Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA5
Passive 5-channel home theater sound bar
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Our take on the Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA5 by Crutchfield's Marshall Chase
Get surrounded by sound, not by speakers
Great home theater sound resonates with you, but five speakers with wire around the room - not so much. Definitive Technology's Mythos XTR-SSA5 is just the ticket. This single, slender five-channel speaker connects to your home theater receiver and delivers Definitive's trademark audio fidelity in a room-friendly design. Ten mid-bass drivers and three tweeters work together to reproduce the five traditional channels of a home theater system with clarity and detail. At just over 1-1/2" deep, the aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure makes this speaker an outstanding visual match for your TV, so your eyes and ears will be delighted at the same time.
Thin never sounded so good
The 'SSA5 uses patented Solo Surround Array (SSA) technology to vastly widen the sound stage to lifelike proportions. For complete seven-channel surround sound enjoyment, mate the XTR-SSA5 with matching Mythos XTR-20BP surround speakers or any of Definitive's in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. And for solid, bass punch, add a powered subwoofer to your system.
The 'SSA5 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 'SSA5 comes with adjustable shelf support feet so you can place it on your A/V cabinet.
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.
- reproduces five channels of sound with a single speaker
- frequency response 60-30,000 Hz
- sensitivity 90 dB
- 8-ohm impedance
- handles up to 200 watts
- ten 3-1/2" XTDD mid-bass drivers
- three 1" pure aluminum dome tweeters
- non-powered for use with a home theater receiver
- five pairs of setscrew input terminals
- aircraft-grade extruded aluminum cabinet
- gloss black finish
- includes keyhole slots and leveler feet for easy placement
- 45"W x 5-1/4"H x 1-5/8"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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
- Online Product Registration card
- Speaker labels
Simple clean design. Terrific sound thru-out the room. A great Pleasure to look and hear.
Joseph, Plano, TX
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Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||1|
|Tweeter||1.0 dome (x3)|
|Woofer||3.5" Cone (x10)|
|Surround Sound Decoding||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|
|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|
|System Frequency Response||60-30k Hz|
|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|
|Sound Bar (inches)||5-1/4H x 45W x 1-5/8D|
|Sound Bar Weight||Not Given|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
XTR-SSA5 Soundbar: The Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA5 Soundbar provides five discrete channels (Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right) from one ultra-slim loudspeaker. The XTR-SSA5 Soundbar is the perfect audio solution when you are unable or unwilling to use rear channel speakers in your home theater setup. The XTR-SSA5 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-SSA5 Soundbar with a Definitive Technology powered subwoofer (such as the 735PSUB1KB, sold separately).
Spatial Array: The Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA5 incorporates Spatial Array, a unique patented technology that optimizes the spatial presentation of five-channels to create the illusion that you are surrounded by five separate high-performance speakers. Spatial Array Surround technology uses subtle, but complex directional cues to completely free the sound from the speaker enclosure and convince your ear/brain listening mechanism that you are surrounded multiple speakers. Since Spatial Array technology does not depend on bouncing sound off walls, it works in virtually any room and set-up configuration. The XTR-SSA5 uses Spatial Array technology on the front left and right speakers as well as the surround channels, so that you get big three-dimensional imaging from both stereo and multi-channel sources.
Pure Aluminum Dome Tweeters: The XTR-SSA5 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-SSA5 Soundbar utilizes ten 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.
Ultra-Thin Aluminum Enclosure: The Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA5 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-SSA5 Soundbar features a black cloth magnetic grille which easily attaches and detaches from the speaker.
Speaker Terminals: The Mythos XTR-SSA5 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/Right, Center, and Surround Left/Right speaker channels.
Placement: The Mythos XTR-SSA5 is designed for horizontal use only. The Soundbar can be positioned below, above, or in front of your flat-panel television. The XTR-SSA5 matches perfectly with 46" to 65" flat-panel televisions.
Table-Top Mount: For shelf-mounting in front of or below the TV, the XTR-SSA5 comes with two different sets of adjustable feet. For shelf-mounting in front of or below the TV, the XTR-SSA5 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-SSA5 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-SSA5 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-SSA5 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 34.75" apart.
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Why did you buy this?
Great reviews. One of very few passive soundbars. [ JAMES Aug 14, 2017 ]