- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 16 January 2012
Definitive Technology BP-8040ST SuperTower Speakers In Use
My experience with the BP-8040ST's has been extremely positive and I begin by saying I've had many "ah ha!" moments. Expect a smooth, rich and detailed presentation from the 8040's. Since having the Mythos STS in my system for awhile now, I'm familiar with the drivers employed. I'm not surprised in the least from what I heard.
My first listening was using the BP-8040ST as left/right mains in a theater setup. I ran the system as 2-channel first and setting the speakers as full allowing the built-in powered subs handle the low end. My room isn't large at about 12 ft by 16 ft, but wow, the bass rocked the house like I had a pair of outboard independent subwoofers. The rear output adjustment allowed a very balanced presentation, both for movies and music on Blu-Ray of which I've become a huge fan.
Sting's Live in Berlin is more than his "hits" but also a wonderful collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. You do have to be a Sting fan to appreciate the music however, the full breath of a live orchestra is enchanting especially with Jo Lawry singing subtle but superb backup. The pair of 8040's alone performed remarkably given this is a DTS-HD Master meant to be heard in full surround. I truly appreciated the depth and fullness of the stage.
Many of the tracks were in full orchestra mode, but I appreciated the superb individual performances from the likes of Branford Marsalis. On several tracks, his saxophone was elegant, earthy and throaty.
For those who say opera is irrelevant today, watch and listen to any of the stunning Blu-rays from Opus Arte. Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with The Glyndebourne Chorus and conducted by Ivan Fischer is beyond visually stunning. Broadcast live on the BBC, the performers amply expressed through the 8040's by allowing the weaving of female and male voices across the stage, yet the clarity of each voice distinguishable. I'm actually surprised by the distinct warm tones of each performer rendered by the Def Tech bi-polars.
Balanced, that's a good word for the 8040's. Although the 8040's are full range, punchy and dynamic, I very much like the aluminum dome tweeter; the treble is clean and natural smoothness. Having said that, I wasn't expecting razor-edged definition and not that I wanted it. Yet what I did hear was not bright and brittle, but rather mellow and listenable for hours.
Monster is well known for their cable line but Noel Lee is a big music fan, especially of well engineered music. Their "High Definition" MonsterMusic recordings are actually excellent. Although limited in musical range, I have several of the discs. George Benson and Al Jarreau present a wonderful duet on giving it up. Listening to this recording is like a hot cup of cocoa: familiar, warm and puts a smile on your face. Each track is a new interpretation of original music and not all from Benson or Jarreau. Perhaps this recording is too "smooth jazz" for purists but the 8040's make you sit back and enjoy all the nuisances present, with the ease of the voices and instruments in a perfect blend.
And finally, a few words about bass, the 8040's deliver oodles of it and at whatever volumes you'd like. I found myself over time turning it down via the rear bass volume control ever so slightly and settling for about 1/3 the potential output for my modest-sized room.
The bi-polar Def Tech's delineated a range from deep rich low bass to full mid-bass up to articulated upper bass/lower midrange. Pipes Rhode Island is a series of recordings taken around the state at various churches and their pipe organs. The tracks range from sweet and delicate to powerful and bold. The 8040's render the expressive organs in their natural and spatial settings. The echoes and resonance of the churches have you looking up to the rafters. The sub 20Hz tones fill your gut like 2 pounds of spaghetti.