The ProMonitor 800 is Definitive’s mid-sized satellite speaker in the acclaimed Pro Series. Four ProMonitor 800s along with a ProCenter 1000 and ProSub 800 makes a finish ProCinema 800 system. All the constituents of the scheme are packed and sold separately permitting you to mix and match Pro Series parts to build the scheme that best suits your needs.
Small size speaker has remarkable sophistication and big sound
ProMonitor Loudspeakers satisfy your need for small, easy-to-place systems with speakers that deliver the unfeigned state-of-the-art, no-compromise performance you want. ProMonitors are full-range speakers. Use them by themselves in a host of apps (including as stand-alone bookshelf, stand- or wall-mounted speakers). Pair them with matching powered subwoofers and center channels to build music and movie systems of astonishing performance capability: ultra-smooth high-definition clarity and musical linearity combine with superb transient response, immense dynamic range, rich warmth and precise room-filling three dimensional imaging.
- Color: Black
- Brand: Definitive Technology
- Model: NDHA
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.38″ h x 4.75″ w x 5.00″ l,
- Single ProMonitor bookshelf speaker
- Equipped with one 4.5-inch cast basket bass/midrange drivers coupled to one 4.5-inch pressure-driven planar low-frequency radiators
- Frequency response: 57Hz – 30kHz
- Equipped with one 1-inch pure aluminum dome tweeter
- The high quality finish is available in gloss black or gloss white
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
Musician’s stamp of approval
For anyone in a hurry, I’ll begin at the end: the DefTech 800s are a fantastic value. And great little speakers regardless of price. I bought a pair for a 2.1 music setup, which doubles as a simple HT system. Coupled with a low-end Velodyne sub (VX-10) and 100-watt per channel amp (JVC RX-5060), the 800s’ sound is so pure and musical that I find myself working through my CD collection just to hear how good everything sounds.
I’ve been a musician for 30 years and needed to go small to fit into a tastefully furnished living room. I read a lot, listened a lot, and found myself wanting DefTech 1000s (the next level up) but not able to handle their larger physical size. I tried a slightly smaller model from another prominent manufacturer but wasn’t happy with the small sound. I finally took a gamble on the tiny 800s after reading every review I could find, nearly all glowing. But how good could a slim 8″-tall speaker sound? Well, damn good it turns out. Add the matching stands, and the visuals kick it, too.
I listen at reasonable volumes yet loud enough to demand attention, and the sound is surprisingly smooth and clear, reminiscent of higher-end audiophile models. To compare them to my pricier music studio rig, the 800s are very respectable, overall, although the mids lack the openness of my higher-end speakers. The 800s also become a bit splashy if pushed too hard, at least with a low-end amp. Still, they sound impressive with most audio sources even if music is the real test for me; for that, these DefTechs are a wonderful find at a modest price. The larger 1000 model is even nicer (more efficient and noticeably fuller sound)… but if you really need very small speakers, you’ll have a hard time finding anything better than these little gems. Just don’t forget the sub, preferably a decent one.
A few afterthoughts, six months later…
If you do pull the trigger, I’d suggest spending plenty of time setting up the sub. I initially took a few weeks to break in the 800s, and their sound improved nicely as the speakers loosened up. I then dedicated some enjoyable hours, spread over a week, to find the sweet spots for sub location, crossover setting, and balance. (Settled on 100Hz, but then took a long time tweaking the sub level and overall EQ.) As I’d read, such small speakers can sound noticeably different with even miniscule tweaks. Once I dialed things in, the 800s really came alive. I do suspect that these speakers, in particular, would excel with a high-quality amp and small room, at least if used in a 2.1 music setup. (They’re noticeably less efficient than my old Advents.) But overall, seven months in, even with a cheap AV receiver and fairly large room, these DefTechs still make me grin. Big-time. Good luck to you, whichever way you head.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Exceptional Speakers for Both Size and Price
These speakers are really something special. I was looking to replace my front speakers in a 5.1 setup and really needed something that could cross well with my center channel and ML subwoofer while still maintaining a small footprint. This was no easy task, and after about a week of searching I thought I was out of luck. Then I found the definitive pro monitor series.
For the size these speakers have a great frequency response. Rated down to 57hz(I will discuss this more below) these are perfect for an 80hz crossover in a home theater application. Since size was one of my concerns(and unfortunately a need)these speakers were a no brainer considering most of the competition satellite speakers cannot touch frequency ranges lower than 100hz. Cabinet build is very solid with a nice, esthetically pleasing design. These speakers contain a 4.5″ woofer coupled to a passive radiator(which allows the speaker to produce lower frequency ranges in a small enclosure)as well as a 1″ dome tweeter. I’ve been told that DefTech is an industry leader is designing small, versatile speakers and the pro monitor 800′s are an impressive showing.
Now to the cons, which there are a few. First off, I have my doubts about the rated frequency response as well as the speaker sensitivity. While rated down to 57hz, Id say the actual lowest frequency these can hit are about 65-67hz without running the risk of hurting the speaker itself. Like I said before, these work great for an 80hz crossover, but for anyone who was thinking they could push these down to 60hz or even 70hz(which would still be risky IMO)think again. This is somewhat commonplace with speaker manufacturers these days which is unfortunate to say the least, but as long as you know the 800′s limits they will play(and respond)just fine. My second issue is the rated sensitivity of 89dB. Most small or smallish speakers these days boast a sensitivity of 89dB. While this is generally fine, again, I believe these to be overrated by the manufacturer. The Deftech 800′s can get fairly loud but in order to match the rest of your system you’re going to need to do some adjusting in your receiver. All my speakers(except my center channel)are rated at 89dB and are generally much louder than these DefTech’s. After adjusting the levels I found the right match, but before that these speakers were being greatly overpowered by the rest of my HT setup. Just something to keep in mind.
Overall this is an excellent product. The 800′s still have a great frequency response despite the liberties taken by Deftech and will fair well in a small to medium sized room. I took a star away because these don’t perform quite on par with what they are rated, but still a wonderful speaker nonetheless. With a little more room to work with now, i’ve decided to order the Deftech 1000′s to make my fronts and move these to my rear. No matter how you intend to use them(HT or music)you won’t be disappointed. These are simply one of, if not, the best small satellite speakers on the market.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Better Than Bose
I recently sold my house and included my Bose Acoustimass 10 speaker system with the media room. I researched for many days and even considered buying another Bose set. After looking at CNET reviews (Bose was not listed in the top 10), I decided to buy the Pro Cinema 800 set. But instead of the 8″ subwoofer I bought the 10″ subwoofer. I bought all the speakers seperately (no cost savings buying the package) including my 10″ Definitive subwoofer. The satellites are a lot bigger than the Bose satellites and this helps them reproduce a fuller spectrum of sound. The sound coming from the Pro 800 are more rich and full. On the top is a passive radiator that works in tandem with the woofer to help radiate lower frequencies (these speakers are acoustically suspended). The stand on the bottom is removable and there is an included plug to cover the mounting hole if you are mounting them on wall mounts (each speaker weighs about 4 pounds). The back has binding post connectors with banana conntor receptacle (female). These speakers definitely out perform my old Bose Acoustimass 10 speaker set and cost about the same. For the money, you can’t go wrong with this set.
- High gloss finish
- Quality construction
- Passive radiator
- Rich crisp sound
- Included stand
- Would be nice in documentation to add recommend cross over frequency with sub woofer
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