|Definitive Technology 7002 Bipolar Super Towers Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Thursday, 01 July 2004|
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Perhaps the largest downside to this powerful performer is the need to plug it in and therefore the necessity to have an A/C outlet positioned nearby. This means that there needs to be some forethought to avoid unsightly power cables running across the floor of your living room or theater. Additionally, the power cord is hard-wired to the speaker, meaning that you either need an outlet very close by, or will need an extension cord. This shouldn’t be a huge deal, because you would otherwise need to plug in your sub(s), yet there might be greater flexibility in a stand-alone sub’s position within the room.
The speaker connections on the 7002s will accept any and all wire termination types, making them friendly to all, yet they are positioned very close together, making them difficult to tighten by hand with any authority. I recommend that owners use a pair of pliers to make an unquestionably solid connection.
The 7002 is a tall, narrow speaker, meaning that it is easily susceptible to tipping. For this, Definitive Technology offers extender feet at no cost, to help alleviate this issue.
Definitive Technology offers only a single black cloth finish and a choice of piano gloss black or Golden Cherry top and bottom caps. Some may find this limiting in trying to match home décor, yet you must consider that this is most definitely a cost-cutting strategy that makes it possible to offer this level of performance at this price. Although I’d like to see more available finishes, I find their value an exceptional alternative.
When buying a speaker, there are several things to consider. Sound is of course a huge consideration, along with size, look and many other individual necessities. The Definitive Technology 7002 is a great-sounding speaker that provides very controlled and detailed sound, along with rock-solid bass performance. A little better than a year ago, I reviewed the Definitive Technology SuperCube and found it to be the best-sounding sub in its mini-cube class. The 7002s have captured that sub energy, along with the rest of the fixings, to make this a really special speaker. This is a great speaker for a wide variety of consumers. Its tall slender cabinet makes perhaps the smallest footprint of any available full-range floor-standing speaker. Couple all that performance with a brand that is as solid as any speaker manufacturer in the world and you have a no-lose purchase.
In a market where speaker companies come and go, Definitive Technology is making their mark with value-oriented speakers that shine brighter than their more famous competition. Looking at Definitive Technology’s list of retailers, there’s hardly a corner of the Earth that isn’t represented, making auditions easy. If new speakers are in your future, you’ll want to check this one out first, even if you planned on spending more.