Originally Posted by Jameshtx
Hey DT owners,
I hear lots of good things about the BP-9080x towers and i'm leaning towards it. For any of you all that has them, are you happy with it so far? Best buy gave me a demo but speakers do not sound the same in my house as in the store. Please share your opinions as these speakers are not cheap. Thx
James fr Houston
I currently have a 5.0.4 Atmos setup with BP8060 for mains and a CS8060 center. I am very happy with the sound of my system, but I was very curious about the new 9000 series, so I went to a few BB Magnolias in my area to check them out. The 9040's sounded nice, a little brighter than my 8060's, but nothing earth shattering. At another Magnolia they had the 9060's, which I found significantly better than the 9040's, smoother and better balanced than the 9040's. I had heard that the 9080's were only on display at magnolia design centers (not in my area), but one day I was at a BB in a nearby town and there was a 9080 surround setup all by itself in a Magnolia room (the room with the projector). I listened to just music, mostly in stereo, and I was just blown away by how good they sounded - I think on a different level from the 9040's and even the 9060's.
They were effortlessly powerful, driven by a Pioneer Elite receiver, very detailed, yet not harsh at the top end. I recently went to a high end stereo shop and listened for about an hour, with my own CD's, to Revel F208's and Goldenear Triton Ones (both about $5000 per pair), and on balance preferred the 9080's to the Triton Ones. The bass on the Triton's was ever so slightly muddy/boomy, even when turning down the subwoofer level, while the bass on the 9080's was more powerful, yet tighter. Also, I thought the plastic pieces on the Triton's looked slightly cheap, while the 9080's definitely look higher end. The Revel's were just about perfect in imaging, detail, smoothness - just great speakers. And they are incredibly good looking with the cherry wood finish. But, the bass response of the F208's, while being excellent, just didn't have the power or impact of the 9080's. No big deal with acoustic, orchestral, or vocal music, but with bass heavy recordings I preferred the 9080's.
The midrange and treble were a little more detailed, and yet smooth, on the Revel's, so I guess I would give them the nod as the 'better" speaker over the 9080's, but I really loved them both, with the Triton One's being my least favorite. I will say that the Triton's were placed too close together in the store, so that may explain the issues with the bass, who knows. And the Revel's, while unquestionably great speakers, would need an additional subwoofer for home theater, and need more power to drive than the 9080's, so you would probably need an extra amp and sub, while the 9080's can be driven fine with a good AVR, and don't need an additional sub - and the center channel for the Revel's is gigantic, FYI.
Also, some of the other posters who commented on the difficulty placing bipolar speakers I believe own earlier Def Tech series which do not have the "forward focused" design that attenuates rear output by 6 DB's. The newer series (8000 and 9000) can be placed just about anywhere a conventional speaker can, and in fact my 8060ST's sound better, with tighter base, and better imaging, spread fairly wide apart, about 10 inches from the side and front walls, towed in slightly - of course this is room-dependent, but just my experience.
Anyway, the 9080's sound great - I think Sound & Vision named them their speaker of the year for 2016. They are really big, though, I'm not sure my wife would let me put them in the family room where the 8060's are if I were to ever upgrade
You should definitely give them a listen if you can find them. Also, Bajawaverunner has refurb 9080's at a 29% discount from MSRP right now I believe, a great deal I think.