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Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000

Center channel speaker (White)

72 Reviews | 2 questions - 2 answers

Overview

Our take on the Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000

Both 4-1/2" woofers produce natural-sounding dialog, while lower frequencies are turbocharged by 4-1/2" bass radiators at both ends of the cabinet (see above). This clever design doubles the lower-midrange radiating area without increasing the size of the enclosure. A 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter produces extended highs that reveal nuance and subtle detail without a trace of edginess.

Impressive center channel sound from a sleek speaker

The ProCenter 1000 delivers impressive home theater sound quality at an affordable price. This compact, easy-to-use speaker reproduces crystal-clear dialogue and true-to-life sound effects — perfect for thrilling home theater performance.

Grille off shot

High-tech drivers for rich sound

Tweeter

Both 4-1/2" woofers produce natural-sounding dialog, while lower frequencies are turbocharged by 4-1/2" bass radiators at both ends of the cabinet (see above). This clever design doubles the lower-midrange radiating area without increasing the size of the enclosure. A 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter produces extended highs that reveal nuance and subtle detail without a trace of edginess.

Compact, easy-to-place speaker

Size comparison

You can place the ProCenter 1000 on a shelf using the included leveler foot, or mount it on your wall using using optional brackets. This speaker is voice-matched with Definitive's complete ProCinema series, and can be paired with any ProCinema surround or subwoofer. To create a high-performance ProCinema 800 system, pair the ProCenter 1000 with four ProMonitor 800 satellites and a ProSub 800.


BDSS drivers

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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.


BASED ON THE REVIEWS I READ IT DOES EXACTLY WHAT IS SAYS AND HAS IMPROVED OUR SYSTEM

Anonymous, JACKSONS GAP, AL

What's in the Box:

  • White center-channel speaker
  • Removable cloth grille (installed)
  • 2 Plastic inserts
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online Product Registration card

Product Highlights:

  • video-shielded for safe placement next to any TV
  • frequency response 47-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 200 watts
  • one 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter
  • two 4-1/2" BDSS bass/midrange drivers pressure-coupled to two 4-1/2" bass radiators
  • 5-way binding posts
  • non-resonant PolyStone cabinet
  • gloss black finish
  • adjustable leveler foot
  • 14-5/8" W x 4-7/8"H x 5"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Passive Radiator
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 4-1/2
Connector Type 5-way post
Power Range 10-200
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 47-30k Hz
Height (inches) 4-7/8
Width (inches) 14-5/8
Depth (inches) 5
Weight 8 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Overview: The Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000 video-shielded center-channel speaker utilizes state-of-the-art components (BDSS driver coupled with a pressure-driven planar low-frequency radiator, a pure aluminum dome tweeter, a uniphase crossover network, and a non-resonant PolyStone cabinet with low diffraction construction) in order to achieve the most lifelike sound possible in your listening room. As much as 75% of a movie's soundtrack is played by the center-channel loudspeaker making it arguably the most important speaker in a home theater system. The ProCenter 1000 loudspeaker is ideal for use as a center-channel speaker in conjunction with Dolby Surround Sound Pro-Logic and Dolby Digital decoding.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Pressure Coupled Radiator Design: The ProMonitor center-channel speaker provides clear, high-definition sound by pressure-coupling Definitive's exclusive BDSS technology drivers to two equal-sized mid/bass radiators cleverly placed on the sides of the center-speaker. This technique doubles the lower-midrange radiating area of the speaker without increasing the size of the enclosure. The result is a warm and life-like sound.

BDSS Technology: Definitive Technology's Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) driver offers a wide-bandwidth accurate frequency response, broad dispersion, low distortion, and detail retrieval; so you hear more the music with greater accuracy and enjoyment. BDSS drivers incorporate the following design features.

  • Balanced Double Surrounds: 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 parasitic cone resonance.
  • Mineral-Filled Polymer Cone: The ProCenter 1000 features a deeply drawn mineral-filled polymer cone engineered using sophisticated 3D modeling techniques for wide range performance.
  • Waveguide: The cone's integrated waveguide smoothes off-axis response for broad, even dispersion and better imaging.
  • High Temperature Voice Coil: The driver's high temperature, oversized, lightweight vented voice coil offers improved power handling and quick transient response. The voice coil is also lengthened to increase linearity and lower distortion.
  • Magnet Structure: The driver's magnetic system is optimized by finite element analysis to maximize magnetic flux in the gap for high efficiency and linear excursion.
  • Die-Cast Alloy Basket: The die-cast alloy basket minimizes ringing and vibration while the open area minimizes back wave reflection.

Drivers: The Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000 features two 4-1/2" BDSS driver coupled to two side-firing 4-1/2" pressure-driven planar low-frequency radiators, and a 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter.

Break-In Period: The ProCenter 1000 loudspeaker will sound good right out of the box; however, an extended break-in period of 20-40 hours or more of playing is required to reach full performance capability. The break-in period allows the suspensions to work in and results in full bass, a more open midrange, and smoother high frequency reproduction.

Enclosure Design

Non-Resonant PolyStone Cabinet: The Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000 uses a non-resonant PolyStone cabinet with low diffraction construction. The speaker cabinet is available in a high-gloss black or white finish. The speaker's cabinet features a removable cloth grille.

Connections

Binding Posts: The ProCenter 1000 is equipped with a pair of gold-plated, 5-way binding posts to attach your receiver's speaker wire.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000 can be mounted on a stand or shelf; or even wall-mounted. The ProCenter 1000 has two threaded inserts (1/4"-20) on the back, which can be used with a pair of optional Definitive Technology ProMount brackets (735PMT80, sold separately) or other manufacture wall-mount bracket (sold separately) to mount the ProCenter 1000 on the wall.

Placement: The Definitive Technology ProCenter 1000 can be placed above or below your television.

Angle Adjustment: The ProCenter 1000 loudspeaker has a simple built-in device which allows you to adjust the vertical angle of the speaker. There is an adjustable rubber-foot on the bottom-rear of the speaker cabinet. when you set the center-channel speaker down, the speaker will lean back and rest on this foot. By varying how far you screw in-and-out the foot, you can adjust the vertical angle of the speaker. It is recommended that you aim the center-speaker so that it aims directly towards the height of the listeners' ears.

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Why did you buy this?

to match my system [ Gary D.  Mar 22, 2017 ]
This product has outstanding reviews, and was recommended by the AV guys that wired my house. I can't wait to see how this center speaker changes our sound clarity in our room. [ Brandon  Feb 14, 2017 ]
It was the only center I could find that would fit under my TV. [ Alfred  Jan 31, 2017 ]
I liked the technology used in this speaker and it was the right size and price for my space and wallet. [ Michael  Jan 22, 2017 ]
It works and it works well. Enough said. [ tod  Jan 05, 2017 ]
matches my system some research i did on my own, and my conversation with ringo [ ultimate  Jan 04, 2017 ]
needed new center channel and definitive technology 1000 was one of the most highly rated after extensive research [ THOMAS  Dec 30, 2016 ]
Complete my balanced Definitive system. [ Douglas  Dec 18, 2016 ]
quality merchandise & good service o.k. [ JOSE  Nov 26, 2016 ]
I have a home with prewired in wall definite technology speakers [ Giridhar Kalpat  Nov 26, 2016 ]
The sound is soooo nice and the form factor is perfect for my set up. [ Charlie  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Sound quality and size [ Mark  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Recommendation from advisor for current system [ John  Nov 22, 2016 ]
great sounding theater speakers [ brad  Nov 22, 2016 ]
Recommended by advisor. [ William  Nov 07, 2016 ]
Size. [ Scott  Oct 31, 2016 ]
It is a great match for the 8040 towers I bought last fall. [ Lawrence  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Sam's recommendation [ David  Oct 15, 2016 ]
It fits in the space allowed in my cabinet and two separate Crutchfield advisors said I would love this speaker. [ Sean  Sep 21, 2016 ]
it was suggested to match with rest of surround sound [ Ricardo  Sep 04, 2016 ]
Size and frequency response [ Timothy  Jul 13, 2016 ]
I have a small area to cover. 12' x 14'. I will add front channel Def.Tech's in corners. Already have a set of Kenwood XXX9's since 1982 in other corners. It will be awesome!! [ Michael  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Fits my space and will compliment my other Def Tech speakers which i love [ Andrew  May 17, 2016 ]
It seemed to be the most bang for the buck - three different sizes and styles of speakers in one unit. Replacing an Infinity center channel that a dying AV Receiver may have blown. Consistently good reviews were a big plus. [ Michael  Apr 21, 2016 ]
Recommendation on Crutchfield website and value for the money [ STEVEN E  Apr 02, 2016 ]
got this center to go with the ProMonitor1000's. [ Chris  Mar 17, 2016 ]
Size [ James  Mar 12, 2016 ]
Being a retired high school band director has taken its toll on my high frequency hearing. The DT 1000 has helped to clear up the dialog on movies. Still having trouble hearing my wife-maybe I will start looking for something to help that, or maybe not. [ ROBERT  Feb 24, 2016 ]
I selected this ProCenter 1000 speaker to provide awesome highs as well as lows. I have the other surround speakers and sub now. This will add great sound to the basement for movie watching. [ Rob  Jan 09, 2016 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield advisor. [ Jon  Dec 03, 2015 ]
I order this center channel speaker for the white cabinet and in my pricepoint [ Thomas C.  Dec 10, 2016 ]
Bought this a couple years ago. Works great. Goes with all of the other Definitive gear I bought. [ MARK  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Quality sound [ Carlos  Nov 20, 2016 ]
Matches rest of system, was recommended by advisor [ David A.  Oct 24, 2016 ]
rated very high for the price and look good in white [ Chris  Jul 14, 2016 ]
Matches my other DT speakers [ S  Jan 11, 2016 ]

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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the install. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Apr 18, 2015 ]  Staff
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