Definitive Technology bills the ProMonitor 1000 as a compact high definition loudspeaker. That's a tough bill to meet given the $219 per speaker price tag. But the ProMonitor 1000 is from Definitive Technology, a company known for its bang for the buck, so I had to see for myself. The ProMonitor 1000's are small at just six and a quarter inches wide, six and a half deep and a touch shy of 11 inches tall. They come in gloss black or white and utilize a one inch pure aluminum dome tweeter, five and a quarter inch BDSS bass midrange driver and a top mounted pressure-coupled bass radiator, giving them a quoted frequency response of 42 Hz to 30 kHz. They have an eight Ohm impedance and 91 dB efficiency.
The ProMonitors are designed to be a highly versatile speaker system and allow for tabletop mounting with the included tripod stand. Threaded inserts are on the back and bottom for mounting on stands or onto a wall or ceiling and a keyhole mount is also on the back for mounting flush with a wall. The speakers come boxed and well protected in dense Styrofoam and wrapped to protect their smooth gloss finish. My pair came in black and I paired them with a Wadia 151PowerDAC mini, fed by my computer using a Transparent USB cable.
The first thing that impressed me was how much they reminded me of the much larger Mythos line, sharing the same smooth arced case and recessed, gold plated five way binding posts, though the case of these much smaller speakers was plastic, while the Mythos ST's and STS's that I'm familiar with are aluminum. The grill covers the entire front and top of the speaker itself and is removable.
Sonically these little monitors are quite impressive, offering a smooth and open sound, but what really surprised me was how powerful the bass could be and just how high a volume they could play to. The bass could be a touch boomy when called upon for very deep notes, but I honestly don't expect a little speaker to go to extreme depths, and for my desktop system they offered enough bass to shake the desk. I could see these used as a stereo pair with or without a subwoofer in small to moderate sized rooms or as the basis of a solid home theater, as mains or surrounds. Five of these would run you a mere $1,095 and give an impressive home theater experience in small to moderate sized rooms.