Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2020
It took me forever to set up a home theatre system. I've never had one, only a soundbar, and decided I needed a much newer TV first. So, I got a 4K Sony Bravia for Christmas from Amazon because Sony TVs last forever, from my experience with them, and because Sony TVs always have a lot of HDMI ports, as well as other ones. Obviously, I would need such things to hook up these Definitive Technology speakers, right? (Do I hear people laughing?) Well, guess what? You can't hook the speakers up to the TV, like a soundbar. You need an AV receiver. Thus, I eventually got a Sony 7.1 AV receiver. (For these speakers, the less expensive 5.1 model would have worked fine, but I had little idea what I was doing.)
The AV receiver arrived from Amazon and looking at it totally overwhelmed me. I then opened the DT box and saw there were no wires or cables, which further intimidated me (Do you know how long it has been since I hooked up speakers with no plugs?) Finally, I got some AmazonBasics 16-Gauge Audio Speaker Wire Cable and one AmazonBasics RCA Audio Subwoofer Cable. (Yes, folks, that’s all you need besides the AV receiver, and you’ll find the cables are much, much cheaper than the receiver!)
The Amazon speaker wire had no dedicated + or - sides. You just need to make one side or the other what you want it to be and stick with that decision. I made the black side the + side. Then, I took small sewing scissors and snipped the center part between the two sides and pulled them apart a bit. Next, about ¼ inch down on each wire, I indented the tubing all the way around, so I could easily twist ¼ of it off, leaving the exposed wire to twist and insert in the binding posts or speaker terminals.
Now, The DT manual is not a beginner’s type, but one for someone who basically already knows what they are doing. The one big problem I had using it was it did not show that the speaker wire was supposed to be inserted in a hole in the stem of the binding post, as opposed to the hole in front of the binding post. So, anyone else who is not familiar with such posts in back of speakers . . . unscrew the post, find the hole in the stem of the post, stick the wire in that and then screw the post up tight again. If you put it in the front hole of the binding post, it will always slip out.
Thanks to the Sony AV receiver manual, as well as a diagram on the back of the AV receiver itself, I saw how to properly use binding posts. The Sony manual of course also showed where to put all the speaker wires in back of the receiver, and I was using the 7.1 channel setup, even though I was short speakers. Six speakers is more like the 5.1 channel system setup, which may explain why two of the satellite speakers did not work when I first started everything up. Or it may not. I really have no idea. I just know that when I turned on the receiver after having everything connected, they did not work.
But let’s first talk about the TV and AV receiver connection. Okay, if your TV has an ARC or e/ARC HDMI port, that is where you put the HDMI cable to connect to the ARC/eARC HDMI TV port on the receiver. (Mine only said ARC, and the receiver manual said to make sure to update the TV software when setting up the TV, which I already did.) When it’s connected like that, if I turn on the TV, the AV receiver then turns on, and the TV screen shows the external speakers are being used, instead of the internal TV speaker. When I turn off the TV, the receiver also turns off. When I turn on the receiver, the TV turns on, but the TV then does not turn off when I turn off the receiver. It stays on. Now, I also have a Panasonic DVD player connected to the receiver. When I turn that on, both the TV and receiver come on and it shows external speakers are being used. When I turn off the DVD player, only the DVD player turns off, however. (I got the Panasonic 4K UB420, instead of a Sony, because when it comes to DVD players, my experience has been that nobody beats Panasonic for quality and longevity. Plus, it was $100 off here at Amazon a couple of weeks ago.)
Okay, back to the DT speakers. When at first everything was turned on, as stated earlier, two of the satellite speakers did not work, and apparently neither did the subwoofer speaker. So, I did an Auto Calibration, as described in the AV receiver manual, and that turned on the two non-working satellite speakers. (It also told me I didn’t have a 7.1 setup, but thankfully I didn’t have to change the wiring in the back of the receiver.) Everything was working, except the subwoofer. Only, it was working, or did start working as soon as the soundtrack on the DVD I was watching started playing. Either I never knew what a subwoofer actually did or I forgot. Voices don’t come out of subwoofer speakers, only bass sounds.
The difference between having a home theatre speaker system and just using a TV speaker or soundbar is truly astounding. I don’t even have my speakers set up in a permanent sort of way, either. I have the center speaker in the front middle of the very long TV stand, and that is the most powerful speaker. The four satellite speakers I keep on the stand, too, but pull them out and place them in the room where I want them when I’m watching something. (I attached them to long pieces of speaker wire so I could do that.) I can’t do a permanent type setup in that room right now, and I don’t think it makes any difference that I just pull them out when I need them, and then place them back on the shelves when I don’t. My TV stand has a back piece with wire holes, so I put the wires back through the holes, where they are all out of sight. The speakers look very nice on the stand, too. The subwoofer is on the floor in a corner where it should be, as stated in the DT manual.
Except for the subwoofer, the speakers aren’t that big, so they are easy to move around. They look like very high quality speakers, too. Nothing cheap looking about them. This DT sound system is one of the Best Buy Magnolia ones. What exactly that means, I’m not sure, except most everything Magnolia looks and is very expensive. Since I have never had a theatre system before, I personally don’t know how this DT Procinema 6D system compares in sound or price with other systems. I only know it works incredibly well for me, and it really wasn’t that difficult to set up at all, once I understood all that was needed to do so. The AV receiver was much more intimidating, but even that proved to basically set itself up once I attached the speakers, HDMI cords and turned it on. So, take the jump to home theatre, if you haven't and you've always wanted to. I warn you, though, you won't ever want to go back to using a soundbar or an internal TV speaker, if you do. No soundbar or TV speaker can beat the sound coming out of these Definitive Technology speakers.