Definitive Technology is one of those brands that seemingly offers a little something for everyone regardless of budget or musical tastes. Their Mythos lineup of speakers have been hugely successful and have proven to be true state of the art audiophile contenders for those on a beer and pizza budget. While their Mythos ST and STS floorstanding loudspeakers may be getting the lion's share of attention, their non-powered Mythos speakers, especially the on-wall offerings like the Mythos Two reviewed here are hardly what I'd call slouches.
The Mythos Two is an on-wall speaker designed to flank today's modern HDTVs, though they come with a glass tabletop base for non on-wall applications. The Mythos Twos retails for $549.00 each and come in a very fine gloss black finish. The Mythos Two measures in at just under six inches wide by four and a quarter inches deep and 25 and a quarter inches tall and tips the scale at a respectable 15 pounds. Behind the standard black grill cloth rests a single one-inch pure aluminum dome tweeter along with two four and a half inch bass/midrange drivers complimented by a pair of four and a half inch bass radiators. The Mythos Twos have a reported frequency response of 45Hz - 30kHz and are easy to drive with their 91dB sensitivity rating into a benign eight-Ohm load. Definitive recommends powering the Mythos Twos with anything from 10 to 200 watts of power, which makes them ideal speakers for a receiver based home theater system.
Around back of the Mythos Two's extruded aluminum chassis you'll find mounting holes for the included flush mount wall bracket as well as a pair of five-way binding posts that can accept bare wire as well as banana adapters. I suppose the Mythos Two's binding posts can handle spade lug adapters; however due to the relatively tight space between the two binding posts I would recommend going with bare or banana terminated wire.
In terms of sound the Mythos Twos sound far bigger and richer then their size or asking price would have you believe. From the lower midrange on up I'm not sure you'll find a better, more coherent and dynamic speaker of the on-wall variety anywhere at or near the Mythos Two's asking price. The Mythos Two's aluminum dome tweeter is quite refined and airy and doesn't become aggressive or harsh when driven hard, which is more than I can say for a lot of metal dome tweeters out there. The midrange is pure magic, as the Mythos Two seems aptly suited for both music and movies. Vocals and dialog tracks simply shine through the Mythos Two. While the Mythos Twos are essentially a two way speaker, remember they use passive bass radiators and the depths they are able to achieve sonically are remarkable, though for true full range sound and bass impact you'll want to round out their performance with a sub or two. The best thing about the Mythos Twos is that you can have true synergy across all five channels by utilizing them as both your front and rears and center channel, though Definitive does make a Mythos on-wall center that does mate perfectly with the Mythos Twos. With a full compliment of Mythos Twos in your home theater system the surround sound performance is top notch and rivals speaker systems costing three to five times as much all the while being compact and elegant, which is, again, more than I can say for the competition.
Read about the high points and the low points of the Mythos Two on Page 2.
• Visually the Mythos Twos complement a wide variety of today's modern HDTVs and are the perfect size and shape for even larger, 50 plus inch displays.
• Sonically, the Mythos Twos sound more like small floor standing speakers, when positioned properly, than on-wall speakers. They have a full bodied, rich and textured sound that is almost full range in a very elegant, compact chassis.
• When using five Mythos Two speakers in a surround sound configuration you'll be treated to a seamless 360 degree wall of sound that rivals costlier systems and replicates a movie theater-like experience that has to be heard to be believed.
• The aluminum dome tweeter in the Mythos Two is capable of astonishing levels of air and extension without coming off as brittle, metallic or harsh.
• Be it music or movies, the Mythos Two's midrange is warm, inviting, agile and clear as a bell.
• For those of you with medium to larger sized rooms you'll want to make sure to mate a subwoofer or two to the Mythos Twos for true full range sound, which isn't a bad thing but does add to the cost of ownership.
• The Mythos Two's binding posts, while robust, are a bit cramped and can't really accept larger gauges of wire. Use bare or banana terminated cables for best results.
• The included wall mount is a nice touch and shows that Definitive does go the extra mile for its customers. However, unless you're using "flat" speaker cable you're going to want to run your speaker cables through the walls for a more professional looking installation. If you rent or are unwilling to cut holes in your drywall you may want to keep the Mythos Twos on their included tempered glass bases.
For just under $550 each the Mythos Twos are an absolute bargain and a performance juggernaut. I can think of few speakers that can do what the Mythos Twos can in terms of overall performance, especially considering their on-wall pedigree. If I were building a high performance, receiver- or separates-based home theater on a budget, the Mythos Two on-wall speakers would be on my short list of "must audition" loudspeakers.