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Shanman

Audioholic Intern
I have no reference having never owned any Def Tech stuff, I'm sure the newer models got progressively better. The Mythos 4 has no "sub" driver within the tower, I think those are different models. These are nice and slim so they don't eat up a ton of room.
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slipperybidness

slipperybidness

Audioholic Spartan
I have no reference having never owned any Def Tech stuff, I'm sure the newer models got progressively better. The Mythos 4 has no "sub" driver within the tower, I think those are different models. These are nice and slim so they don't eat up a ton of room.
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It's the Mythos "ST" line that has the built in subs and amps. ST = Super Tower
 
BMXTRIX

BMXTRIX

Audioholic Spartan
Ahh nice , are they better then modern def tech towers ? Why do they have so many amplifier failures ? Do they towers subs compare to stand alone subs??
DefTech has made a ton of different speakers over the years, both with internal subwoofers and amplifiers and those without. The BP30 speakers, from a dozen plus years ago, was considered an excellent speaker without any internal subwoofer. Great for movies. About that same time, the Mythos speakers hit the market.

So, while DefTech does make a bunch of speakers with integrated subwoofers (and amps),I would NEVER buy one or recommend one with that extra stuff. Subwoofer placement in a room is a big deal, and a amp going bad and taking out your whole speaker is BS. In the few years I did residential work, I saw a lot of DefTech speakers with amplifiers that failed. The general end game was that people would just abandon the internal subwoofer in favor of an external subwoofer. This made their big DefTech speaker overpriced and larger than needed for no added value.

That doesn't mean avoid DefTech at all. I just avoid their integrated sub/amp speakers.
I had a DefTech subwoofer and sure as heck, the amplifier failed on it.
I would think that over the years that the quality has improved on these products from them, but I was completely turned off on their amplifier quality all those years ago and am not sure my mind will be changed anytime soon.

I think their smaller Mythos speakers offer a very good quality build for the money, even if they are not going to be bass heavy. Their look is nearly unmatched.

I will say that it's amazing how similar those are to the Paradigm Millenium speakers that I have...
 
CB22

CB22

Full Audioholic
Hello Everyone,

First post here for me, happy to be here. I've been snooping here the last few months before deciding to register today after seeing the huge amount of resources and help this place is.

A few months back, I was randomly browsing a thrift store for an aquarium for my daughter and stumbled upon an Arcam AVR350 sitting on a shelf for $70. Growing up in a household of a working musician father surrounded by many high end brands of professional gear (and being a student of jazz studies for 20 years of my life),I instantly recognized the brand and realize that this was no ordinary big box store junk. I hopped on it, brought it home, and I now have a $70 beast that puts out a solid 120w RMS for my stereo listening room I was starting to set up. I purchased a pair of Elac Debut 2.0 bookshelf speakers about a week later as I started to feel the bite of the hifi bug. They rated well, and I very much like the sound of them.

Fast forward about a week later and I'm cruising through the same thrift shop, hifi fever starting to consume me. Over in the corner I see a very nice set of tower speakers, a matching subwoofer about the size of the old Velodyne stuff, and a matching center channel. My heart drops when I realize the Snell badge on all these items. I made an offer for the lot far under what they were asking. Out came the plastic, and out I walked with a speaker set I could have NEVER afforded or ever dreamed of owning. Stoked to say the least, and nearly my whole system is from a thrift shop! The only thing I have purchased elsewhere is my Project turntable, the Elac Debut 2.0's, and a beautiful old Adcom pre-amp. Here's some picks of the haul- disregard the Elac floorstanders, they got sold a week after I lucked up on the Snell set.

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That’s awesome, you made out like a bandit!
 
Kingnoob

Kingnoob

Full Audioholic
Congratulations
Hope you enjoy them

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KenM10759

KenM10759

Audioholic Samurai
Internet Direct. Companies like Hsu and SVS. They stay competitive by cutting out the middle man (brick n mortar stores).
SVS is not strictly internet-direct. They have seen the value in having brick & mortar dealers representing them. Best Buy is one, but they really don't count as a 'knowledgeable dealer' or 'trusted advisor'. My local dealer sells SVS, and it's a good mover for them. Same prices as on SVS' website. I cannot reveal if I get any additional discount but I do get the full SVS buyer protection deal.
 
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