Originally Posted by pearsall001
What are your thoughts on this subject. In my current setup I have dual Velo SPL-1200R subs. If I go with the powered Mythos would that be too much base & a waste of money? Or would the Mythos One's combined with the dual Velos give me the same performancs as the powered Mythos? I'd hate spending the extra $$$ on the powered models if it's really not necessary. My listening preference is roughly 60% HT & 40% two channel. So far I've only listened to the One's at BB on the open floor. I was impressed.
Is there such a thing as having too much bass & how hard is it to get everything to blend in properly (meaning ST/STS models & Velo subs)? Thanks.
As mvp2005fan suggested, the room has a lot to do with it, but since I carefully considered Ones vs STS's a few months ago myself, I'll pass on a few generalized thoughts.
For starters, the powered Mythos (ST and STS) have a newer driver design than the non-powered Ones. The difference isn't night and day by any means, but they are a bit smoother and more refined, which you might appreciate with music.
The integrated subs on the ST/STS's blend beautifully with their midranges and tweeters, again an advantage with music, especially if you prefer to listen in two channel mode.
That said, the Ones combined with your Velodynes would be excellent. On HT, with the Ones crossed over to the Velos at 80Hz, you would probably gain very little with an ST/STS. The latter would have a subtle advantage, but maybe not enough to seem worth the extra cost. Their advantage would grow with music, but whether it is enough to justify their extra cost is an individual decision. It was to me, but that doesn't mean it would be to you.
As for too much bass, that won't happen if you calibrate your subs. I run my STS's full range in addition to my two SVS subs, and I don't ever have too much bass (except in a couple of poorly engineered recordings, but they have boomy bass even with the subs turned off
One advantage of the STS's running full range is that I was able to calibrate them flat for music, and run my subs a little hot for movies, giving me the best of both situations. There isn't much conflict as bass is usually
directed to the LFE channel in movies and (obviously) to the L/R channels in stereo CDs. While some sound engineers do mix bass into both the front channels and LFE, the total amount of bass is no different than if it were all directed to the subwoofer by the AVR's bass management system.