Originally Posted by Falconsfan71
I’d like to hear them but I’m going with floor speakers/towers next. If they don’t come out with some new floor speakers without the “sock” I’ll be buying a different brand (may be doing that anyway). I don’t like the sock design and I don’t subs in my towers. I want at least two to three 6” or bigger drivers.. no 5.25” driver that actually measures around 4.5”.
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As an owner of BP8060 towers and several cats that enjoy rubbing the edges of the speakers (front de-clawed thankfully), I understand your dislike of the sock
Have you auditioned the Mythos STL towers? - no sock, made of aluminum I think, and very attractive. I don't have a Magnolia Design Center near me so I have never heard them, but I have only seen rave reviews for them (Sound and Vision and Soundstage Access are the ones I remember reading).
Yes, they have built in powered subs, but I have always been confused by the objections to them. Research from Dr. Toole and others demonstrates that multiple subwoofers allows for more even bass with fewer peaks/nulls, and a surround system of say 4 Mythos STL's (or Golden Ear Triton Ones, or BP 9080's) would spread significant bass over a listening area compared to a single external sub.
When people say the best place to position the sub is often not the best place to position the speakers, that may be true, but so what? Simply add as many additional external subs as you want, positioning them to get the best bass response for the room - and as noted above, you get the advantage of better bass smoothing with the towers AND the external sub. Also, because of the powered built-in subs, towers like the STL or BP9080X can be driven by a good AVR, without the need for additional amplification, unlike other completely passive large towers. Finally, for those with WAF, cost, or space/placement issues that prevent adding an external sub, the built in subs provide a heck of a lot of base - my 8060's make my house shake when playing the restaurant earthquake scene in San Andreas for example. Anyway, just my two cents.