online product registration information

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 30-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 92 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 250 watts
  • dual 4-1/2" midranges
  • one 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter
  • upward-firing 8" 150-watt subwoofer
  • 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
  • 21-1/8"W x 5-3/4"H x 14-1/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years speaker, 3 years amplifier
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) 4-1/2
Woofer size (inches) 8
Connector Type 5-way post/RCA
Power Range 20-250
Sensitivity 92 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 30-30k Hz
Height (inches) 5-3/4
Width (inches) 21-1/8
Depth (inches) 14-1/4
Weight 26 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Powered Subwoofer: The CS-8060HD features an 8" subwoofer powered by the built in 150 watt class D amplifier. The upward-firing woofer requires 1" of clearance above the enclosure.

Midrange: The two midranges used in the CS-8060HD are 4-1/2" 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-8060HD is a full-range low-distortion center channel speaker, timbre-matched to blend perfectly with the Definitive Technology BP-8060ST or BP-8040ST 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-8060HD (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-8060HD 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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Have this center speaker for a few years in my theater room and upgrading my bedroom system. The quality of sound and impact will please any discriminating listener. [ ALBERT  Apr 12, 2016 ]
I recently upgraded my front L&R speakers to Definitive Technology BP-8060ST. My old center speaker could not match the sound quality. While listening to straight 2 ch. stereo music (loud!) it obviously didn't matter. But while watching movies or surround music, the old center brought the experience down a notch. So I decided to retire the old chap and bring in a new matched center for my awesome def tech's. Can't wait to hear the result... [ Michael  Apr 03, 2016 ]
Powered subwoofer, same footprint as cs-8040hd [ C  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Good Sound [ Jeff  Feb 25, 2016 ]
To match the BP-8060ST Floor Speakers I'm ordering. All three speakers are replacements for my aging BP7002 Front and Center speakers. [ Ralph  Feb 22, 2016 ]
I love my CS-8040HD but I am intrigued with the powered subwoofer on the CS-8060HD. Also, I want my center channel to match my BP-8060ST. [ M  Jan 25, 2016 ]
Sonny recommended it for my theater room set-up and also the quality. Sonny's Bio: [ MARCOS  Jan 12, 2016 ]
Amazing center channel for home theater. [ Raymond  Jan 04, 2016 ]
To match my 8060 towers [ Steven  Jan 01, 2016 ]
Amazing company with high quality and value for the price. [ Robert  Dec 14, 2015 ]

4 questions already asked

I am not the best person to ask although I do own this speaker. I don't really listen to music often and since my ear is not very sophisticated, I can't say that I have noticed much difference as far as break in. I have owned it for about 18 months but have not noticed changes over that time. I use this speaker as the center channel with two pairs of B+W speakers in my study. I use it almost exclusively for television while I work on the computer. I bought this knowing about timbre matching and problems of mixing different brands but I can't tell any real difference between this speaker and my B+W's. I honestly don't want to become that discerning. Ridiculous? I admit it. But it works for me and the sound is great. Rarely do I use the main system in the living room any more despite its bigger TV and bigger speakers except on date nights. Even when I am not multi-tasking using the computer, I tend to gravitate to my study to watch TV or listen to music because it is a cozier room it may be because of the quality of the sound or maybe its closer proximity to the kitchen... [ Hiram  Apr 09, 2016 ]
You Do not have to use the LFE input , It works better to just hook it up Like normal Speaker and set Speaker settings to Large [ Jeff  Jan 09, 2016 ]
You do not need to use the LFE input for the 8060 center channel. I just have mine connected via speaker wire and it works great. Almost too good sometimes because dialogue can be too bass heavy, so I keep my bass knob at less than 50% [ Jordan  Jan 08, 2016 ]
Yes. Lfe only runs thw sub. [ Robert  Jan 08, 2016 ]
No you don't need to use an LFE output for the sub to work. It's actually designed to use a high level (speaker level) or low level input (rca). It's meant to be used more for adding a powered sub to the center channel but can be used for LFE if needed though it works best to make the center act like your towers. It's been one of the best center channels I've owned as having that powered sub built in really makes the center stand out in a home theater system instead of being a "voice box" like most center channels. With your powered sub towers this would match perfectly as with my SM bookshelves it's so good that during late night viewing I turn my main sub off and still enjoy the output. [ RICHARD  Jan 08, 2016 ]
Your subs in the 8060 will work with speaker hookup also, you will need to switch the settings in your avr to large fronts to send the low signals to them. Put your sub on the Lfe output. [ FRED  Jan 08, 2016 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The CS8060 center channel can certainly handle more wattage but they are efficient enough to work pretty well with the Pioneer receiver. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Feb 19, 2015 ]  Staff
I think you would be better off purchasing a Klipsch center speaker that matches your reference series fronts. [ HANK M  Jan 16, 2014 ]
each manufacturer of speakers has its own characteristics of sound. I personally think Definitive speakers are more smooth and realistic sound than Klipch speakers which are more harsh and bright. I would want to stay within its own manufacturer when pairing with speakers. Unless if you are looking for certain characteristics for your center channel and front speakers. [ WILLIAM  Jan 16, 2014 ]
Hi, It is good center speaker,but I would go with the Klipch center speaker becuase the drives will match up with the Klipch RF-7II better. [ MICHAEL  Jan 16, 2014 ]
Hi Stephen. Yes it will of course work, but I wouldn't think this is the best option for you. For me, mix matching speakers is like mix matching tires on a car. I don't do it. It makes for a less quality drive, or a less quality listening experience. I don't know what model the Klipsch tower is, but I would recommend finding a Klipsch center, at least the tonal qualities that make a Klipsch a Klipsch should be retained. Another car comparison, a BMW drives like a BMW no matter the model. A Honda feels like a Honda no matter the model. I think speakers are much the same. In summary I would find a Klipsch center if I were you, or I would swap out everything for DT's. Hope this helps. [ IAN  Jan 16, 2014 ]