At CEDIA Expo, which gets underway tomorrow in Denver, CO, Definitive Technology is introducing a a desktop speaker system, Bluetooth speaker and soundbar package. Also being unveiled is a new flagship floor-standing speaker.
The SoloCinema Studio (shown below) combines a five-channel soundbar with a ported 8" 200-watt subwoofer. Unusually, the soundbar has HDMI inputs and ARC-ready HDMI output. It can decode Dolby Digital and DTS streams, (but not Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio). The SoloCinema Studio and also features Bluetooth wireless connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communications) support for automatic one-touch pairing with NFC-equipped devices. for streaming audio from handheld devices. The SoloCinema Studio will be available in Canada in October for $1,400 UMAP.
The Cube Bluetooth speaker system (shown at top of story) also has NFC support. Designed for corner placement on a counter or desk, the Cube contains speakers on two sides and the top, in what Definitive calls a "tripolar" configuration. The left and right speakers are set at a 90-degree angle, and complemented by upward-firing speakers on top. The driver complement includes four 1.25" mid-tweeters, and a 5.25" woofer. The Cube will be available in North America in October. American MSRP is US$399; Canadian price TBA.
As its name conveys, the Incline active desktop speaker (shown at left) tilts backward on its pedestal to direct sound upward toward the listener. The backward tilt also matches the angle of desktop monitors and laptop screens, the company notes. Complementing the front-firing 3.5" mid/bass driver, 4" passive radiator and .75" silk dome tweeter, is a rear-firing 1.5" full-range driver. The bipolar configuration enhances depth and spaciousness of the sound. Each of the active drivers has its own 20-watt amplifier. Input options include USB, digital optical and 3.5mm mini analog stereo; there's also a subwoofer output. The Incline will ship in North America in October. American MSRP is $399, Canadian retail TBA.
Also being launched at CEDIA is a flagship tower speaker. The Mythos ST-L (shown at right) is a complete redesign of Definitive's Mythos ST. Like its predecessor, the Mythos ST-L has a built-in powered subwoofer at the bottom of an extruded aluminum enclosure. Powered by a built-in 1,200-watt amplifier, the subwoofer section employs a 6x10" carbon woofer coupled to two 6x10" planar passive radiators. The mid-high array features at the top of the enclosure two 5.25" midrange drivers flanking a magnesium-aluminum dome tweeter in a D'Appolito array. Along with the five-way binding posts, there's a line-level LFE input. The Mythos ST-L will be available in black or a limited edition silver graphite finish in October. US MSRP is $2,499.