Unfortunately, I cannot comment but it sounds like we are in the same boat (high quality powered sound bar around $1000).
IMO, the definitive looks beautiful and I once owned a super cube sub and the quality was obvious.
I'm also looking at the Jamo Torsten, the MartinLogan Motion Vision Gloss Black 5-Channel Soundbar, and the polk HTS 9500.
My experience with polk has been a great one - bought a 5.1 speaker system in 2000 that still looks and sounds great but I'm not sure about their sound bars.
Like many the utility and simplicity of a low profile sound bar is going to win out over the mora superior sound of a traditional system.
I hoping my reply will spark further dialog because there are no real reviews for the Definitive, but like I said, it looks great.
Anyone with thoughts on the definitive or any other $1000 range sound bar, please respond.
Anyone hear anything about this soundbar? Haven't seen a single review on it, but absolutely love the design. Debating between this and the Playbar, but would love to know if there are any reviews out there or if anyone out there has had chance to give it a listen before I pull the trigger on either.
I opted for the Martin Logan, which really impressed me.
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I picked up this bar a few days ago. But my preliminary sense is that I may have to return it. I was unsatisfied with just about everything that was out there. I was stuck between the Sonos Playbar, Martin Logan's offering and the Jamos Torsten. Sound wise, it was a toss up between Sonos, Martin Logan's and Def Tech. I would be happy with any of those 3. I chose Def Tech for the multiple HDMI inputs and DD and DTS decoding. I'm annoyed that at this price, none of them have HDMI arc. My cheapo (comparatively), samsung fm55 had all the connections one can wish for. Most of these upper end unit only has a single optical connection and no HDMI at all. Makes no damn sense. In anycase, I really enjoy the sound signature of the Def Tech. The sound is full and clear with out being strill. Bass is pretty good as well, can be a little tighter, that could be just my placement of the sub. I do have two big issues with it. Optical connection is wonky. I have to wiggle it around to get it to work (ordered a new cable to see, will get it tomorrow). Hopefully a new cable connection will fit better. The biggest issue is the volume, at max volume, it's not anywhere close to deafening. With my inexpensive samsung bar, I don't get anywhere close to max volume and it's LOUD! with the Studio, at max volume, it's very listenable. I have a smallish living room apartment with 14 ft vaulted ceiling, for reference.
After much research, I picked one up about the same time you did. Clarity, separation and overall quality was top notch. I too initially was very disappointed with the volume levels and was on the verge of returning it until I shut off the Dolby Volume feature (which was on by default). The SoloCinema became ALIVE! The range and punch were incredible. I've had it since and it's now a keeper.
After you have everything hooked up, display the OSD menu and the first item will be "Dolby Volume". Select it and change its setting to off.
I only have my SoloCinema XTR hooked up via one of its HDMI inputs connected to the audio only HDMI output from my DVDO EDGE video processor, so I had to temporarily connect a TV to the HDMI out in order to view the OSD menu settings.
After several hours of breaking it in, the sound is fantastic! You can adjust both the center channel and the subwoofer levels. Hope you enjoy it!
How does the Studio sound with music? How does it compare to the sound of the XTR? Thanks.
I give up. I can't/won't buy the Studio without a proper demo. All of you who bought one - where did you hear it?
I initially had trouble with the subwoofer pairing but that turned out to be a bad HDMI cable. New cable and it works great.
If you are thinking of spending >$500 for a soundbar I'd recommend you check this one out. I think they are going for right at $1k now and I picked mine up for $700 as an openbox at BB.
They stated it was new but I believe it was an open-box special anyway the sound is remarkable, I was on the fence about getting the Klipsch SB-3 but after a friend of mine told me about this unit I decided to look more into it and I'm sooo glad I did. Prior to this I had a Samsung HTIB unit and since moving into my new home I just couldn't hear what they were saying at normal levels. So I searched on line after hearing one and got the last one at that price according to ABT.
If anyone is is the market for a sound-bar in this price range I highly recommend this unit. YOU WON'T BE SORRY!
Guessing my case was a fluke but I was glad for Def Tech's 3 year warranty and the local BB manager being so accommodating.
I'm looking at getting this SAME sound bar for $700 since it's an "open box" item. After reading your review, I'm really second guessing it. The problem with the reviews of this sound bar is that there are not a lot of them. Most people tend to say this thing works great at first, but soon starts to have problems. I see that DT gives a 3 year warranty with the product but I don't want to go thru the hassle of shipping it back to them. What was Best Buy's return policy and how long do/did you have to return the item? I'm really running out of options on sound bar choices. I liked this one because of the great sound I hear is provides, the Sony ST7 and ST9 are great but TOO bulky for me to put on the wall. The Sonos playbar is already pricey and gets pricier if you add the sub (which you'll most likely want to do) and the Bose Cinemate are great but so damn expensive.
Honestly, I liked the DT until it started to flake out. If you end up deciding to buy it make certain to download the latest software update and I would politely ask the Geek Squad guys to install it before purchase. That way if there is something in the update that trashes the bar(at least I think that is what happened to mine) then you won't be stuck with it.
Everything I've read about it says that the sound quality is excellent, but I've seen a number of quality-control complaints; sub not pairing, Bluetooth disconnecting, HDMI switching not working, etc. Have these bugs been worked out?
1. Sound quality is excellent. Everything is crystal clear from the highs to the lows and it fills a fairly large room with great sound.
2. The ability to control the bass and the center channel volume individually is great.
3. Subwoofer connectivity has not been a problem, but I think it will be if you keep the sub at a distance. My sub is about 6 ft away and connects with no issues. But I remember putting it about 15 ft away initially and there was no connection.
4. HDMI connectivity and switching has also not been a problem. I have 3 HDMI inputs running through it (Tivo, Roku and Chromecast) and all work fine, as does the switching.
5. Wall mounting was a breeze even for a relative handywork klutz like myself. Two anchors/screws and done.
And now the gripes:
1. Bluetooth connectivity just doesn't work. It worked once, when I first got it. But since then I have tried to pair iOS, Android and Windows devices, and no dice. The on-screen menu says "pairing" but none of the devices can actually see the SoloCinema. Have put in a note to DT support and am waiting for a response. So now to just play music, I have to turn on pandora, etc. on chromecast.
2. Small gripe - switching inputs on the remote. This would have been easier to program into a universal remote if there were one button to cycle through the inputs instead of different buttons for each input.
Overall, a 3/5.
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