What's up everyone?
I have read every single review on the ST and STS. I will go to say I agree with every single one of them with a few of my own points.
1st off I am a Audio Video Installer and I work for a Definitive Technology Dealer. I have Installed both of them in different rooms with different gear etc etc etc. I gotta admit I didn't like Def Tech until I started installing them. I never listened to the Mythos line before just the BP series and there "theater in a box" system. I felt that Def Tech did a really nice job at theater but I didn't care for music reproduction.
The First experience I had with the Mythos was the ST in our theater room. I sat down and listened to a movie then a song. I was impressed and thought "these are the best sounding Def Tech's I ever heard . But the placement in our theater room is more suited for movies then music. I had to move the speakers and toe them correctly to a front row chair to get a good image and soundstage. Then the magic happened. WOW these are impressive.
Out in the field I did a job with all hard wood floors. The guy got Denon gear and the STS ,9 center and BPVX rears. Ok I was not a fan of using those rears but for the room , it was the right choice. No external sub. The room was about 18 feet wide and about 20 feet deep. 9 foot ceilings. There was some plush furniture and a area rug to help with the acoustics of the room. After I tuned the room and setup the system, I didn't expect much as I felt the room as going to make the system sound bright and echo like. Not the case , in fact It actually turned out very enjoyable and the subs just shook the damn house. I didn't think a 5 x 10 woofer could lay down such serious bass. WOW. But I didn't get to spend a lot of time listening as I had other things to do.
The job that really blown me away was ........ actually there was 2 but this one is the one that got me to sell my system and go after the Mythos line. A basement open floor plan room lifestyle space with a 106 screen and projector, Mythos STS and 9 center with UIW RCS III in ceiling speakers. Again not my first choice for rears ( I like direct radiating I'm more a music guy) but once again excellent choice for the room and for the customers needs. On a side note, Def Tech got to get on few things , Mythos external sub and Mythos in wall in ceiling speakers. Ok I'm done. So The receiver was a SC-05 and a Elite 05 blu ray player. HD cable and thats it. Ipod in the front for music. Nice. Ok Tuned the room and system but this time we had a very plush rug and a very acurate speaker placement. Basically was perfect for the sitting area(something that doesn't happen all the time in retro fits). Guys and girls my jaw hit the floor. My other guy was hanging the projector and asked where did I put the external sub? I said "dude thats all the STS" . he said "dude no effin way do they hit like that and that clear". I said " dude there is no other sub in the system, we didn't bring one out and they don't have one. Ok so now both of us are just in amazement on the sound we where getting out of the STS."MY GOD" I said about 20 times. I can't believe what I'm hearing. I didn't want to finish the job , I just wanted to sit there and play for the rest of the day. I wanted to order Dinner for all of us , clock out and stay there for the evening.
I also had my Ipod with me which I record in Apple Lossless. I put in some Al Di Meola and his guitar was ringing in the room. I was shocking on the realism I was getting. Another side note the Pioneer ELite ICE amps are amazingly Dynamic with Mythos speakers. It will actually scare you at times the Dynamic range. You think you just Installed some serious separates with crazy head room amps.
So to sum up my story I owned Rotel Separates and Dynaudio speakers. I dreamed of owning this package for years when I worked for a dealer who sold this level and behond gear. I fell in love back then and then purchased my dream system. I sold my dream system and now I purchased a full Mythos package consisting of the Mythos ST fronts , 10 center and I went with the 10' for rears as I'm a multichannel SACD and DVD AUDIO owner. I enjoy high quality music reproduction as well as a good movie. I always felt there is really no way to get the best of both worlds with my budget. I always felt I could build a killer 2 channel / Multichannel music system and give up some for theater. My last system was 100% for music but only 70% of the theater experience. It didn't lack in detail , it lacked in Dynamic range even with my Killer Rotel RMB1095 which was a monster of an amp. The speakers where an average of 86db at 4 ohms. So dynamic range was difficult to achieve at low levels, high levels where fine.
So I'm excited to get the Mythos series in my home and get down to business. My wife thinks I have a problem , maybe I do, I have owned a total of 5 completely different theater systems since the early 90's. In the last 9 years I have gone through 4 of them.
When people talk about how good the Mythos series is , they are speaking the truth. Properly setup , properly mated with the gear and the room, you will have one of the very best double duty systems out there. I have heard just about everything made in the last 35 years and dollar to dollar you will have a hard time putting together a system that can double duty as well as the Mythos do. You can however build a system better at one or the other(music or theater) but not to do both. If you can I want to hear it.
So how about some pic's of your Mythos system? I will post some of mine once I get it all set up and tuned.