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Does anyone have any input on the Definitive Technology SoloCinema Studio? I have yet to find the perfect soundbar for me. I have a big open room 20'x25 feet with high ceilings. My TV is mounted above a fireplace so one thing I have noticed is that many soundbars often have speakers that fire up or at a 45 degree angle. I say the DT SoloCinema Studio today and it sounded pretty good but there was a lot of other noise in the room. Anyway, I thought I might get some input from the pros.
 

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Thoefen,


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.


Thanks,

Frank
 

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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.  
 

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Go look at the owner reviews on Amazon. Out of the 12 reviews, only 2 people rated it 5 stars. Lots of people complained about defects. Would scare me away until it appears that the problems have been fixed.
 

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Went to best buy and they actually had a demo of the SoloCinema Studio. I came away unimpressed. Similar to the XRT review, the SoloCinema struck me as poorly made. Sound was ok but did not seem powerful.

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.
 

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Originally Posted by ttn333  /t/1501176/definitive-technology-solocinema-studio#post_24066401


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.
 

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Specifically what setting are you talking about where you can turn off "the Dolby volume feature'?   I have just ordered my sound bar and want to make sure I make that change immediately.
 

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Originally Posted by kand  /t/1501176/definitive-technology-solocinema-studio#post_24260369


Specifically what setting are you talking about where you can turn off "the Dolby volume feature'?   I have just ordered my sound bar and want to make sure I make that change immediately.

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!


Cheers.
 

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The Studio might be the perfect soundbar for my new vacation home, but I cannot find a dealer that will demonstrate the product. I like the XTR, but the Bluetooth connectivity, smaller size and price may make the Studio a better choice. All of my local Def Tech dealers will sell me the Studio but have no intention of displaying or demoing the product. I guess I am old school, but I would like to hear some music on one before I buy it. BB has a dedicated Studio demo which sounds terrible - we were unable to defeat the demo to either pair my Bluetooth device or allow music via 1/8" aux input. Has anyone else encountered a problem hearing the Studio before buying one?


How does the Studio sound with music? How does it compare to the sound of the XTR? Thanks.
 

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I guess Definitive Technology does not want me to buy their Studio soundbar. Their better dealers do not have them on display and have no intention of doing so. The dedicated demo display at BB sounds terrible and you cannot pair your device with Bluetooth or connect direct through the aux input - same results at 2 different BB.


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?
 

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I bought the solocinema studio two weeks ago after comparing with other soundbars in its price range and I am quite pleased with the sound quality. Very crisp clear sound with a good wireless sub that provides a nice low end. Music and movies sound great plus nice features like bluetooth.
 

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I went through a lot of soundbars before settling on the SoloCinema. I wanted the Sonos but for just shy of $2k for the 5.1 set up I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much $$$. All of the < $500 soundbars I tried just didn't have clear enough dialogue for me. In movie mode the SoloCinema is great for dialogue. It's also got a good subwoofer. The system works great in our 20 x30 family room.

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.
 

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I went through a lot of soundbars before settling on the SoloCinema. I wanted the Sonos but for just shy of $2k for the 5.1 set up I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much $$$. All of the < $500 soundbars I tried just didn't have clear enough dialogue for me. In movie mode the SoloCinema is great for dialogue. It's also got a good subwoofer. The system works great in our 20 x30 family room.

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.
That is the deal I am looking for! I will agree that most soundbars, outside of the sonos, under $1000 sound very strange with dialog. Almost like people are talking under water. Considering you get the wireless sub with the solo studio, I think it is the best sound bar right now from a price/performance standpoint.
 

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I agree totally!!!-I just got this from ABT Electronics for $875.00 with no shipping.

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!:):)
 

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I went through a lot of soundbars before settling on the SoloCinema. I wanted the Sonos but for just shy of $2k for the 5.1 set up I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much $$$. All of the < $500 soundbars I tried just didn't have clear enough dialogue for me. In movie mode the SoloCinema is great for dialogue. It's also got a good subwoofer. The system works great in our 20 x30 family room.

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.
I wanted to give a follow up on the SoloCinema. I began to experience frequent loss of subwoofer pairing. It was an easy fix with the remote to get re-paired but quite annoying. I emailed Def Tech about a possible software update. It took several days but a tech did email me back and concluded that I needed the update. He emailed me the file and instructions which I put on a jumpdrive and followed the instructions. Initially nothing happened. So I tried it again. This time the process started but about half way through the soundbar went dead. Nothing I could do would bring it back to life. There was power at the brick but not the soundbar. I emailed the Def Tech rep again but heard nothing again for several days(granted it was over Christmas). I decided to try to return it to Best Buy.The local Best Buy manager took it back even though I didn't buy it from his store. His store doesn't carry Def Tech soundbars so I ended up instead with the Sony HT-ST7 which so far I really like.
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.
 

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I wanted to give a follow up on the SoloCinema. There was power at the brick but not the soundbar. I emailed the Def Tech rep again but heard nothing again for several days(granted it was over Christmas). I decided to try to return it to Best Buy.The local Best Buy manager took it back even though I didn't buy it from his store. His store doesn't carry Def Tech soundbars so I ended up instead with the Sony HT-ST7 which so far I really like.
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.
JHawk,


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.
 

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JHawk,


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.
DT warranty encourages return to the place of purchase so I'm guessing the retailers must be cool with that process. I buy a lot of stuff from my local Best Buy and the manager has always been good to me so returning the defective DT was not a problem. I purchased my SoloCinema in August as an open box at another BB. I also paid $700.

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.
 
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