As consumers rush to buy the newest and thinnest flat screens on the market, they fail to recognize a fundamental fact: the thinner the TV, the worse the sound. That's why Definitive Technology has introduced the SoloCinema XTR sound bar coming to audio/electronic retailers this summer.
While the market is dominated by two and three-channel sound bars that simulate a surround experience, SoloCinema XTR features five discreet channels, patent-pending drivers for each speaker element and 200 watts of power complemented by a 250-watt wireless subwoofer.
SoloCinema XTR's audio feature package differentiates it from the competition by offering both HDMI inputs, DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD, designed to squeeze, lossless high definition audio out of Blu-ray discs.
The appeal of this product is more than power and sound, which is why the SoloCinema XTR is marketed as "High Performance...Simplified." Its sleek design - 43" wide and 2 3/8" deep - makes it a good choice for those who desire a clean appearance to complement fashionable home interiors.
Other than power cords, minimal wires are required: just connectors from the sound bar to the TV and DVD/Blu-ray player. The subwoofer is linked to the surround bar wirelessly with no pairing procedures required.
Definitive Technology provides hardware (feet and brackets) so the surround bar can be placed in one of three places: on a shelf under the flat screen angled upward and, raised above a protruding TV table stand, or mounted on a wall.
The wireless subwoofer carries an equally slim design; just six inches deep vs. the standard 14" to 18" cubed box.
Definitive Technology designers created a simple remote that features control buttons that are concave and convex so users can easily navigate functions in the dark without turning on the lights.
The remote also includes pre-set surround parameters for movies and music, a bass control, and a SYNC feature that reportedly corrects poor audio and video synchronization sometimes found in video broadcasts.
Available in stores and online beginning August 2012 for $1,999 MSRP.