W7by Definitive Technology

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
81%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The W7 offers a wealth of powerful and well-placed speakers under its deceptively simple and elegant hood.
  • It creates a rich sound that fills most spaces even when cranked up only partway and makes any spot in the room a good one--especially with high-res audio.
  • As part of Definitive Technology's Play-Fi wireless platform, the W7 networks with additional speakers -- either from Def Tech or other brands.

CONS

  • The app (especially for Android) can be clunky and limiting. It lacks an equalizer, doesn't handle skipping around within tracks well, and could make setting up speaker groups and zones easier.
  • The W7 is only compatible with a limited number of streaming services.
  • The top is easily scratched and highly susceptible to fingerprints.
One of Definitive Technology's newer wireless speakers, this compact unit is aimed squarely (cubedly?) at the audiophile crowd. The W7 can play audio from a phone, tablet, computer, Internet radio stations, and streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify through a wired or wireless Internet connection, or from a device plugged into its analog or digital audio inputs. Tracks are controlled directly by its conspicuously jutting out buttons or through the same companion app used to set it up and assign speakers to groups. While the W7 is certainly portable weight-wise, it needs to be plugged in.
NameW7PLAY:1PLAY:3Raumfeld One SSoundstage S1 Wireless Speaker
ManufacturerDefinitive TechnologySonosSonosRaumfeldMonster
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90%

What jumped out at me was the detailed bass, rather than a one-note, bouncy exaggerated boing.

What jumped out at me was the detailed bass, rather than a one-note, bouncy exaggerated boing.

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90%

... for its size, the W7 was able to provide better sound than what you would expect--much better than a typical docking station clock-radio…

... for its size, the W7 was able to provide better sound than what you would expect--much better than a typical docking station clock-radio type product.

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80%

If you're looking for decent to good sound quality with an extremely easy to setup and use system, Sonos is far superior to Def Tech. But if…

If you're looking for decent to good sound quality with an extremely easy to setup and use system, Sonos is far superior to Def Tech. But if your focus is on the highest quality sound, there's no comparison.

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65%

In standalone, self-powered speakers, Definitive offers the cube-shaped W7 ($399) and its larger, rectangular brother, the W9 ($699). Defini…

In standalone, self-powered speakers, Definitive offers the cube-shaped W7 ($399) and its larger, rectangular brother, the W9 ($699). Definitive went with a reserved yet high-tech, sleek design with these speakers, both featuring a gloss black top and solid aluminum silver base with the company’s typical black-wrapped cloth around the middle. Visually, they are cool and modern.

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Pin-point precision in the extended highs makes for a fine listen, especially in lighter recordings, like acoustic tracks and jazz.

Pin-point precision in the extended highs makes for a fine listen, especially in lighter recordings, like acoustic tracks and jazz.

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Basically, you’ve got an efficient box of speakers with nothing extra or unnecessary. Gotta respect it.

Basically, you’ve got an efficient box of speakers with nothing extra or unnecessary. Gotta respect it.

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It looks unassuming, like a furniture accessory or an ancient alien relic that’s flexible enough to fade into whatever decor you have around…

It looks unassuming, like a furniture accessory or an ancient alien relic that’s flexible enough to fade into whatever decor you have around the house.

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I played several genres of music, including a live recording that is almost unintelligible on most other speakers, and all came through grea…

I played several genres of music, including a live recording that is almost unintelligible on most other speakers, and all came through great clarity and sound quality.

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