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Definitive Technology - W Studio Micro 3.1-Channel Soundbar with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Wi-Fi Music Streaming - Brushed Aluminum

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Definitive Technology W Studio Micro Soundbar: Feel like you're right in the middle of all the action with the surround sound and deep, powerful bass. The slim design complements any home theater setup, and the subwoofer can be placed out of the way thanks to its wireless capabilities.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Owner's manual
  • Remote with batteries
  • Soundbar power supply, subwoofer power cable, optical cable
  • W Studio Micro 3.1-Channel Soundbar with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Wi-Fi Music Streaming

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (265 out of 302)

Features


Open platform lets you add more audio devices

DTS Play-Fi technology lets you add additional Definitive Technology Wireless Collection products, or any other Play-Fi enabled products, to your multiroom setup without need of extra components.

Wirelessly access all of the music you love

Enjoy your favorite playlists, Internet radio and online services through a single app.

Experience room-filling surround sound

Spatial Array Technology delivers 3.1 surround sound to your movies and TV shows, without the need for rear speakers.

Control your audio from multiple devices

Download the free Definitive Technology app on your compatible smartphone, tablet or PC to search for songs and stations, choose music, and control the volume.

Wireless connectivity

Easily connect the W Studio Micro to your smartphone, tablet or PC through your wireless home network.

Additional ports

Two optical, 1 AUX and 1 IR input. One wired speaker output and 1 IR output. USB port for firmware updates and Ethernet connection (when used with USB-to-Ethernet adapter, not included).


Customer rating

4.4
88%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good sound bar

    Posted
    mdiggity

    To get to the point, let me tell you what I think is great about the product and what isn't great. Great: Soundbar quality/powerful sub, low profile/modern design of the soundbar, easy setup, 3.1 system, ability to add remote speakers for surround experience, and the ability to toggle the middle speaker within the soundbar. Not great: Lack of bluetooth connectivity (though not a huge deal), no automatic off after a period of non-use, below average remote control legibility. You know how on shows like "House Hunters", people have a laundry list of "must haves" (4,000 sq/ft, pool, open floorplan, great neighborhood, new construction, wine cellar) and then only have a budget of $200,000? I find that most people that have reviewed this product and give it a 1 Star of the similar mentality -- unrealistic expectations. I will preface this post by letting you know that I looked at a lot of soundbars (online and in-store) before I purchased this product. In fact, I had originally purchased a similar Sony 3.1 system (HTZ9F) that is brand new for 2018 with all of these fancy technologies to mimic Atmos sound (for nearly the same price). I was so disappointed that I returned it the same day. Additionally, I previously owned a 2.1 Sony soundbar that had good sound (and was only ~$250) that was purchased in 2013. The reason for the new soundbar was (in part) because I wanted something with a slimmer profile and mostly because I wanted to improve on the sound quality. Simply put, if your first priority is a soundbar that has very good sound quality, then you should strongly consider this device; however, if your first priority is not sound quality, but instead other features, then you should probably look elsewhere. My priority is sound quality: If I wanted mediocre sound, I would not buy a soundbar and stick with the factory speakers of my new 65" Sony TV. To me, I wanted to have as close to a professional audio system (i.e. receiver, amp, sub, speakers, etc.) without: 1) having to dedicate that much space; 2) having to spend that much money (easily north of $1,200); and 3) having to spend a lot of time on the installation or hire someone else to install it. Will a soundbar have perfect sound? Certainly not within my $800 > price-point. A lot of the resoundingly negative reviews have come from people who have mostly commented that there is not an HDMI cable, there is no bluetooth connection, and/or that the remote sucks. Those are fair criticisms, but if those issues are such a high priority, then why would someone purchase this soundbar in the first place or not return it within a few days of the purchase (Best Buy has a 15-day return policy, after all)? I think that it would be wise to evaluate your priorities ("must haves") within your price-point and then decide on the best unit for you. Other options to consider: 1. Sonos PLAYBAR: Sounds great, but the sub is an additional $700.00 totaling ~$1,300. 2. Klipsch RSB-11: Very good sound, but it was too bulky for my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing, wish I could return it

    Posted
    hearcomestreble
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    If I would have known all the quirks with this instead of hoping I would get used to it, I would have returned it within the return policy. I've been using this for 6 months and it's not reliable. The setup is really annoying, you have to download 2 separate apps to get everything to work and get ready to have to install a few updates once you have donwloaded the apps takes an hour. The system has no bluetooth compatibility so you have to setup the app and link each user to the hardware. This also eliminates the possibility of having guests easily connect to the hardware to play their own music from their own services. There is an optional wired option for the subwoofer but it creates odd feedback sounds when the hardware is left on but there is no sound source. What also has been really frustrating is if I use the app to play music but then want to stop and watch TV, have to power cycle the hardware a few times for it to understand that it should be playing sound from the TV. Another really frustrating repeated experience is when I want to do some chores and play music with the hardware, when go through the App it notifies me there is a mandatory hardware update and it needs to download and update the hardware, I can't delay this update and it's prevents me from using the hardware when I want to use it, 20-30 minutes it takes to complete these changes. The app should notify me when there is a required update so I can find a convenient time to install the updates to the hardware but it should also let me delay the process. The remote moderately awful, due to shape and how they have designed the buttons you can't tell if you have grabbed it backwards or forwards and since there is no illumination to the buttons, this makes it unnecessarily difficult to control. If the butons would be displayed in a way where you can feel the button pattern to tell what is the top and bottom it would be better, also optional illumination would be great. It's also so small and thin it's hard to get the remote signal to hit the right spot to control the hardware. Overall really unhappy with this item, it has pretty good sound when it works. Oh that reminds me sometimes the bass gets too loud but it doesn't remember that you had previously turned the bass down on the subwoofer, so if there is a show/movie/music you like to watch/listen and it is always a little too much bass, have fun turning the bass down every time you want to watch/listen to it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, wish it was more flexible

    Posted
    Jeremy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I paired the Definitive Micro with two W7 speakers. When all are working together, they sound phenomenal. I can hear little things that you just can't hear with basic tv sound or lesser soundbar sound. The remote is very simple and easy to use and adapts to the sound via optical wire. If you buy this without additional speakers, this is a very nice soundbar and you will be happy with it, although I would recommend paying the extra $100 for the larger version. Pairing it with the two W7 speakers is a challenge and takes a decent amount of time to set up. That would be fine if that was all you had to do. I bought the system to (a) have soundbar & surround sound and (b) listen to music together and multi-room. Problem is that if you switch from surround to speaker pairs, you must go to your Play-Fi app and delete the pairing from one then start the pairing for the other...they don't simply just play whatever after they are paired in surround and/or speaker groups. Also, this system is having conflict with Apple, so if you are an Apple Music subscriber like myself, about half your music library is not compatible with this system. I called tech support in regards to both of these issues and there was no work around. I will say though, that their tech support was fantastic. Just wish I didn't have to call them five different times! So, overall, great sound, but difficult to easily utilize all of its features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound and Performance

    Posted
    TEW99
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I listened to this in the store and the sound performance was unbelievable for such a small speaker. .In my family room it's even better. I used this to potentially replace my 5.1 Martin Logan Motion speaker setup and Denon AV receiver. Within about 30 seconds of listening to the system, I was sold on it. It's performance was so good that I was moving out my old system to another room right away. It's surround sound capabilities are better and more immersive than my current system. The more you push it the better it performs. It has so much headroom, I'll never be able to get there without waking up everyone in my house and my close neighbors as well. Unbelievable sound clarity and a center channel that is perfect for dialogue and captures other sound details that you don't normally hear. it's so good that that I thought about exchanging it for it's larger big brother. Yes, the remote could be better (needing backlit) since I need to lower the bass late at night so I don't wake the entire house. Also, an HDMI port could come in handy but not an issue. Otherwise, it's perfect higher end audio for movies at an affordable price. Although not needed, I even decided to add a couple of rear wireless W7's to make it even better. Haven't done much on the music side, but the remote will give you the ability to adjust as needed. Best thing I've purchased in a long time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Def Tech Micro - Answer to TV's with no ARC

    Posted
    Rays
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My wife and I originally picked the Samsung K950 from the VA Beach store. However, we had to return it a day after due to multiple issues we faced(I will highlight this in my K950 review). We met with Eric at the Magnolia store and he ran us through multiple options again. Originally I had shortlisted the Wstudio, but the micro was never on my shopping list. We own a 50 inch Samsung Plasma tv with no ARC capability. Due to this shortcoming, our choices were very limited, and we were blown by the demo Eric showcased us. He plugged a regular Aux cable on his phone and played us the Joker interrogation scene from TDKR. We immediately knew this was what we needed. We watch movies(Movies from India, Hollywood and Internationally acclaimed movies) and Sports(NFL/soccer) a lot, so the dialogues are very important for us. We have still not cranked up the volume beyond 3 bars and still love the depth and the sound that this tiny beast produces. We are very satisfied so far. Many reviews will showcase that the lack of bluetooth as a shortcoming, however, with the Def tech app you can still play all your music from your ipad/iphone/android devices(we own all 3). I would have given a full 5 star rating but for another minor glitch with their remote(for the time being i have configured it on my logitech harmony). We are going to contact Def tech customer service to see how they can help us. All in all, a great buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sounds good but not convenient

    Posted
    GWDCMD
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To be fair, I want mention this upfront that my husband and I purchased this based on an employee recommendation, without doing our own research. This soundbar sounds very nice, but the lack of convenience has made us hate it, thus the 3-star rating. To turn it on, we have to hit the "On" button twice. It DOES NOT work with our TV remote (Xfinity XR11) and we've tried all the codes. So now we have to use two remotes and hope we don't lose the Definitive remote because it's solid black and very small. The remote is terrible; it's super hard to read. Half the time we have it upside down and the volume goes the other way! To connect the sound system, you have to download their PlayFi app. If you're an apple user like us, forget it. iTunes does not work with it. I have yet to get it to connect to other apps. If you need directions to do so, you have to download them from the website -- forget trying to call them. I wish we could return it, because we would, but we no longer have the box and I wish we would have done our own research first because we would not have purchased this soundbar.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice, discreet

    Posted
    Reading

    Bought this after spending way too long reading reviews. it replaced a klipsh thx 2.1 computer speaker system that was very very old with tons of wires but produced a sound we were accustomed to. Purchased a polk SB1 about 8 months previous but despite being from the same stable it sounded awful in our house and went back. listened to the w studio and really liked it but could not justify price and was worried about lifespan. in the store the studio micro sounded very quiet which was off putting but once it was installed in a home it was fine. definitely sounds best with least tweeks, center and bass at defaults and music setting for music. system sits one the end of a long room about 20 ft by 40 ft and is used for tv or streaming music in combination with w amp and pair of sb55 at the other end of the room. all works very nicely together. woofer needed a bit of moving about and now sits a few inches from the wall next to the tv. generally watch tv pretty quiet and its crystal clear with good thump when needed. Although i am not convinced i do feel sound has improved of the past couple of weeks of use. really love this system and very glad took the leap to play-fi, even in single room having mutliple sources set up with just a simple wifi connection is awesome - no way i would ever get round to doing it wired.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Incredible Sound!

    Posted
    VinnieH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I did a lot of research on sound bars and was looking at JBL and Sonos besdies Definitive Technology. I'm a musician, so I know sound. I had not heard of Definitive Technology, but all the reviews were good. I was skeptical that a sound bar of this small profile could put out significant volume. Was I wrong! I went to Best Buy and this blew me away! Don't let the small profile fool you. Between the sound bar and subwoofer, you will be amazed. Deep bass from the woofer and crystal clear from the sound bar. Easy to set up. Only negatives are no Bluetooth connectivity and no Alexa control. I went back and bought two of the Definitive Technology W7 speakers to complete the surround sound; these hook up wirelessly so you can place them anywhere.. My wife has yelled at me more than a few times that it is too loud, so this passes the test. Love the aesthetics; the small profile and design are perfect. A bit pricey, but you do get what you pay for. Worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend






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