Originally Posted by alfa1
Its not about being harsh, but about not being misleading. If you don't like bipolar speakers, and you have actually listened to the speakers the OP asked about, than certainly it is fair to express your opinion. But you said reviews indicated that the 9000 series was good for HT and not so much for music. No fair-minded person could read B. Butterworth's review of the 9060's and conclude he thought they didn't sound good for music. Your quote came right after he heaped significant praise on the 9060's for their musical reproduction. He gave the speakers 5 stars, and Hometheaterreview.com named the 9060's as their speaker of the year.
BTW, have you actually listened to the BP 9060's, or even better, the 9080's? You might be surprised. And while bipolar speakers don't have the pinpoint imaging of excellent direct radiating speakers, they have a bigger sweetspot, and arguably give a more accurate representation of how acoustic and orchestral instruments sound in real life, spitting out sound in all directions.
No, I have not listened to them but recommended the 8000 series for those looking for a great HT choice when they were being heavily discounted as they were a steal.
I owned bipolar speakers for 20+ years and really liked them, (Pro LX5s), because in the room I used them the listening area was not specific much of the time as it is a living room/dining room area about 40 feet long and 15 feet wide so they worked really well in the living room, computer area and the dining room that are in that space.
The speakers that replaced them are clearly better in the sweet spot, (Martin Logan LX16s), but the Bipolars were better in the Dining room for background music due to their wide sound dispersion.
Glad you like your Def Tecs equally for music and HT.
BTW, I owned Bose 901s in the eighties and thought they were great despite their use of walls behind them to reflect 8/9's of the sound toward the listening area.
EDIT: perhaps you can help out the OP by answering his question on post number 8 as you seem to have a lot of knowledge about the 8000/9000 Def Tecs.