Definitive Technology Incline Desktop Speakers Review

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  1. admin Audioholics Robot Staff Member

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    Your computer or monitor's speakers leave a lot to be desired when it comes to audio quality. OK, let's just say it: they stink. Why should you settle for inferior sound at your desk? You shouldn't. And Definitive Technology looks to give your desktop setup a major upgrade with their new Incline bipolar desktop speakers. Does Definitive Technology deliver an audiophile-quality desktop system? Read our full review to find out.
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  2. Peart2112 Enthusiast

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    I saw these in a local Best Buy/Magnolia the other day in Tampa, they were part of a new display that has a few other new Def Tech products. My first thought was "oh great, Def Tech is going all consumer audio like BOSE!".

    I pressed the demo button on the display, they sounded good and thumped pretty well. At first, I thought they were a bit pricey until I read your review and saw all the tech they put in them. I would probably never buy these (although I have all Def Tech speakers in my HT system) but I could see an Audioholic who spends time at a desk or a PC gamer playing a shooter being very happy with these.
  3. TheoN Audioholics Contributing Writer

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    As I wrote in the review and as you heard first-hand, they are really unbelievable for their size and price-point. I had a friend over this past weekend and we were talking audio (he has B&Ws and is a big Sonos fan) and we were talking about speakers and amps and I mentioned the Definitives. He was blown away and loved the sound. He was looking at some options for powered speakers to use with the Sonos. The fact that they didn't auto-power off was the only deal breaker.

    I'm glad you had a chance to hear them. Definitive really has a winner on their hands.

    Theo
  4. AllanMarcus Enthusiast

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    How do they compare?

    Thanks for the review. I saw these at CES, but Def Tech didn't have a listening room, or space, so it was hard to hear them well. Polk, just around the corner, were showing their new Heritage Collection. The Heritage Collection sounded surprising good. In your opinion, how do the Heritage Collection and the Inclines compare to the AudioEngine A5+?
  5. TheoN Audioholics Contributing Writer

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    Hi Allan,

    It was a lot of fun reviewing the Inclines. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to listen to either the AudioEngine A5s or the Polk Heritage desktop speakers. I thus can't offer you an educated opinion on that one to tell you my impressions about the differences between the speakers. Simply from a design and spec's POV, there are a few differences that strike me:

    First, the Inclines are bipolar speakers vs. the Audio Engine and the Polks. The bipolar speakers do enhances the sense of soundstage depth and breadth. If that's something you like, then you'll like the Inclines.

    Second, on paper the Inclines go down into the low 40's at +/-3dB. The AudioEngine speakers are only listed as going down to 50Hz.

    Third, there are connectivity differences between all the speakers. The Polk seems to have the fewest options of all. The Inclines give you lots and a sub out.

    Fourth, the Inclines have a "direct" mode as indicated in the review. That may or may not be something of value.

    Fifth, they all sure do look different. Aesthetics play a role :)

    Like most well-designed speakers this may simply come down to preference and I'd encourage you to try both out in your own setup and decide on which will work best for you.
  6. AllanMarcus Enthusiast

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    Moronic design decision!


    Thanks for the feedback. I just ordered a pair for my son, but he has a turntable and a computer input. The turntable has a pre-amp built in, so a simple RCA to 3.5mm should work. It's just such a moronic design decision not to have a way to switch inputs. He will have to unplug the turntable to play from his computer. I may have to get him a small pre-amp/switcher. Good think I got the speakers used from amazon for a significant discount.

    I imagine DefTech will add an input option in the next version. I would have loved to have heard the engineering pitch for three inputs, but only one can be used. Something like: Our marketing folks tell us that our audiophile customer are idiots, so let's design something only an idiot would appreciate.

    At least the sound quality is good.
  7. Chilly Audiophyte

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    This post is a little dated but I have a question I cannot find the answer. I have the inclines and PRO800 sub that are wonderful.

    I know the USB connecting uses the built in DAC on the speaker. If I have a sound card connecting to the inclines through an optical cable is the sound controlled by the DAC in the sound card or the DAC in the speaker?
  8. slipperybidness Audioholic Ninja

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    Well, optical connection = digital connection
    So, it seems that you must be feeding digi to the DAC in the DT
  9. Justin1996 Enthusiast

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    Stupid question but what is Definitive Technology? In brief

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