Originally Posted by jd_alpha
Hi All - huge thread, so please excuse me if any of this is a repeat. I'm considering doing a Mythos 5.1 system:
fronts: Mythos ST SuperTowers
center: Mythos Ten
rear surrounds: Mythos Gem XL
With the following:
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-57
TV: Sharp Elite Pro
Blu-ray layer: Oppo 95
room size: about 18 ft L x 12 ft W x 10 ft H
The fronts will be placed really close to the wall where the TV is mounted as well as close to the side walls. I'm guessing this placement rules out bipolars like the DefTech BP 8080STs?
What do you think - are the speakers a good match for the AVR and set-up? Would I miss a standalone subwoofer? Anything from DefTech that would do better then the GEM XLs for the surrounds (they're going to be jammed in the back corners of the room)? Any other suggestions?
Yes the 8080's are out if they have to live tight to the front wall, even the ST's are not going to sound their best in this placement. Why not check out the STS and move them out just a bit as they are slightly smaller then the ST? They I would suggest all 9's center and surrounds. This is the best overall balanced sounding system for the STS. Same goes with the STs, I suggest all 10's center and surrounds if you have the room in this tight corner thing.
Actually I suggest going in ceiling if space is so tight. Then you can place the surrounds in their proper placement and In ceiling from Def Tech are amazing as you give up nothing in doing so. Better placement is better then not so good placement but having the exact matching surrounds.
If you go ST then I suggest these in ceilings - UIW RCS II's. They ROCK dude and if you place them correctly , you will be amazed how damn good they are. You can do a full in ceiling theater with them as I have many many times and be totally amazed with their performance even if you like 2 channel music listening. I suggest a Supercube reference or I with them. I also suggest using 2 subs like 2 Supercube 1's in the front of the room. With the SC57 you will be blown away. You can also use another pair of them for surround back and totally murder it.
DI8R's are also a good choice and sound amazing. Dynamic as hell and clear as a whistle. Truly amazing speakers for surrounds or anything you want to use them for. I have Installed so many pairs of them and never once felt they underperformed. Most In ceiling speakers are designed for back ground music for multi room systems but then there are the ones that perform , these are one of those.
Also if you have to have your speakers in the front so tight why not go with 3 Mythos 10's on wall? Then add a Supercube I or 2 of them and have a better sounding system then floor standing done wrong? Even 3 9''s will sound better then the STS done wrong. Thing about these options as better placement always outperforms crappy placement with floor standing speakers. Actually I think on wall sounds better for movies then floor standing. I love me a full Mythos 10 theater with all 9 channels Mythos 10's and a few Supercubes in the room. You have a super dynamic crazy badass theater package that will scare most people out of their seats when a dynamic pass hits.
Think before you but bro.