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Definitive Readies Subs, Bookshelf Speakers For CEDIA Expo

8/09/2011 12:48:14 PM Eastern
Baltimore - Definitive Technology will go to next month's CEDIA Expo with a completely new bookshelf-speaker series, its first two wireless-ready subwoofers, and the first passive multichannel soundbars in the company's XTR series of ultra-thin on-wall speakers for use with ultra-thin flat-panel LCD displays.

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The XTR soundbars just began shipping. The bookshelf speakers ship in the fourth quarter. And the subs will surface in September.

 The new bookshelf series, which keeps the StudioMonitor name, represent the company's first new bookshelf speakers in 10 years. With the launch, the series goes to three SKUs from two at a suggested $399, $599, and $899/pair. All ship in the fourth quarter.

  The bookshelf series has been redesigned from the ground up to improve appearance and performance, delivering what executive VP Dave Peet called "monitor-style speakers that break the price/performance barrier."

All three of the two-way bookshelf speakers  use the latest generation of patented Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) bass/midrange drivers and Definitive's latest pure-aluminum dome tweeter to deliver major upgrades in accuracy, detail retrieval and imaging, the company said. The top two models also feature top-mounted planar bass radiators to deliver "deep, precise and powerful bass performance not usually found in such compact speakers," the company continued.

The bookshelf series consists of the $399/pair SM45 with 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter and 5.25-inch bass/midrange driver in a vented enclosure. The $599/pair SM55 features 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter, 6.5-inch bass/midrange driver, and one 6x10-inch top-mounted passive racetrack bass radiator. The $899/pair SM65 features two 5.25-inch bass/midrange drivers with a 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter in a D'Appolito configuration. The top-mount racetrack bass radiator goes to 6x12 inches in size.

 Bookshelf sizes start at 11.7 by 6.75 by 11.7 inches and range up to 16.5 by 7.9 by 15.4 inches.

 Subwoofers: In launching two new models in its SuperCube series of compact powered subs, the company is adopting wireless technology for the first time by offering a wireless option for the $799 1,200-watt SuperCube 4000 and $999-suggested SuperCube 6000. The subs ship in September.

  The two SuperCubes join the $599 SuperCube 2000 launched earlier this year without wireless option. All three replace models in the previous three-SKU SuperCube lineup.

The SC4000 occupies just less than 1 cubic foot of space, and the SC6000 occupies just more than a cubic foot, allowing for placement in more locations, including inside cabinets. Both feature improved drivers, new Class HD high-power amplifiers, and a 56-bit microprocessor preamp stage with DSP to boost performance, the company said. The subs "go deeper and louder with better musicality and detail" in enclosures that are about the same sizes as their predecessors, said senior VP Paul DiComo.

 In other SuperCube changes, the company added a digital display hidden under the grille and a wireless remote to make it easier for users to blend the subs with their main speakers and change bass level on the fly when different program material comes on.

 The new models are also more energy-efficient, drawing a half watt or less in idle mode to meet international standards for low energy consumption, the company said.

  The 1,200-watt SC4000 features one 8-inch active driver and two 8-inch planar passive radiators. The 1,500-watt SC6000 features one 9-inch active driver and two 10-inch planar passive radiators. Both models feature 12-volt trigger input, IR repeater input for in-cabinet installs, one LFE line-level input, one pair of low-pass-filtered line-level inputs, and one pair of low-pass-filtered five-way binding posts. Both models also feature an RF-receiver port for use with the $149-suggested SCW 1000 wireless kit, which consists of an RF transmitter and a separate RF receiver.

 Soundbars: Many dealers going to the Expo will also get their first look at the first passive multichannel soundbars in the Mythos XTR series of thin on-wall/stand-mount component speakers, which are designed for use with the growing selection of ultra-thin flat-panel LCD displays.

 The 1.61-inch-deep soundbars began shipping in July to expand the Mythos XTR series to six models. Definitive called the XTR series "the most complete line of ultra-slim high performance loudspeakers on the market."

 The two models are the XTR-SSA3 three-channel L/C/R soundbar at a suggested $799 and the XTR-SSA5 five-channel soundbar at $999. They joined two passive five-channel soundbars in the less-thin Mythos series at $799 and $1,099. All of Definitive's passive soundbars are designed to connect to A/V receivers and powered subwoofers.

The five-channel XTS-series soundbar incorporates passive Spatial Array technology to deliver virtual five-speaker surround sound without installing separate surround speakers or a separate center-channel speaker. The technology also works on the front-left and front-right channels to widen the front soundstage beyond the width of the speaker cabinet.

The new three-channel soundbar also uses Spatial Array technology on the left and right channels to widen the soundstage.

The XTR series also consists of four single-channel speakers, all launched in 2010 and capable of being used as a left, center or right speaker.
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