At CEDIA 2017 Definitive Technology introduced a new line of standmount speakers, the Demand Series. The three models, called Demand D11 ($999/pair), Demand D9 ($749/pair), and Demand D7 ($499/pair), which are striking-looking speakers that are designed to offer high perfomance in a compact package. These speakers are an update to the Studio Monitor range.
All three models are sold as matching pairs that feature offset 1″ waveguide-mounted aluminum-dome tweeters that have a “20/20 Wave Alignment Lense.” The goal of the design is to improve stereo imaging by eliminating symmetrical baffle diffraction.
Here’s a good look at the offset tweeter and the waveguide
One important feature of these new speaker models is the marketing specs now include +/-3 dB anechoic response measurements. As a result, you can make apples-to-apples comparisons with other accurately-specified products. Plus, they sport the sharp, modern, minimalist look that defines the latest Definitive Technology products.
I demoed a pair of Demands at CEDIA 2017
The Demand D7 is the smallest model. It is a ported design that sports a 4.5″ polypropylene BDSS (Balanced Double Surround System) woofer and offers 85 dB/W/m sensitivity and a response of 67 Hz to 21 kHz (+/-3 dB) with a “total frequency response” of 57 Hz to 24 kHz. Cabinet dimensions are 9.75″ (H) x 5.5″ (W) x 8.75″ (D). Power handling is rated as up to 125 watts.
The step-up Demand D9 is the middle model and uses a 5.25″ polypropylene woofer that is augmented by a 5″ x 9″ racetrack oval-shaped passive radiator. This combination provides 88 dB/W/m sensitivity and a frequency response of 64 Hz to 22 kHz (+/-3 dB) with a “total frequency response” of 44 Hz to 24 kHz. Cabinet dimensions are 11.71″ (H) x 6.5″ (W) x 11.97″ (D). This model can handle up to 150 watts of power.
At the top of the Demand Series heap you’ll find the D11. This model has a 6.5″ woofer that works along with a 6″ X 10″ racetrack oval-shaped passive radiator to achieve a sensitivity of 90 dB/W/m and an anechoic response of 61 Hz to 22 kHz (+/-3 dB) and a “total frequency response” of 48 Hz to 24 kHz. Cabinet dimensions are 13″ (H) x 7.25″ (W) x 12.5″ (D). The D11 can handle up to 200 watts of power.
The combination of striking good looks and the performance I heard (despite difficult show floor listening conditions) were enough to convince me the Demand Series from Definitive Technology deserves a Best of CEDIA 2017 award.
The Demand Series received a Best of CEDIA award from AVS Forum
In addition to the three new Demand speaker models, Definitive Technology also unveiled a new dedicated stand for the series, the Demand ST1 ($399/pair). All of these new products will be available in the second half of September 2017 at retailers including Magnolia at Best Buy.
|Here’s a very brief video of the Demand Series speakers shown at CEDIA 2017|