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The Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 is a great entry-level speaker. It has a wide soundstage, clean mids, and powerful bass. The connectivity options are suitable, and it is easy to connect and set up. It also has a single keyhole mount and rubber feet for wall mounting and providing a stable surface. It is ideal for music, movies, and audiobook enthusiasts who want a good overall sound quality without blowing their budget.
That being said, this speaker is not without its shortcomings. The low-mids lack a bit of definition, and I would have liked for them to be clearer. Additionally, the treble response could have been smoother and more natural. Additionally, if you’re an audiophile looking for the highest sound quality, you may want to look elsewhere.
Overall, I think the Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 is a great choice for most users. It provides good sound quality and it is reasonably priced. If you’re looking for an affordable and good-sounding speaker, I highly recommend the ProMonitor 1000.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.