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Definitive Technology BP3000TL Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Monday, 01 July 2002
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Definitive Technology BP3000TL Loudspeakers
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The Downside
Because the BP3000TLs have integrated power amplifiers driving their low-frequency drivers, they require A/C power. This means that you will need to plug them into the wall, which might or might not be a problem in your home. In my application, I preferred the BP3000TLs to be positioned significantly off the front wall and therefore had an unsightly power cable to negotiate and try to hide. Additionally, the BP3000TL's power cord is hardwired into the speaker. This means that if you don’t have an outlet conveniently located, you will have to use an undesirable extension cord.

The BP3000TL is a very tall, narrow and heavy speaker. You don’t have to be a physicist to know that this means there's a danger of the speaker being knocked down. When spiked, the tower is pretty stable but it could still possibly be pushed over by a curious toddler. To reduce this and similar risks, Definitive has furnished some extender feet, included in the price, to help provide additional stability.

The BP3000TLs are a surprisingly unique speaker system. They are full-range speakers that will satisfy music enthusiasts and film aficionados alike. Some may describe them as speaker with built-in subwoofers, but after auditioning them, I felt that they were so much more.

The fact that the BP3000TLs have integrated sub frequency capability is a plus. They are essentially two loudspeakers and two subwoofers in a convenient, space-efficient package. For music, these speakers can (much like AC-DC) shake you all night long, but I think that their bigger strength is their striking finesse and ability to believably reproduce genres ranging from up-tempo progressive jazz to female vocals to full orchestral music. The BP3000TL's bipolar design was implemented very well, providing a stage with profound depth and width. For movies, they were mighty and forceful. In fact, adrenaline junkies looking for a theater speaker that can do it all won't be able to do better in this price class. Another significant strength of the BP3000TLs is that they are extremely efficient. At 92 dB, they can be driven with a simple AV receiver if necessary. Unlike most high-end full-range loudspeakers, which require very large amounts of amplification, the BP3000TL's internal amplifier allows it to shake the walls with very modest amplification. This means that you can make a significant speaker purchase and can wait on expensive electronics if you so choose. Not that you’d want to wait long.

Make no mistake, the Def Tech BP 3000TL will rock you like a hurricane, but you may be surprised at how well this flagship speaker performs more touchy-feely musical feats, especially when compared to more snooty high-end speakers costing at least twice the price.

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