Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR

We know that a soundbar and a subwoofer don’t officially add up to 5.1 surround sound, but the reason this pair of devices is so expensive is because it comes so damn close. The soundbar uses a witch’s brew of crosstalk-cancellation algorithms to trick your ears into either hearing or ignoring the audio from each of the nine embedded speakers, based on which channel it’s emulating. Never mind how it works though—if you’re sitting at the appropriate distance, and using the highest-quality audio (such as from a Blu-ray disc), the effect is stunning. Another great feature—the soundbar can act as a mini-receiver, accepting a handful of connections from sources, and then hooking to the TV with a single HDMI cable. [$1600; definitivetech.com]