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Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR

Powered home theater sound bar with true 5.1 surround sound and wireless subwoofer

3 Reviews | 2 questions - 4 answers

Item # 735SCXTR

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Our take on the Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR

Make it easy to set up, build it with versatility and durability in mind, and make it sound fantastic.

Simple. Aesthetically pleasing. And powerful.

Make it easy to set up, build it with versatility and durability in mind, and make it sound fantastic.

Not the easiest assignment, but it's clear the design team at Definitive Technology had this mission in mind from the start when imagining the SoloCinema XTR. Oh, and they didn't forget the importance of good looks, either. The sleek, slender sound bar and the surprisingly slim wireless subwoofer fit unobtrusively into almost any decor scheme. It's evident that Definitive Technology's priorities are front and center.

Let's start with the ultra-rigid, precision-machined aluminum enclosure. Custom designed stiffing ribs and channels help to minimize unwanted resonances that might interfere with your musical enjoyment. Three aluminum dome tweeters add realism, definition, and air to your sound. Six patent-pending XTDD aluminum dome midrange drivers, originally designed for Definitive Technologies award-winning full-size loudspeakers, have been re-imagined to be unbelievably compact while still delivering rich, lifelike sound. And every driver has its own digital amplifier — the unit has no crossovers, reducing any distortion opportunities to a minimum. Combine this with an authoritative, slim-design 8" wireless subwoofer and you have a recipe for surround-sound nirvana.

The Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR's tweeters

Three aluminum dome tweeters add high-end definition and intelligibility to your entertainment sources

Better sound from your Blu-rays

Use the HDMI connection on the SoloCinema XTR to get uncompromised fidelity from your Blu-ray entertainment. That's what lossless encoding/decoding formats like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ offer the viewer. And unlike nearly all of the competition in this category, the SoloCinema XTR has built-in decoding for those soundtracks. Combine that approach with Definitive's patented Definitive Spatial Array™ technology, and you have a two-piece, room-friendly, audiophile-grade surround sound solution that can sound as good (if not better) than a rack full of individual components — while creating the convincing illusion of being surrounded by a room full of high-end speakers.

Note: the direct HDMI connection from your Blu-ray player to the SoloCinema XTR is required in order to pass the full lossless signal to your sound bar.

One-cable connections

Most of the time, one cable can take care of digital connections to TVs, Blu-ray players, streaming video devices, cable/satellite boxes and game consoles. Three HDMI connections plus one optical digital connection stand ready to integrate these devices and more. And a traditional analog audio RCA stereo input is present for "old school" sources.

Made for relaxation

Welcome refinements like Dolby® Volume help maximize your TV watching enjoyment. Set the volume to a level that's comfortable and immersive, then watch as it stays constant, even when the network sport action promos fill the commercial break. And the included, cleverly-designed ergonomic remote lets you control your SoloCinema XTR easily from your viewing location.

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • six patent-pending XTDD 3-1/2" mid-bass drivers
    • three 1" aluminum dome tweeters
    • each driver has its own amplifier: 9 channels (200 watts total for soundbar)
    • Dolby® TrueHD and DTS HD uncompressed surround sound decoding
    • Dolby Volume evens out sound levels
    • Spatial Array™ digital sound processing provides an enveloping theater experience
    • aluminum enclosure is ultra-rigid to minimize unwanted resonance and vibration
    • built-in keyhole slot for easy wall-mounting; shallow design works with most all of today's flat screen TV's
    • 43"W x 5-3/8"H (6-11/16" with supplied feet) x 2-3/4"D (2-3/8" with bracket)
    • 11.5 lbs.
    Wireless subwoofer:
    • 250-watt class D amplifier
    • wireless design allows placement anywhere in the room
    • 8" woofer in a compact sealed enclosure
    • 19-3/4"W x 13-13/16"H x 6-11/16"D
    • 19.1 lbs.
    • three HDMI inputs for connection to your HDTV, Blu-ray player, gaming console or Apple® TV
    • one optical digital input for connection to your HDTV, Blu-ray player, gaming console or Apple® TV
    • one RCA stereo input for analog sources
    • USB input (for firmware updates only)
    • one HDMI output for A/V source switching and video pass-through
    Supplied accessories:
    • ergonomic remote control
    • power adapter (sound bar), 2 power cords (subwoofer)

    What's in the Box:

    • Amplified soundbar speaker (w/ detachable grille)
    • Wireless powered subwoofer (w/ detachable grille)
    • AC Power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
    • Two 6' AC power cords
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 2 Fixed shelf-supports
    • 2 Adjustable angle shelf-supports
    • Wall bracket
    • 3 Rubber feet (with screws)
    • 4 Rubber feet (with threads)
    • Six M6x12mm screws
    • 2 Self-adhesive pads
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • Wall-mount template
    • Online Product Registration

    Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (3 Reviews)

    Awesome Sound - Easy Setup

    JayC from New York, New York on 9/20/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For a sound bar, you can't really ask for much more. DT really delivers on par with what you would expect from a brand with this type of reputation. The clarity and balance is unmatched compared to other soundbars. Don't be mistake, you can't replace a true 5.1 system with a soundbar and a sub, but this is as close as you will get. Can't really ask for more. To top it off, got an amazing deal from Crutchfield catching this on sale. If you are in the market for a soundbar and are considering this product, stop wasting your time - add to cart and order...



    Very Disappointed

    kfhonline from Huntsville AL on 12/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am very disappointed in this item. Definitive Technology has had a reputation for many years of being a producer of high end audio products. But...I received two defective products for this item, not good for a product that costs this much. I ordered my first one and in a coupled of days the unit stopped working. Contacted Crutchfield and they walked me thru a few things to try, but the unit had died. So...Crutchfield swapped out the unit with a new one...and after a few days the second unit starting turning itself off. You could turn in back on, but then it would cut off again. I contacted Crutchfield and I am sending the second one back and I will not buy another one. Again disappointed because of Def Tech's reputation. Other than the reputation of Definitive Technology, the reason I purhased this item is that it has a separate volume control for the center channel (dialog). So many of the movies today emphasize the special effects sounds so much that it is sometime difficult to understand the dialog, so this unit does to a good job with "bringing out" the dialog so it can be heard better. It gives you the option to control the dialog/center channel and I have not found another unit to do this from any other companies. There is a new product coming soon from Def Tech that is a little less expensive. The new unit also has a separate volume control for the center channel. Crutchfield support staff was very friendly/helpfull through this process!!!

    Pros: I love having the separate volume control for the audio out of the center channel. The dialog can get lost in some movies and this allows you to adjust how YOU like it!!! It also looks good.

    Cons: The product is defective. If you look at the other review for this item, it sounds like he had similar problems with this unit.

    A very expensive glitch

    DonD from Middle Village, N.Y. on 7/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Solo Cinema XTR soundbar is an incredible piece of audio equiptment. My review is unfortunately like many others, in that the product started constantly shutting down. I followed the knowledgeable Crutchfield support teams advice, but in the end it had to be returned. The replacement arrived within two days, and shut down after five hours of operation. I'm going to contact definitive technology and discuss my theory that either the wireless router DVR, or remote control from logitech is causing some type of interference causing the XTR to reboot. Crutchfield is a premier company, their advisers are first rate, courteous, and extremely helpful. They stand behind their sales and I strongly recommend them for your auto and home electronic purchases.

    Pros: The surround sound experience wasincredible, full, deep, and rich. We watched a David Gilmour concert in Blu-Ray, and hd movies on cable. The sound, picture quality, stereo seperation and clarity of speech were truly amazing. The XTR acts as the conduit for all components through hdmi connections, with one out to the T.V. No wires, no fuss, no muss, and it's fits beautifully beneath my 46" Samsung. That's reason to love it , but once the problem is solved, I'll love it even more.

    Cons: As I indicated the consistent shutting down of power is extremely annoying, but I feel confident that I will solve the problem, which doesn't seem to occur when the DVR is off. Calling Def Tech Monday, and I will post progress, or regress updates.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Aluminum
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color High-gloss blac
    Tweeter 1" Dome (3)
    Midrange None
    Woofer 3.5" Mid-bass dome (6)
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 8" Long-throw woofer
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity No
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
    Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 3 Years
    System Frequency Response 30-30k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 200 Watts
    Subwoofer RMS Power 250 watts
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs 3
    HDMI Outputs 1
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output 0
    Sound Bar (inches) 5-3/8H x 43W x 2-3/8D
    Sound Bar Weight 11.5 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 13-13/16H x 19-3/4W x 6-11/16D
    Subwoofer Weight 19.1 lbs

    Product Research


    SoloCinema XTR System: The Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR system has been designed to deliver high-definition audio that will match your TV's high-definition picture. The SoloCinema XTR system includes an ultra-thin, high-gloss aluminum amplified soundbar speaker and a slim, wireless powered subwoofer which offers a virtual 5.1 channel sound experience without the need for a surround receiver or rear speakers. The soundbar speaker features dedicated drivers for five channels of surround (Front L/R, C, Rear L/R), while the wireless powered subwoofer handles the LFE channel. Using Definitive's patented Spatial Array technology combined with SRS TruSurround, The SoloCinema XTR system delivers a life-like, three-dimensional sound experience.

    Amplified Soundbar Speaker: The SoloCinema XTR soundbar speaker houses three of Definitive Technology's exclusive pure aluminum dome 1" tweeters and six patent-pending XTDD anodized aluminum dome 3.5" midrange drivers for accurate, clear natural sound. Each driver and tweeter in the soundbar is powered by its own digital amplifier. 200-watts powers the bar to lifelike volume levels to fill even large rooms with high impact, low-distortion sound. There are no passive filters or crossovers; all signal processing is performed digitally for the utmost precision, clarity, and accuracy. The soundbar speaker employs a thin-profile, aircraft-grade extruded aluminum enclosure that is ultra-rigid and resonance-free for superior sound. At only 2.375" deep, the SoloCinema XTR's soundbar speaker is the perfect complement to today's ultra-slim TVs. It can be either wall or shelf mounted with the supplied brackets and hardware. One type of shelf hardware allows you to raise the soundbar speaker over the TV's protruding stand. The other set tilts the soundbar speaker upwards when placed on a shelf below the TV.

    Wireless Powered Subwoofer: Despite its small size, the SoloCinema XTR's wireless powered subwoofer packs quite a punch. Its 8" high-excursion, long-throw woofer is powered by a massive 250-Watt digital amplifier to provide you with deep, impactful bass you expect from your favorite music and action/adventure films. The sealed enclosure ensures tight, accurate bass with no distortion. The powered subwoofer connects to the system's soundbar speaker wirelessly. Simply select the location that best fits your room and plug it into a wall AC outlet. The slim subwoofer is easy to tuck out of sight behind or under furniture (you can even place on its back pointing up).

    Analog + Digital Connections: The SoloCinema XTR soundbar speaker has a full-array of inputs including HDMI (3), digital optical (1), and analog (1) allowing you to connect your Blu-Ray player, cable/satellite tuner, gaming console as well as a legacy source such as a VCR. The three HDMI inputs support both audio (up 7.1ch) and video (up to 1080p) signals for convenient hookup and neat wire management. There is also a HDMI output that feeds the audio/video signal (up to 7.1ch/1080p) from your AV source through the soundbar speaker to your flat-panel TV. The optical (toslink) digital input supports 2.1ch to 5.1ch audio. The analog (RCA) input supports 2ch audio only. There is also a USB port for firmware updates only.

    Dolby Digital/DTS + Dolby Pro Logic II Processing: The SoloCinema XTR supports the latest high-definition lossless surround formats; including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD for maximum audio performance. Most Blu-Ray discs feature uncompressed high-definition audio tracks. Lossless means that you'll hear exactly the same high quality sound as the original studio master recordings. You will enjoy music and movies with full dynamic impact and the highest definition, clarity and detail; exactly as the creators intended. The system also offers Dolby Pro Logic II processing which transforms stereo content into full-range surround sound.

    Dolby Volume: The SoloCinema XTR also features Dolby Volume technology which levels the volume across video programs. Set volume to the level you are comfortable with and Dolby Volume does the rest. Sound levels stay constant, even when TV advertisers try to blast you out of your chair.

    Remote Control: The SoloCinema XTR system puts you in control, simply and comfortably with its ingenious IR remote. As you slide your finger over the remote you'll notice that all the controls are shaped with concave and convex forms to make it easy to use even in the dark. It fits perfectly in your hand, your thumb naturally falling on the most often used control (Volume). The remote's Bass control lets you optimize the system's bass loudness to match the program material, your taste or your mood. The Center control adjusts the volume of the channel that handles almost all of the dialogue duties in order to correct for differences in dialogue intelligibility from program to program. The Music/Movie buttons optimize the system's sound characteristics such as bass level and surround effect intensity to best match what you're listening to.

    Note: For greater convenience, you can program the SoloCinema XTR to respond to the power, volume, mute, and source select commands of your TV or cable box remote. Built-in IR remote "flashers" allows the unit to be placed in front of a TV (for example, when used on a table top) without disrupting your TV's remote functions.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    2 questions already asked

    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current system. They will be able to pull up your gear and make sure this will work If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Jan 01, 2014 ]  Staff
    I do not think you can add a second sub. I no longer have this item because it was defective (it was the second defective unit I received). [ Keith  Jan 01, 2014 ]
    Hi there--- I don't believe a second sub can be added, since there's no output for a sub on the back of the sound bar -- it's a wireless connection from the bar to the sub which comes with the system, and I believe the two components are paired before they leave the factory. However, I would encourage you to call DefTech's Customer Service department and ask them directly -- they're very knowledgeable and GREAT to deal with. (And DefTech does offer subs with wireless connectivity.) FYI, I have the SoloCinema XTR and feel no need whatsoever for more bass (you can control sub volume from the handheld control), but your mileage may vary. Good luck! [ DENNIS  Dec 30, 2013 ]
    Call tech support @ Crutchfield. [ NICK  Dec 30, 2013 ]