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Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800

Single compact satellite speaker (Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800

Build your own compact high-performance home theater system around Definitive's ProMonitor 800. This versatile, easy-to-place speaker delivers spacious imaging and smooth sonic response — perfect for thrilling home theater sound. The sound will surprise you, but it shouldn't — the ProMonitor 800 uses many of the same technologies as Definitive's larger, more expensive speakers.

Compact, versatile speaker for tight spaces

ProMonitor 800

Build your own compact high-performance home theater system around Definitive's ProMonitor 800. This versatile, easy-to-place speaker delivers spacious imaging and smooth sonic response — perfect for thrilling home theater sound. The sound will surprise you, but it shouldn't — the ProMonitor 800 uses many of the same technologies as Definitive's larger, more expensive speakers.

You can place the ProMonitor 800 on a shelf using the included tri-lobed base, or mount it on your wall using the rear-panel keyhole slot for out-of-the-way placement.


High-tech driver design for warm, rich sound

The 4-1/2" woofer gets a big performance boost from the mid/bass radiator mounted in the top of the cabinet (see more photos). This clever design doubles the lower-midrange radiating area without increasing the size of the enclosure, and helps provide rich, lifelike sound. A 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter produces extended highs that reveal nuance and subtle detail without a trace of edginess.

Options for stereo or home theater sound

Use a pair of these speakers with any Definitive Technology powered subwoofer for full-range stereo sound. This speaker is voice-matched with Definitive's complete ProCinema series, and can be paired with any ProCinema center channel speaker. To create a high-performance ProCinema 800 system, combine four ProMonitor 800 satellites with Definitive's ProCenter 1000 and ProSub 800.


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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.


Exactly what I was hoping for in looks and sound. Only issue was that when installing on a wall, the wire connectors can be difficult to access. Also, ordered white and it's easy to get dirt on the grill.

Alan, Boca Raton, FL

What's in the Box:

  • Black satellite speaker
  • Removable cloth grille (installed)
  • Removable pedestal foot (installed)
  • Plastic insert tab
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online Product Registration card

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 57-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 89 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 150 watts
  • Balanced Dual Surround System (BDSS) technology — places rubber surrounds on both the outer and inner edges of each speaker cone for more precise motion resulting in exceptional clarity
  • 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter
  • 4-1/2" BDSS bass/midrange driver pressure-coupled to a 4-1/2" bass radiator
  • non-resonant PolyStone cabinet
  • magnetically shielded for safe placement next to older tube TVs
  • 5-way binding posts
  • gloss black finish
  • keyhole slots and tripod base included
  • 4-13/16"W x 8-3/8"H x 5-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Passive Radiator
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 4.5
Woofer Composition Polymer
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 10-150
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 57-30k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 8-3/8
Width (inches) 4-13/16
Depth (inches) 5-1/16
Weight (pounds) 4
Mounting Bracket Included Keyhole
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Overview: The Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 loudspeaker 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. The ProMonitor 800 loudspeaker may be used in a 2.0-channel system as a full-range driver, in a 2.1-channel system as a satellite speaker with a powered subwoofer, or as a satellite speaker in a home theater system.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Pressure Coupled Radiator Design: The ProMonitor satellite provides clear, high-definition sound by pressure-coupling Definitive's exclusive BDSS technology driver to an equal-sized mid/bass radiator cleverly placed on the top of the satellite. 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 ProMonitor 800 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 ProMonitor 800 features a 4-1/2" BDSS driver coupled to a 4-1/2" pressure-driven planar low-frequency radiator, and a 1" pure aluminum dome tweeter.

Break-In Period: The ProMonitor 800 loudspeakers 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 ProMonitor 800 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 ProMonitor 800 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 ProMonitor 800 loudspeakers may be placed on a stand or shelf, or mounted on the wall or ceiling. The ProMonitor 800 features a pedestal foot which allows it to fit securely and safely on a stand or shelf. The attached pedestal foot can be removed to mount the speaker to Definitive Technology's matching speaker stand (ProStand, sold separately) or to wall-mount the speaker. The ProMonitor 800 can be wall-mounted using the rear-panel keyhole slot. In addition, there is a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the speaker so you can use Definitive Technology's optional mounting bracket (ProMount 80, sold separately), or other manufacture bracket (sold separately) to hang the speaker on a wall or ceiling.

Note: There is a insert plug included which covers the hole in the bottom of the speaker which you will see after you remove the pedestal foot when wall-mounting the speaker.

Placement: When used as front speakers, the ProMonitor 800s should usually be placed 6 to 8 feet apart and kept away from the side walls and corners. When used as rear speakers, take care never to locate the speakers forward of the listeners. The ProMonitor 800s may be angled in towards the listening position or left parallel with the rear wall according to your personal listening taste. Normally, angling the speakers in so that they point directly at the listeners will result in more detail and greater clarity.

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Why did you buy this?

Bought this to replace one I broke. [ Dale  Mar 28, 2017 ]
My rear surround speakers (4) of these. [ E  Mar 12, 2017 ]
Price Point for the Pair, plus the Top Seller label with 49 comments to review. [ Andre von  Jan 19, 2017 ]
ProMonitor 800's will be used for rear surrounds to complement CS-8040HD and L/R Studio Monitor 65's. [ Brian  Dec 31, 2016 ]
sales rep recommended [ Lyn  Dec 20, 2016 ]
Complete my balanced Definitive system. [ Douglas  Dec 18, 2016 ]
Compact size, good ratings, great price [ Douglas  Dec 01, 2016 ]
Excellent stats, reviews and are more compact than comparable speakers in their class. [ MICHAEL  Nov 23, 2016 ]
great sounding theater speakers [ brad  Nov 22, 2016 ]
Recommended by advisor. [ William  Nov 07, 2016 ]
For overhead sound in 7.1 system. Wanted the Dolby Atmos sound [ ETHAN  Sep 29, 2016 ]
They match my Definitive Technology Mythos speakers in appearance and audio quality. Using them for surround speakers. Love 'em. [ DAN  Jul 29, 2016 ]
Manufacturer's recommendation for adding to ProCinema 600 system to obtain 7.1-channel configuration. [ Robert  Jul 29, 2016 ]
Great sound from a little speaker! [ JAMES P  Jul 03, 2016 ]
recommended by manufacture to go along with speaker package I bought. [ Samuel  Apr 28, 2016 ]
surround speaker size [ Scott  Mar 13, 2016 ]
High quality [ Martin  Feb 17, 2016 ]
I have the Definitive Technology Procinema 600 system and one of the rear speakers is blown. I plan to place the 2 Promonitor 800's in the front and place the 2 600's in the rear [ B  Jan 26, 2016 ]
going to use these for Dolby Atmos playback, and these are reasonably priced for this application. [ JACK  Apr 30, 2017 ]
to finish up the definitive technology 5.1 sound system to a 7.2 system [ JOHN  Dec 14, 2016 ]
Bought these a couple years ago too. They are great and go with the rest of the Definitive gear I bought. [ MARK  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Best suited for my needs. [ L Myron  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Needed additional speakers to go with the ProCinema 600 to complete a 7.1 setup. [ Ketan  Aug 19, 2016 ]
rated very high for the price and look good in white [ Chris  Jul 14, 2016 ]
I've been using 7 Definitive Technology speakers for my 7.1 system and now wanted to add rear speakers to my B&O system on another floor. [ Leo  Jul 03, 2016 ]
Recommended by my son. Also have the center speaker and wall speakers [ Jeanette  May 30, 2016 ]
it is a smaller version of an old pro monitor 200 that I was using for surrounds. the wife wanted something smaller for the surrounds. I think that the sound should be as good as the old speakers. [ Donald  Jan 13, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

I can understand your concerns, but... The PM 800 doesn't really have much bass at all. If it was me I would drop down. I can't remember what the names are ATM, but here is what I would do. Get the smallest PM speakers with a small Sub. There should be setting in your RV so the bass does travel through the walls. Doing this in a small setting will open up the sound and when you know no one is open go ahead and crank it up. Remember to play Pink noise through the faced together and one out of Phase. In the end, even sub bass set to really low is better the just using these speakers to really on any bass at all. I hope this helps you. [ Javan  May 24, 2017 ]
Yes, those speakers are a good size and have great sound. [ Juan  May 21, 2017 ]
If you hoping for 5 channel surround sound, No. The speakers won't do it. But for high quality stereo sound I'm pretty happy. I think they are a good value. I use them for CD music on a medium priced stereo system. I use a sound bar on my television (on a different floor) and I happy with that too. [ John  May 19, 2017 ]
I use them in a 1500 s.f. fitness studio, so yes, they are definitely more than adequate! [ ROBERT  May 19, 2017 ]
I have a small den - 10x20 ft - and really like how the Pro Monitor 800's perform. They do a nice job as an upgrade for TV sound. I also use them for stereo listening and am very pleased. Due to their size, they are a little light on the bass response but a small boost on the amplifier bass remedies that. The speakers should be more than adequate for your use. Hope this helps. [ James  May 19, 2017 ]
Yes and may be. If youhave a A/V amplifier that runs dedicated 2ch stereo on each speaker, yes it will do with plenty of power. The maybe is related to how big is big and ultimately the function you are pursuing. I installed mine 5.1 on my basement which is about 900 sq.ft for my man cave (home theather+bar+pool table). I put about half+ volume and my wife could hear with clarity what was going on on our second floor. In a world of pesky neighbors and noise cancelation headphones, this speakers deliver a lot and you may well get complains from your next door friend if cranked to their full potential. I did research for quite a while and those are the only consistenly recommended by several A/V publications. My only recomendation is to buy the wall mounts. I use a shelf for the front ones and the speaker tends to bounce at high volume when harmonics makes the shelf and the speaker couple with their vibration. Still working to solve the problem. [ GREGORI  Jan 15, 2014 ]
Depending on the size of the large room. These are good quality, good sounding speakers but if you expect them to fill the room then will you may be disappointed. Either add a subwoofer to take some of the load off the smaller speakers or go with one of the larger bookshelf speakers in the DefTech line. Hope this helps guide you. [ TYRONE  Jan 10, 2014 ]
I returned those 800s without hooking them up to get 1000s because I was going to be buying stands anyway. I have no doubt 800s would have sufficed for my room as the 1000s are really filling my midsize room well. [ DIMPLE  Jan 10, 2014 ]
Bought these for my son. He has them in his living room and is blown away by their quality of sound. His room is approx. 20 x 24 with 10 ft. ceilings. His wife was impressed and she was in the kitchen. [ Richard  Jan 09, 2014 ]
I have 4 of these in a surround set up. Living room is large and open floor plan with dinning room. The sound is much bigger than expected. I did up the sub to the 10" prosub and glad I did . Overall very pleased with the sound quality. Can turn up very loud without distortion. [ Richard  Jan 09, 2014 ]
Dan, It depends on what else (if anything) you plan to use with it. For use in a large room you would probably want to at least pair them with a subwoofer. By themselves they may be a little small for a large room and lack bass unless you plan to use them for background music. I currently use them as rear surround speakers combined with BP8 towers, SuperCube8000 and a ProCinema1000 center channel in a fairly large basement and have been very pleased with the result. Overall, Definitive speakers are outstanding and in my opinion some of the best on the market. I hope this has been helpful to you. [ JASON  Jan 09, 2014 ]
yes [ NAGA  Jan 09, 2014 ]
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