A Big-Time Soundbar: Definitive Technology’s SoloCinema XTR

by Categorized: Consumer Electronics (TV, Home Theater Date:


This week’s hands-on tech column:

Definitive Technology’s SoloCinema XTR, a long and appropriately lean soundbar with a wireless subwoofer, costs more ($1,999) than the everyday HDTV and looks equally striking in its slick black finish. Definitive Technology has somehow put its soundbar on a diet to match the best HDTVs: It measures less than 2.5 inches deep while spanning 43 inches wide and slightly more than 5 inches high.

No soundbar is as good as full-blown surround system. For all its technical sophistication, the XTR still can’t produce true surround-sound effects. You’ll hear more from Monoprice.com’s $80 5.1-channel system, Model No. 8247, with five speakers (including two for the rear-channel surrounds) and a subwoofer.

Yet the XTR goes where no surround system can: on a wall, under or over an HDTV. With essential contributions from the subwoofer, which has an 8-inch driver built into an unusual cabinet that’s only 6.5 inches deep, the XTR approximates a surround system — everything, of course, except the actual surround effects.

More . . .

The Courant is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on courant.com articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.