I have had a couple pairs without the subs, unless you really want the sub the subless go low enough that you don't really need a sub. If you have already heard them disregard this response.
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I never heard Def Techs that, to me, weren't screachingly bright, etched, and super hyped-up in the treble. Absolutely painful to listen to. I have owned a PF15 sub since 1995, which I use now for LFE and the the bass for center and surround channels only. Pretty reliable. OTOH, I recently heard the Golden Ear towers. Golden Ear is the new company owned by Def Tech founder Sandy Gross. These speakers have similar form factors to Def Tech towers, but instead of that screetchy metal tweeter use folded ribbon, Hiel-like tweeters. They were detailed, sweet, smooth and full range. IMHO, they are a bargain, and, along with my Ohm Walsh 2000 speakers, my go-to recommendation in under-$3K tower speakers.
agree with slikric--some good friends had the subless bp towers (bp10?) and they were very engaging in a sit-around-the-fire sort of way--very large soundstage, nice balance, sorta reminded me of ohms. not hyper-detailed or big on imaging, probably because of the bipolar design, but a big room-filling design. the powered bp towers, on the other hand, were a miss--boomy, with poor driver integration. i've heard similar powered polk towers (rt1000/20000p) which sounded much better. just my opinion.
I listened to a pair over the weekend and was disappointed. I own a pair of Polk rt2000p speakers that are sonically superior to my ears (I have a damaged woofer and I am now considering repairing vs. making an excuse to upgrade). The bass was boomy, the mid-range was absent and the highs were sharp...they did not sound good even for an action movie let alone music.