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Definitive Technology - W Studio Soundbar with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Wi-Fi Music Streaming - Black

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Definitive Technology W Studio 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.
$1,299.98
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Overview

What's Included


  • 4 magnetic risers, 2 wall-mounting spacers
  • IR adapters (input and output)
  • Owner's manual
  • Power cord, power supply, subwoofer power cord
  • Remote with batteries
  • W Studio Soundbar with 8" Wireless Subwoofer and Wi-Fi Music Streaming
  • Wall mount template

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (282 out of 329)

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 powerful 5.1 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 to your smartphone, tablet or PC via Wi-Fi.

Additional ports

HDMI input. Optical digital input. HDMI output.


Customer rating

4.4
86%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware, Lacking Software

    Posted
    TheJBJ
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have to say that the sound from this setup is amazing for what it is. I replaced a receiver/ 3.1 speaker setup with this bar to save even more space in my small room. Even though this system is less powerful, smaller in size, and the speakers are closer together - it actually sounds better. The Good: My main reason for have a sound system is because I have trouble understanding what people are saying over regular TV speakers. Must be all those years at loud dance clubs without hearing protection. This system does a fantastic job of separating the channels of audio so I can understand conversations even with a lot of background sound effects and action. This system is about the best I've ever seen and simulating a 5.1 speaker setup as well. The subwoofer is absolutely shocking. It's so small but somehow fills my room much better than the Klipche 12" wired sub it's replacing. The setup of the sub was a non-event. I plugged it in and the speaker found it without me having to do anything at all. There is a sub sync option in the setup screen, but it was not needed. This is the first wireless sub I've ever owned and I can't imagine I'd ever go back. The sound quality far exceeded my expectation even after I heard the system in the store. The remote learning feature is a great touch, but doesn't work by default. You have to start by selecting the option "Clear all" before teaching it your remote. After 5-10 attempts I figured this out and the system learned my standard Verzion Fios remote volume and power buttons. The sound processing modes (there's only two) for movie and music do a really good job, but can seem over processed when there is just dialog going on. For action movies it sounds amazing in Movie Mode with the effect turned down about 20%. I watched the new Star Wars BluRay to test things out and was blown away. It was really amazing. The Bad: The software interface of this speaker is probably the worst I've ever seen. I had a receiver in the late 90's by Sony that had much better on-screen options and a GUI that actually worked great. The interface here is not only ugly, it provides for virtually no customization. There are only a few options here and only one of them have anything to do with sound quality. That option lets turn up or down the amount of processing the system does in Movie or Music Mode. The only other control you have over the sound setup comes from the remote where you can increase or decrease the CENTER channel and BASS. There is no other sound mixing that can be done. I find that the system really misses out on some of the mid-highs, but there's no way to adjust that. There is also no built-in source switching that would allow the system to automatically switch back to the HDMI port with my cable box once my BluRay player is not turned on. I just find that annoying. You turn on the system the following day after watching a movie and there's nothing on the screen and no explanation that it's on a source that's not present. The UGLY: The speaker is supposedly able to stream music. This process is done by either selecting the WIFI sync option in the useless menu system, or by pressing the dedicated button on top of the speaker. While you're able to connect this speaker to WIFI much like you do a Google Chromecast using their dedicated app on your phone, the system is otherwise useless. When you open the App the system syncs and then turns off the video feed to your TV. So it's not possible to have video in the background if you're listening to music. Luckily that's not a problem because the system is not compatible with the vast majority of music. **APPLE MUSIC: I like many many many people use Apple Music as my primary outlet. I have the songs downloaded and stored on my phone so that I can hear them when not online. The speaker system is able to find my library of music in their application but then tells me that the format is not supported. What's crazy is the first time you set it up and go to play a song it will play 1 song. Then all the songs are labeled as not supported. That's outrageous. The fact that a $1300 speaker being released in 2016 is unable to stream music from Apple Music is just unacceptable. This could easily be fixed with a software update but there is not currently one available. The PLAY-FI standard works with Pandora, but then occasionally cuts out for no reason and then requires you to turn off the speaker and turn it back on to sync things back up. Their support page claims this is a router issue, but I have the worlds best $300 router sitting 5 feet from the speaker. Definitive Technology could easily make this a world-class system by updating their software, but their refusal to do so is the reason I can not recommend the W Studio speaker system to anyone else. If they add more control to the sound output and enable Apple Music compatibility I would be willing to update my review. Otherwise, I would suggest looking at their competitors that are not using the streaming standard PLAY-FI. It's not at all ready for primetime.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sounds good, but had to use an optical cable

    Posted
    narcisa
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The DT W Studio is a nice looking soundbar that sounds really good. As others have said, it doesn't replace a dedicated 5.1 or 7.1 system. I was pleasantly surprised by the output of the subwoofer. However, at this price I would expect it to have HDMI ARC and HDMI 2 instead of 1.4. The on screen display is lacking and the remote is less than stellar. Even though this is part of the DT wireless collection, W7 speakers cannot be added to create 5.1 surround sound. DT recommends running all devices into the soundbar and then out to the tv. Originally, I set it up that way. In doing so, I wasn't able to get sound from the Smart features of my Samsung UN65JS8500 tv. When I would use a Smart feature like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus the tv would switch to that video content; however, the soundbar continued to play the audio of the TWC cable channel I was last viewing. I never could get it to play the audio of the content I switched to. So, I changed the setup and ran all devices into the mini OCB. In order to get audio from the soundbar I had to use an optical cable instead of HDMI. This is unfortunate because now I won't get Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio sound, which are only passed via HDMI not optical. However, now when I switch to Smart content the audio matches. Also, the on screen display doesn't appear now that I'm running all my devices into the mini OCB. Luckily, I set everything up when I initially ran all devices into the soundbar. I haven't tried using an a/v receiver, even though I have a Marantz, to see if the same results occur with the tv's Smart features. I suspect it will be the same and I'll have to continue running all devices into the tv. At least my receiver has HDMI ARC and 2.0 though. I'm still undecided on whether I'll keep this soundbar, switch back to a traditional audio setup, or look for another soundbar that offers better specs. Based on sound alone the soundbar is great. That's basically where it ends though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Product does not justify its price point

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

    Firstly sound bar sounds great and subwoofer gives you enough rumble to shake the walls of the room you put it in. Undoubtedly this product will please your ears and fool your brain into real-like but simulated 5.1 surround sound experience. But it really lacks in several other things such as connection interfaces, extensibility and seamless integration with T.V. Below are the things that I think would prod you to pursue other options: 1. No 4K passthrough - This means you have to connect all your devices to T.V. and connect sound bar T.V. with optical fiber cable. This leads to several other problems such as you can not view your soundbar menu on t.v. screen and you have to just assume that click of the remote button works :) 2. Def tech app sucks - App sucks so much that it takes away the pleasure that you experience while listening to this well-crafted sound piece. You can only use app when you are streaming content through app otherwise you have to use remote. App does not seamlessly integrate with several US music apps and not at all with music apps of other countries. 3. No Bluetooth - App does not integrate with several of the music apps and soundbar does not have BT. If you use anything other than Spotify, Pandora and few other apps then you can not stream content to soundbar. Spotify free subscription does not allow you to stream to soundbar as playfi technology that soundbar uses (as a BT replacement) is only accessible under Spotify premium. 4. No Airplay - PlayFi technology that soundbar uses has Airplay specification built in but DT did not choose to implement it and this takes away the freedom of streaming music wirelessly from Apple devices. IMO DT has never made any upgrade to this product post its launch around 5 years ago and hence it does not provide new features and hence IMO it won't be future proof either. 5. Limited extensibility - you can extend soundbar with small def tech speakers that sync up wirelessly with your soundbar but , but ,but all 5 speakers work only when you stream content from its sucky app. You won't be able to watch your movies with real 5.1 experience. IMO there are 2 reasons for this: 1. Soundbar already simulates 5.1 experience for you, which is actually magical and very precise but IMO it can not beat real 5.1 speaker system. 2. App groups speakers as PlayFi device groups and can control what each group plays whereas soundbar does not have any such capability when it comes to its digital optical input signal processing. 6. Does not turn on/off automatically - Its not intelligent enough to turn on and off with your T.V. by sensing signal on its optical cable. All these compromises at the price point of $1200 is too much to stand with.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best I've Heard

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

    The is probably as good as you can get as far as soundbars, and that is reflected in the price, which is substantially higher than other soundbars. The noticeable differences from what I've had in the past include more distinguishable voices, and louder voice as compared to background noise, overall clearer sound, much louder while clear, and deep bass. This soundbar also allows you to use a DT app on your smartphone to play music through. It operates through WiFi and not Blutooth, as many other music players do on soundbars. So, you have to be on the same WiFi network as the soundbar when playing through your smartphone. Some people would rather have BT. Not me, the WiFi is much more responsive, there is no lag, and as long as your WiFi is up and running, you will have quality streaming music the entire time. I have had problems with BT on soundbars as soon as I'm further than 10-15 ft from the soundbar. WiFi will work as long as you're on the same network. This app works well with music you have purchased on your iPhone, which isn't a problem at all. Some platforms out there don't allow you to play purchased Apple music - such as Chromecast - which I have in my basement. Chromecast is more set up for Pandora-style internet music player apps. The Definitive Tech app is set up for both internet music AND music on your phone which you have purchased. Although, in order to use (one of the internet music player apps) you have to be a subscribed and paying member, and not just a basic, free member of the app - although I can't remember which one, either Pandora or Spotify? Whereas, you can be a basic member of the service and still play through Chromecast. The difference is that DT is an application, in which all the music is played through. Chromecast is a way to send music to a location through the app that you're using. If that makes any sense...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ying and Yang

    Posted
    Wozzer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    There is no doubt that the outputs great sound for it's size. I spent a while looking at the Sonos to see what the hype was about and finally settled on the Definitive as the sound quality blew the Sonos away. The build quality is fantastic too. So why only 2 stars you may ask? 1. I have no issue with it not having Bluetooth. That limits me to a radius around the soundbar and the quality Bluetooth output is awful. 2. I have no issue with it not having ARC. Yes that means you will not get the highest quality streams out there but then a soundbar is not going to be able to deliver the sound quality that is required so what's the point in receiving a True-HD or MA stream. 3. Yes the volume control is a pain and you cannot get to low volumes, but that I can live with. My real issue is that the W Studio cannot be used in a 5.1 format. DT say that it has 5.1 built in ("Room filling 5.1 Channel Surround Sound") and you need to use a Studio Micro if you wish to add surround speakers for true 5.1 sound. Please tell me how they can honestly think that building 5 channels into the sound bar can cover rear surrounds! So I have to downgrade to the smaller Micro to get true 5.1? Surely it is should be the other way around. The Best Buy sales guy who was very knowledgable in general, also thought that the Studio could be used in a true 5.1 setup as I thought after I reading this website, so I therefore have to question Definitives marketing and sales techniques as well as the training of the people who sell their product. I love the sound and at the new discounted price of $899, I am going to keep it until I build out a true 5.1 system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sound Bar... For what it is...

    Posted
    Rockville240
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Having a full 5.1.2 Atmos/DTS:X projection set up in the basement, I replaced a 5 year old sound bar in the living room with this (it was half price on sale). I had been looking at Def Tech for years, and pulled the trigger. This sounder is by far the best SOUND BAR set up i've heard for movies/TV in the ~$600 price range. Surround, while not comparable to a dedicated 5.1 system, is totally room filling, and the bass produced is very impressive. I compared this to the Sonos PlayBar and Bose Soundtouch 300 which sound subjectively as good to worse (Bars only), and would be double the cost with the additional subwoofer (that comes standard with the W. Now, if you added the optional rears speakers for the Sonos and Bose, It will blow this thing away, but at almost $2K. The W Studio has dedicated power channels... and they WORK. I went up close to the bad while watching 5.1 on netflix, and just the center driver cluster was on during dialog, and then the sides kick on when it started raining. I've never seen a sound bar behave like this before... It really is just like a real L/R/Center system... And that is just streaming. DTS-HD from a 4K bluray is darn near mind blowing for a sound bar. And it is beautifully crafter from a aluminum chassis... Stunning, and my wife even let me display the understated subwoofer instead of hiding it. And of note, I and only hooked up through my Samsung's UN8000 Optical cable. No HDMI's... All in all, for the sale price it currently is, NOTHING CAN TOUCH THIS THING. GET IT BEFORE THE SALE IS OVER!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    more like two and a half

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

    I am a Def Tech Fan and really wanted this to work. I'll start with the good. The sounds are phenomenal, clear, concise, nice bass, the quality of sound is so wonderful, but it ends there. First off, I can't get it to connect to my TV through HDMI, so I cannot get to the setup screen. I just bought a Samsung 55"UHD Curved, 8 series TV. I hooked up the HDMI, the 1 connect detected the connection, but could not hook up to the source. I then tried to set it up manually, but all of the choices are preset to Sony, Magnavox, Yamaha, etc., so there was no way to manually set it to Def Tech. I just plugged it in using the digital optical, but that does not allow me to see the screen setup. I predominantly use it for watching movies on TV, and I have to have it turned up nearly all the way in order to hear the characters speak when they are talking in low tones. If I was using it for my upstairs I would consider keeping it, but it is replacing a 5.1 system in the basement, but I had a house fire and was not wanting to have to replace speakers everywhere, just wanted great sound downstairs. Unfortunately, this isn't going to work and I am taking it back. My $200 sound bar for my TV upstairs is louder and more user friendly. The $200 sound bar allows me to see the mode right on the bar itself, so you know what mode it's in, and it has blue tooth, whereas this bar does not. The sound output is really disappointing, especially at this price point. I would recommend to a friend depending on the needs of the individual, if they wanted good sound, but not much volume, absolutely, and when I mean not much volume, I mean, not much volume, not from the TV anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Movies sound great, music not so much

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

    I ended up returning this soundbar. There were just too many negatives for the price you pay. Movies sound great on this soundbar. Crank it up and you'll get great sound. For a 5.1 channel soundbar I wasn't really able to make out the independent channels though. I did have an issue with the lowest volume on the soundbar being too loud. I have a newborn and was hoping to enjoy the soundbar at its lowest volume at night. It wasn't in the cards since the lowest volume was pretty loud. The other issue I had with movies was the sub cutting in and out. I did have the wireless sub near my wireless router which I've heard can cause interference. Listening to music was another issue. It just wasn't a very full sound. The highs were good and the bass was solid from the sub, but there is no mid-range even with the 3" drivers. It just sounded tinny. No HDMI ARC was another issue but not a deal-breaker. Movies sounded great with the optical cable and you can program the remote. The lack of bluetooth was also not a problem. Bluetooth has a limited range and you can't walk around the house without the bluetooth signal cutting out. The PlayFi app worked great and allowed me to move around the house and not worry about being out of range. If you're looking for an upgrade to your TV speakers and like to crank it up for TV and Movies then this can be a great purchase for you. If you have a large room and want to use it for music as well then you should look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend





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