For great music and terrific movie sound without spending more than you did on your TV, the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 is a solid choice. Experts especially praise it for its exceptional imaging and powerful subwoofer for its class. The biggest drawback to the ProCinema 600 is that it may require an unconventional hookup scheme to achieve the best sound quality.
Accurate soundstage imaging. The Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 delivers big and beautiful sound for movies and music without overwhelming a room, experts say. While larger, pricier systems can deliver more on the low end, the ProCinema 600's small but powerful subwoofer can hang with and usually beat most other systems in its price range. High tones, on the other hand, are natural and distinct; dialogue is clean and realistic.
The blending among the subwoofer, small satellites and center-channel speakers is excellent and holds the soundstage together in a way that lesser surround-sound speakers simply can't match. This accurate imaging is a boon in movies, but it's especially welcome in two-channel (stereo) music, letting listeners accurately place individual instruments. Home Theater magazine's Kim Wilson notes that the speakers show distortion when cranked to the most-extreme volumes. While the ProCinema 600 doesn't provide the depth and impact of more-expensive systems, it's still an admirable performer for the price.
Pleasing to the eye. While its speakers aren't exactly tiny, the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 is more diminutive than you'd expect, considering the wallop it can deliver in a reasonably sized room. The high-gloss cabinets are attractive enough to make themselves welcome in most homes, and they come in either piano-black or gloss-white finishes. Satellites include base stands or can be wall mounted via either the threaded mounting holes or keyhole mounts.
Some assembly required. The polymer-based cabinets suggest a higher-end feel than the typical plastic enclosures. Each of the four two-channel (stereo) satellites has topside passive radiators, while the 250-watt subwoofer has an 8-inch passive radiator located on the bottom; these are said to encourage faster air-flow, which reduces noise. High quality binding posts allow for most connections like banana plugs, spade connectors or bare speaker wire.
To receive the best sound quality with the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600, the manufacturer recommends an unconventional wiring scheme for connecting the system to an audio/video receiver. Many reviewers say this is the biggest downside to the speaker system; some experts, on the other hand, say it's not entirely necessary
A decent value for home theater use. While it can't compete with many larger, more-expensive speaker systems, reviewers agree the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 is a solid value, considering its performance, size and cost. It doesn't exactly shake the foundation, but it provides an admirable sonic experience for movies and music in a reasonably sized room. For those on a tighter budget, the Energy Take Classic 5.1 (*Est. $400) earns plenty of praise from reviewers.
1. Home Theater Magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent Home Theater magazine calls the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 an admirable performer "for its size and cost." It doesn't pack the wallop of more expensive setups, but it does project an accurate sound field and is an especially good fit for smaller rooms. Kim Wilson tests both the recommended and standard techniques of hooking up the system, reporting that the recommended configuration "resulted in a bit more punch and definition in the mid-bass," though the difference isn't all that great.
Review: Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 Speaker System, Kim Wilson`, Aug. 15, 2011
Review Credibility: Excellent CNET tests the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 in a two-page review that's broken down by design, features and performance. Reviewer Steve Guttenberg is impressed with the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600, saying it packs a mighty wallop for its small size. One caveat is that it needs an unusual hookup scheme to sound its best.
Review: Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 (Black), Steve Guttenberg, April 10, 2008
Review Credibility: Excellent The Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 system gets a strong 3.5 stars out of 4 at BigPictureBigSound.com. Reviewer Chris Boylan says performance, styling and more help the speakers stand out in a crowded field of similar systems. He tries both the recommended and standard ways of connecting the ProCinema 600 to a home theater receiver, and he says the standard method is better for his listening room.
Review: Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 Home Theater Speaker System Review , Chris Boylan , Dec. 10, 2007
Review Credibility: Very Good The Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 is included in ConsumerReports.org's ratings of home theater speaker systems. Testing is done but discussion is too brief to be very useful.
Review: Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 System, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good About 20 users report on the Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 at Amazon.com, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Most owners give the speaker system 5 stars out of 5 for sound quality, value and aesthetics. One disgruntled owner gives it 3 stars, saying the speakers don't provide enough sound volume for his listening room.
Review: Definitive Technology ProCinema 600 5.1 Speaker System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013