|Definitive Technology Mythos ST Super Towers/Mythos Ten Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Tuesday, 01 January 2008|
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Nothing is perfect, not even the new Definitive Technology Mythos STs or the Mythos Ten speakers. Still, I have only minor potential trouble spots to point out. First, the Mythos ST towers each have a built-in powered subwoofer, so they require access to a power outlet. Fortunately for me, an outlet exists everywhere I needed to put a speaker, but it could cause placement issues. Second, the binding posts are recessed into a groove down the back that can make it hard, or even impossible, to use certain speaker wires. Finally, depending on your receiver or AV preamp and how it handles the subwoofer output when not connected to an independent sub, you may want to run line level outputs to the towers to better control the LFE channel.
The new Definitive Technology Mythos ST and Mythos Ten system makes for one of the best speaker systems I’ve heard, regardless of price. Factor in the cost of the system, and you likely have the best value in speakers ever. The built-in subwoofers can fill large rooms with deep and voluminous bass, negating the need for a separate subwoofer and saving precious space. The matching Mythos Ten L/C/R speaker uses the identical drivers and mates perfectly with the ST towers. Most speakers have a range of volume where they sound best, but I never felt that way about the Mythos STs. Whether I was listening to music quietly or at extreme volumes, the sound was full with exceptional bass extension, smooth mids, clear highs and unbelievable dynamic range. Their high efficiency made them easy to drive and the powered subs produced bass that was felt as well as heard.
Prior to receiving these speakers, I was prepared to sell my Mercedes CLK 55 AMG to buy the new $50,000 Revel Ultima2 surround system for my reference system. These Definitive Technology speakers have changed my mind. I am keeping both the car and the Definitive speakers. With all due respect to the high-end power players, I would put these speakers up against anything out there, at any price, and truly believe you’d find they offer 95 percent or more of the performance of any ultra-high-end speakers at a fraction of the cost. I am absolutely floored that Definitive Technology has managed to get this level of quality sound from such a small and inexpensive speaker. For a man who likes expensive toys, I don’t often get the chance to save a few bucks and still get what I want. These new Definitive Technology Mythos speakers are worth every penny and more.