Definitive Technology Demand Series D7 Review

3.67 Mixed Usages
3.7 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.7 Treble Accuracy:
3.5 Bass Accuracy:
3.7 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.6 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2017 Rating: 4.3 Aluminum Dome tweeter Polypropylene woofer bookshelf speaker Usage: home theater, stereo speaker Warranty: 5 year

It has excellent sonic accuracy and the high end are smooth. Lower frequencies are great that makes music and movies enjoyable. Movie effects are prominent and overall, the sound quality is lively and energetic. It has great stereo image and enhanced dispersion. Since the cost is reasonable, it is easy to purchase a subwoofer if you are a bass head.

Overall, the speakers sound very precise and powerful that will make you wonder whether they are high end models. Its rare to find a listener who is unimpressed by these passive speakers. Allow the speakers to break-in by playing them for hours.

Our Verdict

Definitive Technology Demand D7 shows impressive stereo performance. Use them a front, rear or surround speakers. This pair of speakers can produce high-fidelity music. A great amount of bass is produced compared to the compact size of the speaker. It can handle music, movies or TV shows. Use them as desktop speakers and play games in your PC. It is one of the best entry-level bookshelf speakers under $200.

PROS
  • Articulate mids
  • Tighter bass
  • Linear Response Waveguide ensures broader sweet spot
  • Good build quality
  • Budget-friendly
CONS
  • Not very loud for large rooms
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2*2
Tweeter Type Annealed Aluminum Dome and Laterally Offset
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4.5-inch
Woofer Type Polypropylene BDSS Bass

SPECS

Power Range 20-125 watts
Sensitivity 85 dB
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 67-21k Hz
Crossover Frequencies N/A

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Speaker Level Input N/A
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
HDMI Input N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Binding Posts - Gold-Plated
Compatible Connector Types speaker wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual).
Speaker Wire Compatibility 10AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Low ends packs a punch and, the oomph makes movies and music enjoyable.
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Dialogues are loud and intelligible but make sure you sit up close if they are 2.0 system.
Treble Accuracy High ends are clear and precise.
Imaging & Soundstage: The speaker has excellent imaging and broader soundfield.
Dynamic Range: Good dynamic range
Power Handling: Power handling is good and the speaker is easy to drive
Frequency Response: It produces clear sound throughout the frequency range
Transient Response: Decent transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF/Aluminum
Color Gloss Black

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) ( 251.0mm) 9-7/8-inch
Width (inches) (142.0mm) 5-9/16-inch
Depth (inches) ( 9232.0mm ) 9-1/8-inch
Weight (pounds) ( 5.45kg) 11.99 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-30

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 1 pair of Demand Series speakers, magnetic grilles, cleaning cloth, Owner’s Manual
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design: 

Definitive Technology Demand Series D7 has a modern look and design. It has glass black and mirror like finish gives it a premium look. It blends in easily with any room décor. The cabinet is hand crafted and made of high quality MDF. It comes with acoustically transparent removable grille. The D7 is the smallest speaker in the Demand Series lineup.

Performance:

Definitive Technology Demand Series D7 has one tweeter and one woofer in each speaker. The drivers are designed to deliver broader sweet spot. It has crisp and clear treble region and precise mids. Low ends are clean and packs a punch. Rear ports ensure the bass is boost while eliminating any turbulence. That said, to improve it further for audio purists, simply pair a Definitive Technology subwoofer.

This full-range speaker produces room filling sound and is ideal for compact spaces. It is an entry-level speaker that is available at a low price. The speaker can give you a balanced listening experience. Voices and instruments sound quite clear. If you are using them as 2.0 or 2.1 system, then it is better to arrange a near field listening environment.

They are flexible in terms of placement. Simply follow the user manual for best performance. Leave a gap of 4” or more from the wall and at least 6” or more from side walls. The distance between speaker and user should be slightly longer than the speaker to speaker distance. Make sure the tweeters are at ear level and finally toe-in the speakers.

Place it on desk, table or speaker stands. Or, you also have the option to wall mount the speakers. The manufacturer suggests you to use Definitive Technology ST1 Speaker Stand or use the Sanus SF22-B1.

Connectivity:

Connection with sources like TV, PC, laptop, mobile, turntable, CD player, etc depends on the connectivity available in the amp or receiver.

Use case:

The Demand D7 speaker is ideal for small to mid-sized spaces. Use them as stereo speakers or as a part of your home theater. Definitive technology suggests to use other speakers (center, rear) from their brand as well.

Compatible device:

To connect to an amplifier, the manual suggests you to use a 6mm or 10AWG wire. Use spades or banana plugs as per need and make sure to match polarity of the amp and speaker. Connect it with a matching amplifier or receiver like Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20, Yamaha or amp from any other brands. Pair the following speakers as per your choice to create a home theater: floorstanding loudspeakers (D15/D17), bookshelf loudspeakers (D9/D11), and a center-channel loudspeaker (D5C).

Ease of use: 

Passive speakers are easy to use. It will depend on the amplifier and its features.

Cost:

The price of Definitive Technology Demand Series D7 speaker is affordable. They are one of the best bookshelf speakers under $200.

FAQ:

Why do the bass in Definitive Technology Demand D7 sound poor?

If you think the bass is weak, check whether one of the speakers are out of phase with another. Make sure the connectivity is within same polarity, positive to positive.

Can I use Definitive Technology Demand D7 as standalone speakers?

If you want to use Definitive Technology Demand D7 in 2.0 or 2.1 setups, reduce the distance between the user and speaker. Since they are compact or small sized speakers, sit up close for better experience.

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