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Definitive Touts Thinnest On-Wall Speaker

Definitive Technology, a home audio company, said it has developed its thinnest high-performance, on-wall, home theater loudspeaker, the 1.5-inch-thick Mythos XTR-50. The loudspeaker is being offered through an exclusive online agreement with Amazon.com and Crutchfield.com.

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Definitive Technology, a home audio company, said it has developed its thinnest high-performance, on-wall, home theater loudspeaker, the 1.5-inch-thick Mythos XTR-50. The loudspeaker is being offered through an exclusive online agreement with Amazon.com and Crutchfield.com. Definitive plans to make the Mythos XTR-50 available online and in-store through retailers, including Magnolia Home Theater, Best Buy's high-end store, among others.

"Ultra-thin TVs do a wonderful job displaying realistic, high-definition images, but they need external speakers to provide equally high-quality sound," said Dave Peet, executive vice president of Definitive. "Previously, the only choices customers had were finding space in the room for full-sized speakers or cutting a hole in the wall to hide them, with only the grille showing."

The Mythos XTR-50 uses lightweight aluminum for the enclosure as well as a dome diaphragm that produces sound and houses the voice coil and other components, in place of a traditional cone. The voice coil is made from a copper-clad aluminum-core wire to conduct a signal without being heavy. The aluminum cabinet is specially shaped, incorporating stiffening ribs and channels to achieve a strong, rigid housing that produces no unwanted resonance, according to the company. Additionally, magnets used for driving the speakers protrude through, but flush with, the rear wall of the cabinet, to minimize depth and conveniently dissipate heat throughout the enclosure, explains Definitive.

Other product components are made from polyimide film, a strong, lightweight, and heat-resistant material that Definitive officials say is used in space suites and on the Apollo Lunar Module.

The cabinet measures 27 inches high, 6 inches wide, and 1.5 inches thick, making it well suited for televisions measuring 46-inch to 55-inch class diagonals. The loudspeaker comes with a wall-mounting bracket that allows either vertical or horizontal orientation, with a total on-wall depth of 1.6 inches. Also included are strands for vertical tabletop use and horizontal shelf placement.

Each Mythos XTR-50 carries a price of $699.

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