Soundmatters Starves its Latest Virtual Surround Sound SpeakerLouis Ramirez1/03/07 3:25pmFiled to: Home EntertainmentDtsDolbySLIMstageSoundbarSoundmattersSoundmatters SLIMstageVirtual Surround Sound3EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here. Just like HP said no to its plus-size DLPs this morning, Soundmatters too is cracking down on its overly plump speakers. Their latest model, the ultra-thin SLIMstage, is just 3.4 inches thin (skinnier than some flat panels) yet it's still capable of belting out "convincing" stereo and 5.1 signals. The 210-watt soundbar has a built-in amp along with nine bass drivers and Dolby/DTS surround processing. Input-wise you get three digital audio ins (two optical, one coaxial) and three analog stereo inputs. Sounds nice on paper, but how will this sub $1k soundbar do in person? Considering Soundmatters' previous models have faired well, my hopes are high for the SLIMstage. We'll have to check it out in person at CES.