Originally Posted by Redman77
Hoping I could get some help making this decision. I'm planning a 6.1 setup in a small room (approx 12x14ft). I want to use Gem xls for the surround speakers but I can't decide on the front speakers (my center speaker choice will be determined by my front speaker choice). Basically, for the same price I could choose two mythos one speakers plus a Supercube 2 - or two STS towers. I was originally leaning towards the STS's but then noticed in the manual from definitve their recommendation to place these speakers at least 3 ft from side and back walls. There isn't a similar recommendation in the mythos one owners manual. Because of the small size of my room and the placement of the door, placing the front speakers three feet from the front and side walls just isnt an option. I could probably place them 1.5 ft from front wall and 2 feet from side wall max. Any insight into this would be appreciated. What setup should sound best placed this close to the walls?
As others have said, a separate subwoofer has more placement flexibility than built-in ones such as on the STS. The optimal location for a sub is rarely the same as for the main speakers.
Of course, all the fine theoretical discussions here to the contrary, many of us don't have many real options for speaker placement, so we place them where they fit and live with the sonic results. From what you said, you may be one of those (us
), in which case it becomes a matter of try it and see.
I have a couple of nice SVS subwoofers, so originally I was going to get a pair of Ones. Along the way, I fell in love with the STS's and decided to abandon the budget and go for them even though I didn't "need" their additional bass.
My room defies description, except to say it is an audiophile's nightmare. However, one thing it has in common with yours is that the speakers must be closer to the rear wall than recommended, about 16" on the right and a weird 3" partially open to an adjoining 30" deep window level alcove on the left. (I'm sure that description is unfathomable; suffice to say it fits no standard arrangement.) My STS's are at least 3 feet from the side walls, although there is a heavy aquarium next to one.
My conclusion is that while like most speakers they would benefit from placement away from room boundaries, in practice the STS's are unusually forgiving about placement. The adjustable woofer levels certainly help offset low frequency room gain (or lack thereof). In my asymmetrical, highly reflective room, they far exceeded my expectations. The imagining is spectacular (of course, the Ones would be similar), frequency response smooth and balanced, and as I mentioned a few posts up, their bass is clean and tight with no peaks or nulls.
I've used this room for decades with countless speakers. The STS's are the first that have truly pleased me there. Before them, I enjoyed HT in the room, but never used it for serious music listening. Now, at last, I can really enjoy my SACDs in all their multichannel glory as well as regular stereo CDs. I don't retire to my separate "music system" much any more.
I don't doubt you would enjoy either of the options you are considering, but I wouldn't let the placement recommendations be the sole determining factor in deciding against the STS. Most DefTech dealers will let you return them if they don't work in your room, so of course the best way to find out how well they'd work for you would be to try them at home.