Most slim-profile soundbars measure three feet wide or longer. If you want something with less width than that, then good luck, as more compact units just don’t have the room to fit all the drivers necessary to deliver that big sound. Fortunately, that’s not the case with the Definite Technology Studio 3D Mini.
Clad in an ultra-slim enclosure that measures just 26.5 x 2 x 4.5 inches (width x height x depth), the soundbar boasts big sound in a compact package, allowing you to bring in the kind of soundstage that a large screen TV deserves. Whether you want to make extra room in your media cabinet or just want a cleaner space under the TV, this soundbar should get you that without any compromise in sound quality.
The Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini manages to bring that expansive sound by integrating a 4.1 channel arrangement using six drivers, namely four 3-inch racetrack drivers and two 1-inch aluminum dome tweeters. It also includes a separate 8-inch wireless subwoofer in its own box enclosure, which you can place at the bottom of the media cabinet or somewhere else in the room. The soundbar itself delivers the midrange and treble frequencies, while the subwoofer handles the booming bass response as it’s required.
The outfit boasts theater-grade signal processing for all six drivers, ensuring you can appreciate every note on the musical score, every jarring explosion, and every little sound cue that accompanies whatever happens onscreen. It also supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X encoded video using just a single HDMI (eARC) connection, delivering a larger and more dynamic sound for greater immersion while watching your favorite movies onscreen. Basically, it brings you close enough to the audio you usually get at your local theaters without having to leave the comfort of your home.
The Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini comes with support for Apple AirPlay 2, so your iOS and macOS users can stream any audio straight to the device, along with support for Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant, so you can use voice commands to control playback using your choice of virtual assistant. It’s also the first soundbar from the outfit with support for HEOS Built-in, the multi-room wireless protocol currently used by Denon and Marantz, so you can integrate it with any speakers from those two brands. Currently, there are around 70 products compatible with this multi-room system, so you’ve got plenty of choices in speakers for outfitting your whole home. Other features include compatibility with any Roku remote, simple setup via the app, and a variety of drivers for integrating with many home automation systems.
It comes in a brushed, aluminum enclosure that should give it a genuinely premium feel. As with many modern soundbars, it can connect with both contemporary and legacy sources using its 4K HDMI input, 4K HDMI out with eARC, optical input, auxiliary input, and even a USB port for playing high-res music from your collection.
The Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini comes out in January, priced at $899.