As I said in my wrap-up of this year’s CES, the only thing that outnumbered earbuds at the show were soundbars. I didn’t say much about Definitive Technology’s offering in that category, because it was literally in a back room and I wasn’t sure how official it was. But now it’s officially official: the Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR sound bar.
From what I heard in that darkened back room, the SoloCinema XTR sounds fantastic, as well it should; it features six aluminum dome midrange drivers and three aluminum dome tweeters (which are somehow divvied up into five discrete channels), along with a 250-watt 8-inch wireless subwoofer that measures a mere six inches deep.
What sets the SoloCinema XTR apart from so much of its self-powered competition is that it sports three HDMI inputs (along with one optical digital and one stereo RCA analog audio input), and internal processing of Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and something called Definitive Spatial Array (which I’m assuming is what allows those six midrange drivers and three tweeters to act all surroundy).
The SoloCinema XTR comes with tootsies for shelf placement, as well as a wall-mount bracket, and will retail for $1999.
PS: Bonus points to DefTech for this line from the press release: “We’re not selling technology, we’re selling goose bumps…”