Definitive Technology has designed two new sound bars -- the Studio Advance ($1,299) and Studio Slim ($899) -- that can support Google's Chromecast built-in standard, opening up access to apps and the Google Assistant.
The sound bars are designed to exist alongside the existing W Studio and the W Studio Micro. The main difference between the two is the wireless multi-room system each supports -- the newer version supports Google's Chromecast built-in while the older 'W' Studio range has DTS Play-Fi.
The flagship Studio Advance offers three HDMI in/one out with compatibility for. It offers 5.1 channels with dedicated left, center, right and surround channels driven by nine discrete transducers and amplifiers. It's accompanied by an eight-inch downward-firing subwoofer.
Meanwhile, the cheaper Studio Slim has a low-slung, 1.75-inch tall design with HDMI ARC. It has a 3.1 design without the rears of the Advance and also has an 8-inch subwoofer.
The advantage of Google Assistant., as offered by the new models, is that there are dozens of compatible streaming apps including , Pandora and YouTube plus the ability to be controlled with the voice-enabled
The W Studio is one of the best-sounding sound bars at any cost. It'll still be available, but it's currently on sale for half price. Given its lineage I expect big things from the Studio Advance as well.
Availability and international pricing has yet to be announced, but expect prices to be around £1,299 or AU$2,000 for the Studio Advance and £899 or $1,499 for the Studio Slim.