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Deep, heart-pounding bass. Immersive, atmospheric sound. Soaring overhead special effects. It's hard to imagine you could experience all that with just a single pair of speakers — unless, of course, it's a pair of Definitive Technology's BP-9080X towers. Definitive packs a lot into this sleek, modern-looking speaker. First, you get a built-in powered subwoofer for stunning low-end impact. Plus, bipolar front- and rear-firing speaker arrays deliver spacious, room-filling sound and precise imaging. Finally, an upward-firing driver array built into the top of the enclosure creates a thrilling "height" layer above your listening area when you feed it Dolby Atmos surround sound.
Front, rear, and top-firing speaker arrays work together to create totally immersive sound.
Here's how Definitive's bipolar system works: direct sound from the front two midrange drivers and tweeter arrives at your ears first, to provide clear, focused imaging. That's followed by sound from the rear mid driver and tweeter to enhance spaciousness. The combination creates a lush, seamless soundstage that's more like the way we hear sounds in real life. And thanks to Definitive's Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) drivers, your music and surround effects will sound clear and accurate, allowing you to pinpoint the soloist in a band or the direction of a jaguar's call in the jungle.
At the base of the speaker is a 12" side-firing subwoofer coupled to two 12" passive radiators. This trio creates the total radiating surface of a much larger woofer, but with better bass control, speed, and detail than a single huge driver. A built-in 455-watt amplifier powers the subwoofer, delivering deep bass that eliminates the need for an external sub. And because a subwoofer is built into the cabinet, bass output is already perfectly blended with the mids and the highs. All you have to do is set the bass volume to match your room and taste, then sit back and enjoy your music and movie soundtracks.
If you're looking for an easy way to seamlessly integrate Dolby Atmos surround sound into your home theater, the BP-9080X makes a great choice. This tower's built-in, top-firing midrange and tweeter speaker array is made for delivering Atmos height channels.
The Atmos speaker array has its own exclusive pair of binding post terminals at the base of the tower for connection to your Dolby Atmos compatible receiver's "Height" or "Top" outputs.
Don't have a Dolby Atmos capable receiver? Check out our selection.
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.
Darrell L., Charlotte, NC
Average Customer Review(s):
Pros: Blends in with furniture.
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.
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
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
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
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!
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||5.25|
|Woofer Size (inches)||12|
|Woofer Composition||Not given|
|Built-in Powered Sub||Yes|
|Connector Type||5-way post, RCA|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||16-40k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||455|
Dolby Atmos/DTS:X-Enabled Tower Loudspeaker: The Definitive Technology 9080X tower speaker is the answer for remarkable, immersive, room-filling sound so you can experience every detail of your home theater Dolby Atmos/DTS:X soundtrack. Its patented Forward Focused Bipolar Array (FFBP) will expand your room's entire soundstage for an enveloping sound. An aluminum dome tweeter, high-performance midrange/midbass drivers, and an integrated powered subwoofer with Intelligent Bass Control let you hear and feel every note as the artist intended. The 9080X tower speaker also incorporates an elevation module driver complement for Dolby Atmos & DTS: movie soundtracks.
Top-Firing Height Speaker Module: Definitive Technology integrated a seamless two-way height speaker module within the top of the BP9080X so you can hear and feel multi-dimensional sound from a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X movie soundtrack (requires a Dolby Atmos/DTS:X-enabled receiver and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X-encoded source material). The integrated two-way height speaker module consists of a top-firing 1" aluminum dome tweeter and 5.25" BDSS midrange driver.
Forward-Focused Bipolar Array (FFBP): The Definitive Technology 9080X tower speaker utilizes powerful, Forward-Focused Bipolar (FFBP) speaker array for wide and immersive sound dispersion. Forward Focused Bipolar (FFBP) Array offers the ultimate balance between room-filling sound and a precise center image, while giving you total placement flexibility. The FFBP array consists of a 1" aluminum dome tweeter and two 5.25" midrange/midbass cone woofers on the front and a single 1" aluminum dome tweeter and one 5.25" midrange driver on the back. By radiating sound both forward and rearward, the speaker produces sound as it is in real life, with improved pinpoint localization of soloists, greater placement flexibility, and superior intelligibility.
Aluminum Dome Tweeters: The 9080X tower loudspeaker features two 1" aluminum dome tweeters (one on front/one of back) for crystal clear highs that bring the most demanding audio soundtracks to life. The Definitive Technology tweeters are designed to play higher in frequency than what is heard by the human ear, creating an authentic reproduction of sound as the artist intends in the studio or concert hall.
BDSS (2nd Gen) Drivers: The Definitive Technology 9080X employs three 5.25" midrange/midbass cone woofers (two on front/one on back) with patented Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) technology (2nd generation). BDSS technology improves driver excursion which results in the selected driver producing bass output usually associated with a larger driver, while retaining the improved dispersion and midrange definition of a smaller driver.
Integrated Powered Subwoofer: The 9080X contains a integrated powered subwoofer that consists of a side-firing 12" woofer and 455 watt amplifier designed to extend the frequency response and dynamic range of the tower speaker. The best loudspeaker is one that reproduces balance between the highest highs down to deepest lows as accurately as possible. The integrated powered subwoofer offers deeper, more impactful bass from the tower speaker without the need to add a separate powered sub. The benefits of a built-in subwoofer include -
Intelligent Bass Control: Intelligent Bass Control is Definitive Technology's latest advancement that offers enhanced bass while maintaining overall mid-range tonal balance. Intelligent Bass Control gives you the ability to modulate deep bass up or down in level while simultaneously maintaining optimal mid-range clarity regardless of where the bass control is set. Simply rotate the dial on the back of the loudspeaker to your preferred bass setting and the speaker will do the rest. Definitive Technology recommends starting at the mid-point and then adjust to your preference from there.
Dual Passive Radiators: Definitive Technology has paired its integrated powered subwoofer system with two opposite side-firing 12" passive radiators for even bigger, deeper, louder bass that you can hear and feel.
Acoustically Transparent, Resonance-Free Cabinet: The Definitive Technology 9080X uses a resonance-free, one-piece cabinet for high performance, distortion-free sound. The speaker cabinet's maximum rigidity with strategically placed bracing improves imaging while reducing resonance, further reinforcing the speaker's clean and powerful sound. The 9080X loudspeaker's cabinet is wrapped in an acoustically transparent cloth grille for unaltered sound. Thanks to the speaker's acoustically transparent grille, you'll enjoy the subtle elegance of the speaker design without having to remove a speaker grille to enjoy natural, uncolored sound. On the top of the cabinet is a brushed aluminum, acoustically-treated magnetic plate that finishes off the speaker cabinet nicely.
Speaker & Line Level Inputs: The Definitive Technology 9080X tower loudspeaker is fitted with both speaker-level (binding post) and line-level (LFE/mono-RCA) inputs.
Note: Definitive Technology recommends that you do not use your receiver's auto setup functions, as they can be ineffective in setting up and adjusting speakers with integrated powered subwoofers. Configure tower speaker into your home theater system using your AV receiver's manual setup menu.
Cast Aluminum Base w/ Interchangeable Feet: The 9080X tower loudspeaker is supported by a sturdy, cast aluminum base. The cast aluminum base's wide footprint increases overall stability of the tower speaker, while the addition of spikes or floor glides help keep your speakers firmly in place whether on carpet or other solid floor surfaces like hardwood or tile. The floor glides add approximately 0.4375" to the overall height of the tower speaker, while the spike feet add approximately 1" to the overall height of the speaker.
Note: The tower speaker must be used with the cast aluminum base for maximum stability.
Placement: The 9080X tower speaker offers bipolar sound, meaning they will reflect sound off the back and side walls to create an incredibly broad and engaging soundstage no matter where you sit. The 9080X tower loudspeaker is very flexible in terms of positioning and placement. To optimize performance, please follow these simple placement guidelines -
AC Power: Because the 9080X features a built-in powered subwoofer, you will need to connect the tower speaker to an AC outlet. The tower speaker's built-in amplifier will automatically turn-on once it's receiving an active signal from your AV receiver, and will automatically turn off after 20 minutes of no active signal.
Front-Panel LED: There is a front-panel LED "D" logo which illuminates when the 9080X's built-in amplifier is on, and turns off when the built-in amp is in standby mode. The LED "D" logo can be deactivated entirely.
BP9000 Series: The BP9060 is part of Definitive Technology's BP9000 series line-up of speakers. Definitive Technology's BP9000 series loudspeakers is its 4th generation of bipolar tower speakers, matching center channels, surrounds, and a height speaker module, designed to offer true, full-range performance for listeners seeking the highest quality audio reproduction. The BP9000 series of loudspeakers consists of the BP9020, BP9040, BP9060 and BP9080X bipolar tower speakers; the CS9040, CS9060 and CS9080 center-channel speakers; the SR9040 and SR9080 surround speakers; and the A90 elevation speaker module supporting Dolby Atmos.
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