Definitive Technology BP 8 Floorstanding Speakers

Definitive Technology BP 8 Floorstanding Speakers 

DESCRIPTION

Two 19 mm moving coil dome tweeters; two 14 cm mineral-filled homopolymer-coned cast-magnesium basket bass/midranges.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 27, 2009]
r32657
Audio Enthusiast

Ive own these speakers for a very long. These where my "nice" speakers that I bought in college. Back then, I compared them to Vandersteens, Sonus Faber, Magnepan and Martin Logan. Compared to those, the BP 8 speakers just had a certian "rightness" to them. They sounded much better than the Klipsch Signatures that I was using, especialy In the highs and mids.
Back then, I was using an NAD preamp, NAD 502 cd player and Hafler amp from that era. They sounded great, never felt shrill etc. They do need a lot of space around them to sound very open. Ideal space is about 2-3 feet from the walls.
Last weekend, I was out looking at different speakers to finally replace these with something that can better fit the quality of of my current system. I'm currently using Wadia for my DAC and transport, McCormack preamp in passive mode, Audio Research SS amp. All of this connect with Transparant cable. Being married now, I need to go on a college student's budget again. Classe components was used to power all of the first batch of speakers I tried. First up was a pair of used Soliloquy 6.3. They sounded like they where under a wet blanket. B&W CM7, sounded good, but not as open. Next came a used pair of Dynaudio Special 25. Sounded better than the B&W and Soliloquy, but if blindfolded, I could not pick them over my BP8.
At another store, with everything powered by Bel Canto, I tried Sonus Faber in the 2k range, smooth, not as open as I would like, in order to fork over 2k. Magnepan in the same price range, sounde really nice, except the highs where a little bright. Triad sounded similar to the Sonus Faber. The music I used, where Enya, Phill Collins and Dido.
So I am still listening to my very old BP8's and surprised that they held up that well in my test. Now if I can only afford a pair of Willson Watt Puppies, I'd be done with this need to upgrade my speakers.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 03, 2005]
r_chopin
Audio Enthusiast

I bought this pair of BP8's over a year ago. They were slightly used, and only now I can appreciate the sound they produce. Don't know what the everage break-in period is, but a year made a huge difference. Let me add that this is my first pair of better-than-avarage speakers, although before buying them, I checked quite a few different ones (my price cap was around CAD$2,000). For what I need the speakers for, nothing came even close, considering the combination of price and performance. I have them hooked up to the low line SONY receiver from early 90's, and the sound is still amazing. I had them compared with BP10's in the store, but did not find the difference in price to be reflected in the better performance. Like the previous reviewers mention, the placement of those speakers is really important. I have to admit, that they lack something in the middle range, so when you listen to e.g. solo piano, it's not what you would expect. I think BP8's are some of the best in their category (price range).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 14, 2003]
Lee Dise
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Imaging; dynamic range; resonance; "musicality".

Weakness:

Relatively weak mid-range; highs can be harsh; placement is crucial, they are very unforgiving in that regard.

In 1997, I went into the store determined to buy a pair of B&W's, and walked out with the BP-8s. Though primarily a Classical music listener, what sold me on them in fact was a "big band" jazz recording. I had never heard speakers that could put on a sound stage like that, for anywhere near the price. And P.S., they're great for Classical too, especially the big rambunctious Romantic-era symphonies. Put on the Telarc recording of the Cincinnati Symphony playing Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, sit back with a shot and a cold beer, and it's time to rock the house! One of the other reviewers correctly noted that the mid-range is a bit weak and the highs a bit harsh (probably the metal tweeters...?). So why do I like them so much? Must be the bipolar sound. To me, they just sound much more resonant and realistic than ordinary speakers. The imaging is outstanding, the dynamic range is formidable, and the bass is really quite good. In fact, the bass was so good that I hesitated to buy a subwoofer. But I did anyway, and much of the harshness of the highs went away. They're mated with a Phase Technology PC-Sub, and these components work together like the 1979 Pittsburgh Steeler linebacking squad. With the crossover set at about 60 cycles, it just seems to take any strain out of the sound. There was a noticeable improvement when I went to separates for the power supply, however. My old low-powered NAD receiver was clearly not up to the task. Now, the speakers are driven with a Rotel pre-amp and a Rotel 120-wpc amp, and that has made an enormous difference. The sound is three-dimensional and thick. One of the keys with the BP-8s is placement. It may be a function of the bipolarity, but if they're placed badly, the result is a boomy sound with little definition. In my living room, I have them placed widely apart and angled in about 20 degrees. Don't know what I'd be listening to if it weren't for the BP-8s. I can't afford Linn's. I just don't care much for B&W's, though everyone tells me I should. I auditioned an NHT satellite system awhile back and liked them, but they just couldn't handle the dynamic and tonal range of, say, the "Saturn" movement of Holst's Planets (the Dutoit/Montreal recording is an exceptional audition piece for speakers).

Similar Products Used:

I've owned an old pair of Dynaco A-25s that I used for over twenty years, could never find anything to replace them with, until the BP-8s.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 27, 2002]
Rob
Audio Enthusiast

Weakness:

so far so good

Excellant Speakers for the money, great for dvd and surround.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 07, 1997]
James Carroll
a Casual Listener

Excellent speakers. My listening room is less than ideal with a tile floorand off-center speaker positioning, but the soundstage is still admirable.
They do and excelent job of providing good sound in odd places. I find the
low end a little lacking, but this is only in comparison to more expensive
systems, for the price these speakers are outstanding.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 19, 1997]
Ty
a Casual Listener

I have had the BP8 for 2 yrs now and loved them ever since. They are a bit power humgry, though. Once I upgraded my system from receiver to separate and Nordost interconnects, the BP8 sounded fantastic - good imaging and clarity throughout the response spectrum. I've seen review else where here where some complained of the harshness of the high, but I never had this problem in my system. Placement is critical as some have mentioned. Overall, a definite 4 stars

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 15, 2000]
Michael Brewer
Audio Enthusiast

I auditioned these speakers several years ago at the consumer electronics show in Chicago. The owner of the company (forgot his name) was there, and we had a great discussion on speaker development. He was a friend of Dr. Bose, and a fellow MIT grad. Bose went commercial/mass market, Definitive is staying audiophile.

These are great speakers for average size rooms. If you have bigger than average, the BP10' would be recommended. The bass response is tremendous for the size. I have not needed a sub-woofer to truly enjoy DTS sound from DVD's. I use a Yamaha RX-V595a to power them, and love Yamaha's sound. These speakers compliment the Yamaha nicely. Highly recommended. Note they need significant break-in time so don't judge until you've had them a few months.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 17, 1997]
Edsel L
an Audio Enthusiast

I just upgraded my speakers to BP8's and for the price I would say it is a steal. I experienced room filling bass around the 30-40 HRZ area,very surprising due to its very sleek cabinet. Mids are kinda weak but I was able to fine tune it by installing different interconnects and speaker wires . The bipolar effect is addicting. Overall all my final setup was superb I would recommend deftechs to anybody, specially if it is going to be used for home theater.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 07, 1997]
James A. Krzoska
an Audio Enthusiast

I have had my BP-8's for a little under three years now. I went to the audio store looking for a good pair of speakers, but had no idea that I'd find a superb product such as these! I instantly fell in love with them. I've now added a Powerfield 12 subwoofer, and the system blows me away. Not one day hardly has passed where I haven't listened to them. Usually one may lose interest in purchases such as this, but these seem to grow on you as you keep listening. I have never been so happy with a purchase in my entire life! I have even converted some friends to Definitive lovers. I would recommend them to anyone!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 27, 2000]
Jim
Audiophile

Strength:

Excellent overall performance when used with expensive equipment. Outstanding sound stage, sounds great with movies and music.

Weakness:

Midrange and upper end suffer when used with cheaper equipment (such as recievers), making an investment in the amp and pre-amp important (can get costly if you are looking for an affordable speaker to use with affordable equipment)

I first bought these speakers as part of a more conservative system (Denon AMP and CD Player). When searching for a pair of speakers in this price range nothing really did come close. Most offering from other "high-end" speaker manufacturers in this price range tended to sound too "soft" or warm. The BP8's were very open and dynamic. The overall sound was well balanced (liked them better than the BP10's!!!). They also sounded great will all types of music.

As I started upgrading my equipment to the above mentioned components (Similar Products Used) in preparation for a higher-end speaker, these speakers went from very good to outstanding!!

The midrange and upper-end started sounding more like a $2500 speaker. Really!! The low end just kept getting better than it already was. Of course most will not be running these speakers with such equipment, but I would say take your time and search for a good sounding amp or receiver to match up with these speakers.

Today there is a lot more competition out there for the BP8's, but when you take into consideration sound quality, floor standing full-range, affordability, good looks, sounding good with all types of music, and room to grow with your source components, these are a great Bang-For-The-Buck speaker. And if you are shopping for a speaker in this price range and want to give a listen, make sure the dealer has then hooked up to something good, the speakers DO deserve good source components...

Similar Products Used:

My components include: Aragon 8008 amp, Audible Illusions Pre, Parasound Ultra DAC2000 and Ultra Belt Transport

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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