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Imagine your favorite artist just released a new album and all you want is to be surrounded by sound… but maybe not speakers. Maybe you don’t have the space, the budget, or just don’t want a surround sound system. But he worries that a two-channel system may not satisfy him. After spending three months with a pair of Dymension DM70 floorstanding speakers, I can say, well…definitely…you can. Whether you’re streaming, playing CDs, or enjoying my latest edition of Vinyl Me Please, these speakers don’t need Atmos to be immersive. If you were buying an indulgent gift for a music lover right now (and you may be the indulgent music lover in question), this is what you would buy. And, at hundreds of dollars less than their typical prices, they’ve never been more affordable…if you act fast.
Definitive Technology Dymension DM70 Large Tower Speakers $1,399.00 each (was $1,999.00)
They may look like 2001 monolith, but what lies beneath the minimalist fabric covering makes the DM70 speakers multi-dimensional. Each three-way tower has a bipolar array, that is, two 5.25-inch midrange drivers and a 1-inch aluminum oxide dome tweeter on each side. And the reflections from those rear-facing channels mean there’s enveloping energy throughout the room. Anchoring that wide soundstage is the 10-inch powered subwoofer and two passive radiators inside each speaker (just add wall outlets and a sturdy floor). That’s a lot of muscle to round out the sheer musicality, and it’s available for $600 off, a total of $1,200 savings per pair.
The DM70 towers are basically 2.1 systems and don’t need a separate subwoofer to shine, but the driver arrays do require external power. I have been using a Cambridge Audio Evo 150 and NAD C 700 at different times because I’m a fan of compact network players/integrated amplifiers. But if you end up wanting a 5.1 or 7.1 system, you can use a powerful multichannel system. AV receiver and expand the system with DM60 medium towers for the rear ones, a DM20 center speakerand DM90 height modules (all of which are on sale right now).
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