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I've scoured the internet and these forums looking for any reviews of the XTR-SSA5 without any luck.

Anyone have any experience with this soundbar?
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I'm in the same position. The 50 is great, but if I can go smaller with the 5 it would be my preference.

I'm starting to think DefTech hasn't sold one yet based on how quiet it is out there...
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Well if nothing else, I'm sure I'll be able to check it out at their booth at CES. Would be great to hear from anyone who has auditioned them in a home or dedicated room instead of a huge (NOISY) convention hall though.
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Well I found a local shop that had a XTR-SSA5 setup and watched a Spiderman blu-ray for a few minutes. Although I had the cash in my pocket and was expecting to leave there with the speaker, I was honestly surprised by how lackluster it sounded. Granted, it was in a large open shop and I'm sure it wasn't properly adjusted to be 110%. However, it just failed to impress me in any respect.

I guess I'll look at the Klipsch G-42 next...

I'd buy the B&W Panorama in a second if I could find it cheaper than the craziness I've seen so far.
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(Since the original post, there's now a (mildly negative) consumer review of the SSA5 on the Crutchfield website, and a (surprisingly positive, versus 3x XTR-50) journalist review of the related SSA3 sibling on the Sound&Vision website.)
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(Since the original post, there's now a (mildly negative) consumer review of the SSA5 on the Crutchfield website, and a (surprisingly positive, versus 3x XTR-50) journalist review of the related SSA3 sibling on the Sound&Vision website.)

That crutchfield user reviews sounds like he ran it without an accompanying sub. A big no-no with skinny bars/speakers
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Disclaimer: I really wanted the XTR-SSA5 - aesthetically it is perfect for my application. The 50 is definitely deeper, and it also weighs a lot more (it feels like so much more than 31 pounds) and presents challenges for mounting on the same bracket with the TV. I already have a dedicated theater and this was going to go in a new Family Room with a Sharp 80.

I read the Sound&Vision article and was really annoyed. To say "Yes, the XTR-SSA3 has its limits, and you will probably find them in time" without going into further detail is a complete farce. I have never seen such a useless review. With all the soundbars on the market I expected to hear how this one stacked up. Given this review seemed to happen in a bubble with no recognition there is an entire market of competing products out there, all I learned was the 3 has problems (don't know what they are though), it has many of the same parts as the XTR-50, and it sounds OK.

I finally bought an SSA-50 and took it to a local shop that had an XTR-SSA5. We set them up just like DefTech tells you to (no auto-magic EQ and balanced the outputs as recommended), and let them rip with and without a SuperCube Reference to help out.

There was absolutely no comparison between them. The 50 was full and rich, while the 5 was thin and compressed. Sure they could both play loud, but the 5 didn't hold up at max volume where is got a little shrill/bright and everything started to compress. With the 5 I was most impressed with the size, and found myself trying to justify going with the 5 just based on its looks.

I have to agree with the S&V reviewer on one point - the blend with the sub is weak with the 5. There is definitely a hole there that the 50 does not have. The 50 can easily stand alone, and only needs the sub for impact. Music and movies gave the same impression. From a sonic perspective I would never choose the 5 over the 50. Not even close.

Just my 2 cents.
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