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Powered Subs In Bookshelf Speakers

LAS VEGAS -What could be the industry’s first bookshelf speakers with built-in powered subwoofers will be unveiled by Definitive Technology to complement towers and center channels with built-in powered subs.

The three three-way Power Monitor series speakers are priced at a tentative $850, $1,200 and $1,600 per pair. They feature a side-firing subwoofer operating from 80Hz down. The smallest model features 8-inch subwoofer, 150-watt amp and a 14.5 x 5.75 x 12-inch cabinet.

The step-up features 250-watt amp and 8-inch sub, and the top model features a 10-inch sub, 250-watt amp and an 18 x 8.5 x 16-inch cabinet. They’ll ship around March.

Although Definitive is known for bipolar towers, the bookshelf monitors are direct radiating because they’re likely to be placed in cabinets or on shelves.

All feature black lacquer finish to match the company’s three CLR center channels with built-in powered sub.

Also new: the company’s first two multimedia speaker systems, including a five-speaker PowerMedia 5 at a tentative suggested $499 and touted as the industry’s highest end five-speaker multimedia system in price and performance. They aren’t bipolar.

Definitive’s second multimedia speaker entry is a three-piece two-channel model, the PowerMedia 3 at an expected suggested retail of $359.

Both systems feature a 250-watt powered 8-inch subwoofer. The satellite speakers in both systems are 65-watt two-way powered models. Their drivers consists of a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter and 4.5-inch upper bass/midrange driver.

For people who want a 7.1-channel surround system without adding two extra speakers, Definitive will unveil the $259 DCS 5 and $379 DCS 6 “dual-channel” in-walls. Each features two full-range speakers, each firing at opposing angles, and two separate speaker inputs, each receiving signals from one of two surround channels.

Each could be placed on a side wall, with one driver bouncing its output off the rear wall, or placed on the rear wall, with the output bouncing off the side wall. Alternately, one of the in-walls could be used to deliver the two rear-center channels of a 7.1 surround system or, when run in parallel, the rear-center channel of a 6.1 system.