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Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3

3-channel home theater sound bar

14 Reviews | 4 questions - 5 answers

Overview

Our take on the Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3

The 'SSA3 uses patented Solo Surround Array (SSA) technology to vastly widen the stereo image to lifelike proportions. For complete surround sound enjoyment, mate the XTR-SSA3 with matching Mythos XTR-20BP surround speakers or any of Definitive's in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. For more bass punch add a powered subwoofer.

A stylish upgrade to TV sound

Definitive Technology's Mythos XTR-SSA3 gives you serious audio performance in an elegant sound bar design that cuts down on room-clutter. This three-channel speaker connects to your home theater receiver and takes the place of the left-, center-, and right-channel speakers of a traditional surround sound system. Six mid-bass drivers and three 1" tweeters elevate movie and TV dialogue to the forefront, where it belongs. And at just over 1-1/2" deep, the aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure makes an outstanding decorative match for your TV, so your eyes and ears will be equally happy.


Thin never sounded so good

The 'SSA3 uses patented Solo Surround Array (SSA) technology to vastly widen the stereo image to lifelike proportions. For complete surround sound enjoyment, mate the XTR-SSA3 with matching Mythos XTR-20BP surround speakers or any of Definitive's in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. For more bass punch add a powered subwoofer.

Flexible placement

The 'SSA3 speaker comes with everything you need to locate it where you like. It can be wall mounted simply using the rear keyhole slots. Plus the 'SSA3 comes with adjustable shelf support feet so you can place it on your A/V cabinet below your TV.


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Did you know?
Your new speakers will probably sound better after several weeks of use than they do right out of the box. That's because the material surrounding the woofers will loosen up, allowing the drivers to move more fully. Definitive Technology estimates a break-in period of 24 to 48 hours of playback before the speakers will deliver optimum sound quality. For more information and helpful tips, check out this article from Definitive's website about conditioning your speakers.


Great look and sound

Anonymous, Pinson, AL

What's in the Box:

  • Soundbar loudspeaker (with removable cloth grille)
  • Plug-in speaker terminal
  • 2 L-bracket supports
  • 2 Adjustable feet
  • Wall-mount bracket
  • Six 1/4"-20 x 12mm screws
  • 2 Rubber pads
  • Owner's Manual
  • Template
  • Online Product Registration card
  • Speaker labels

Product Highlights:

  • reproduces three channels of sound with a single speaker
  • frequency response 60-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • six 3-1/2" XTDD mid-bass drivers
  • three 1"pure aluminum dome tweeters
  • non-powered for use with a home theater receiver
  • three pairs of 5-way binding posts
  • aircraft grade extruded aluminum cabinet
  • gloss black finish
  • includes keyhole slots and leveler feet for easy placement
  • 43"W x 5-1/4"H x 1-5/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter 1.0" Dome (x3)
Midrange None
Woofer 3.5" Cone (x6)
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Features
Surround Sound Decoding No
Dialogue Enhancement No
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) No
Control by App N
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 N/A
Amplifier Labor Warranty N/A
Specifications
System Frequency Response 60-30k Hz
Powered System No
Sound Bar RMS Power 0
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
Optical Digital Audio Inputs None
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output 0
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 5-1/4H x 43W x 1-5/8D
Sound Bar Weight Not Given
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research

XTR-SSA3 Soundbar: The Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3 Soundbar provides three channels (Front left/Center/Front right) from one ultra-slim loudspeaker. The XTR-SSA3 Soundbar is the perfect audio solution when you are unable or unwilling to use three discrete front speakers in your home theater. The XTR-SSA3 provides dynamic punch, wide frequency range, and broad dispersion. The Soundbar's ultra-slim design is a perfect match for today's ultra-thin flat-panel TVs. It comes with a table-top stand and is wall-mountable.

Note: For complete surround sound enjoyment, mate the XTR-SSA3 with matching Mythos XTR-20BP surround speakers (735XTR20BP, sold separately) or any of Definitive's in-wall or in-ceiling speaker solutions.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

SSA (Solo Surround Array) Technology: The Mythos XTR-SSA3 Soundbar's left & right channel arrays utilize patented SSA technology to vastly widen the stereo image to lifelike proportions. You'll enjoy a sonic image that is as wide as the wall with incredible three-dimensionality.

Pure Aluminum Dome Tweeters: The XTR-SSA3 Soundbar's three 1" hyper-definition aluminum dome tweeters are the same tweeters found in Definitive's award-winning state-of-the-art Mythos ST SuperTower. The pure aluminum dome tweeters provide clarity, dynamic range, and extended high-frequency response.

XTDD Technology Drivers: The Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3 Soundbar utilizes six 3.5" Definitive XTDD technology anodized Aluminum dome drivers for extraordinary performance. Using state-of-the-art computer modeling and decades of speaker design experience, Definitive engineers eliminated every inch of wasted space, optimized every part, and maximized the moving surface area of a dynamic driver to shrink it down to a very compact dimension without giving up ultra high performance audio fidelity. The XTDD drivers provide dynamic punch, a wide frequency range, and broad dispersion that flat vibrating membrane panel-type speakers simply cannot match.

Enclosure Design

Ultra-Thin Aluminum Enclosure: The Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3 Soundbar features an ultra-thin aircraft-grade aluminum cabinet that fits today's flat-panel televisions perfectly. By specially shaping the enclosure and incorporating stiffing ribs and channels, Definitive made the space-efficient extruded aluminum enclosure ultra-rigid and resonance-free. The magnets of the XTDD drivers protrude through the rear wall of the enclosure to further minimize depth. A thermally conductive gasket seals the enclosure/magnet interface and transfers heat from the driver's rare-earth magnet to the enclosure, making the whole enclosure a giant heat dissipater.

Magnetic Grille: The Mythos XTR-SSA3 Soundbar features a black cloth magnetic grille which easily attaches and detaches from the speaker.

Connections

Speaker Terminals: The Mythos XTR-SSA3 is equipped with a plug-in C-clamp speaker terminal to attach your receiver's speaker wire (up to 12 AWG).

Color-Coded: The speaker terminals are color-coded and labeled (+/-) to distinguish between Front Left, Center, and Front Right speaker channels.

Mounting Options

Placement: The Mythos XTR-SSA3 is designed for horizontal use only. The Soundbar can be positioned below, above, or in front of your flat-panel television. The XTR-SSA3 matches perfectly with 46" to 65" flat-panel televisions.

Table-Top Mount: For shelf-mounting in front of or below the TV, the XTR-SSA3 comes with two different sets of adjustable feet. For shelf-mounting in front of or below the TV, the XTR-SSA3 comes with clever adjustable feet that can raise the speaker over the TV's protruding shelf stand. It can also be placed on a shelf below the TV and angled up towards your ears via the supplied shelf supports

  • Adjustable Height Feet: Use these adjustable feet when placing the Soundbar on the same shelf as the TV. They allow you to raise the speaker over the TV's pedestal base.
  • Adjustable-Angled Feet: Use these adjustable supports when placing the Soundbar on a shelf below your flat-panel TV. They allow you to angle the speaker up towards ear level.

Note: The adjustable feet attach to the Soundbar speaker using the supplied hardware (1/4"-20 x 12mm screws).

Wall-Mount: The Definitive Technology XTR-SSA3 can be mounted to the wall, above or below your flat-panel television. The Soundbar includes a wall-mount bracket and hardware, along with dual keyhole slots.

  • Wall-Mount Bracket: The Mythos XTR-SSA3 comes with a wall mount bracket that allows direct mounting to a wall (wall-mount screws not supplied). The wall-mount bracket attaches to the Soundbar speaker using the supplied hardware (1/4"-20 x 12mm screws).
  • Dual Keyhole Slots: The XTR-SSA3 Soundbar also features dual rear-panel keyhole slots which allow you to easily hang the speaker on the wall without any bracket by simply using two screws (not supplied). The two keyhole slots are spaced 32.75" apart.

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Why did you buy this?

Manufacturer recommendation [ S  Apr 20, 2017 ]
Attractive looking design, very thin, aircraft grade aluminum and what I expect to be quality sound to along with my new Sony HDR 75" TV. [ Philip  Jun 18, 2016 ]
went from standard separate 3 speaker front set up to soundbar because I wanted a more streamlined look but I didn't want just any. I went to Bjorn's in San Antonio to see one of these in action and was blown away. It is nice and will be even better when it's in tandem with my other 4 separate surrounds I will be ordering from you soon. I plan to purchase 4 of the Polk Audio RC55i in wall speakers. [ Michael  Apr 20, 2016 ]
Good reviews. Now that I have it am very pleased. [ Don  Apr 01, 2016 ]
Research and James helped during a chat James' Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=104 [ William  Feb 19, 2016 ]
It got rid of our big front speakers. Made our room more eye appealing. [ STACY  Dec 20, 2015 ]
This model appears to be perfect for the installation we are doing. [ Gerry  Dec 11, 2015 ]
Sound is too small for the big room I have this in. [ JAMES  Dec 09, 2015 ]

4 questions already asked

Definitive Technology recommends adding the Mythos XTR-20BP as the surround speakers with the Mythos XTR-SSA3 soundbar: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_735XTR20BP/Definitive-Technology-XTR-20BP.html?tp=190 If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps! [ Larry  Apr 05, 2017 ]  Staff
I have it on the supplied brackets to have it stand up on top of our credenza. At the lowest possible setting the distance from the credenza to the top of the speaker is 5 1/4". It can go up about 1 1/2" from there. [ JEFFREY  Nov 01, 2016 ]
If I correctly understand your question the speaker is positioned above my 65" TV - about six feet high from the floor. [ Don  Oct 31, 2016 ]
That's exactly how I'm using it (as a center channel mounted above my TV). It definitely needs the powered subwoofer, but it produces solid, clear vocals (for music) and voices (for TV). I have seating on the sides (vs. in front) so what I like best is how wide the sound "path" is vs. some of the more traditional center channels. [ Heather  Jul 26, 2016 ]
I haven't a clue what this is. [ ALLIDA  Jul 03, 2014 ]
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