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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.

Definitive Technology

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.