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This review is from: MartinLogan MLT-2 5.1 CH Premium Home Theater Speaker System Black System
Pros: Solid build quality, Great Center for size, surrounds deliver. sleek design. No damage on delivery. One styro protection was cracked but did what it was designed to do, save the equipment. A double thick wall would have been better but at 169 I'm lucky it had any packing. :-) Sub performing fine and no worries as for this price a fix under warranty is well worth it.
Cons: Have none. You can not, absolutely can not do better for the $$. ML build went into this just as there other high end speakers which I have on another system. Anyone complaining really are expecting a Porche at Ford pricing.
Other Thoughts: I never intended this to be a home system, it was always for the bedroom. Why not live in luxury at peanut pricing. The center is way beyond what I expected and next to my other centers is totally dwarfed in only size. Crisp, clear, and detailed. Definately the stand out in this system. The surrounds deliver the goods with the sub picking up the lower end. If you had to tweak it then go ahead and get the motion 2's or 4's for the fronts. I don't need to as this is for my bedroom and if you are doing that you might as well build a system for your living area with all larger speakers. I set it up in my family room first and just switched out wires to hear it. Now this is a 20' celinging 16' x 14' room and it performed well for it's size. It won't deliver a large system theater experience but does do a good job at it with some volume pushed through it and the ML's can take some. They are power hungry to start with like all their speakers so a weak cheap receiver will struggle with them. Don't get me wrong as I am use to large sound, furniture & walls vibrating and this does give you plenty of sound and a smaller area will only help. I just believe in the laws of physics and it isn't going to match a larger system but for lifestyle and not spending Anthony Gallo prices on small sattellite speakers, they are superb. I was surprise on the subs performance as it added that low end you knew wasn't going to be there. In the bedroom it is plenty for me.
I have hooked it up to a Marantz slim line and it is a nice marraige in the bedroom. The Marantz is only 50w per channel but a true 50 unlike many other brands and it sounds excellent. More than my wife can take :-)
There is not a soundbar that will touch this combination that I have even seen out on the market including ML's own. Soundbar convenience vs. Sound Quality is that battle.
Bottom line: A great buy for me and I am more than happy.
This review is from: Definitive Technology Mythos Four Floorstanding Tower Speaker Single
Pros: Wife will accept them if real speakers are a problem.
Cons: No real bass, has to be part of a HT or with a sub. Overpriced.
Other Thoughts: I bought these on sale and got a great price. At this price point I would recommend a wait and see or buy better. This is not a technical review but just a plain old sandwich one for the common man as I’m sure you can find tech reviews all over the place on it. Only an opinion on having them.
Now I bought them for two reasons. (1.) I have heard the BP700SC and they are superior quality full range speakers deserved of one of the best all time speakers. Why they can't match this technology into the rest I am not sure. The sock though has to go. If you fall for the sock makes the sound then…ok….He has a new company bloating the sock and another overpriced speaker line. (2.) Price, at what I paid for them they could always serve as rear speakers in a surround system. They are a great rear speaker in any HT system and I’ll keep them for that alone.
I want to love Def Tech and just keep getting disappointed. For a mid to high priced speaker you just can get better than the Mythos Four, I’m sorry. At original MSRP I wouldn't touch it with a 30 foot pole. Without a subwoofer this speaker lacks the price tag it wants now reduced so if you are looking for a 2.0 system, look elsewhere. Sandy Gross has moved on to start a new sock covered speaker company (Golden Ear) which is another overpriced speaker. He was in his realm with Polk as it can be had cheap for the pocket that can't afford more. Nothing wrong for that as you can get decent Polks cheap and they serve the purpose for some people. No the sock is not the secret answer to great sound and also being ugly in my humble opinion and a dust magnet, you should get a lifetime supply of socks to recover them. Nothing against him as he is phenomenally successful and does nice work. I just don’t hear the sock miracle.
Exibit A: Now I picked up ML Motion 12's for under $500 also and that is the price range these deserve. The ML 12's while only claiming 38Hz will go lower than these which claim a 35Hz level and deliver a fuller sound while softer on the upper end. Measured multiple times and varied rooms after my ears alone told me so. The MLs will take all the power these give you also. Now the Motion 12’s us an open baffle on top for the midrange which intrigued me as I have a pair of Legacy Areis which do the same on a whole different sound plane all together. Now having speaker cover over this make sense and it is only over the part that is open. This is just a one quick comparison right here on brand mentality. Big sound doesn’t come from a small box, even Bose has walked back their claims and now promote “for the size”. I’m not selling ML’s 12’s, just a comparison for this.
While the D'Appolito Driver Arrays are fantastic it is not a $800 a speaker much less a $400 a speaker. The highs are great, it's clear but hitting high 30s Hz leaves a lot out also in such a limited space. You need the power built in to drive smaller speaker boxes as why they have moved to the super towers. Again, wayyyy overpric
This review is from: MartinLogan Motion 12 Home Theater Front/Surround Speaker Each
Pros: Build Quality, Full Sound field, Sexy Looks
Cons: A little Tipsy... Can be rectified easily though.
Wish bottom grill was Metal also like the top.
Other Thoughts: Bought these for a sister, turns out she wanted something sleeker like the Def Techs. I have 4 systems and this is now hooked up to a restored Sansui G receiver along with a Klipsch Reference digital 12" sub I got on a steal here for under 3 bills. The ML 12's can take all that is dished out to them nicely. The sub works superb with them and the walls can shake no problem if you want them too. Only the snobbiest would not be infinitely impressed for the bang for the buck here. I have had friends over that can't believe the sound for this price. After hearing it a few times now coming over, sister wants them, lol, go get your own now. Picked them up for under 5 bills for the pair. Not a better speaker anywhere out there for that price.
The open baffle is fantastic. I am purchasing Legacy Aeris which employs the same open baffle for the midrange, and while the ML is not in the Aeris ballpark in the least, the concept works extremely well. While I like my high end very crisp and clear, these gave me a different sound but extremely pleasing and non fatiguing. Softer and fuller sound filling a room easily. They work very well as a 2.1 system. I had them hooked up to my HT system and they performed flawlessly there also. I would have liked to see the tweeter a tad larger as the midrange is good size for this speaker but the folded tweet is still superb by any standards out there. Having the Legacy's to compare it to leaves me with that impression so it is getting picky if that leaves you any impression how well these perform. I have the ML Mantis on another system and their headphones for the wife, I was not disappointed in the least with the quality of their build. While some say they are tippy and yes my daughter of 4 knocked one over while dancing between them. It didn't phase the speaker in the least but it was on carpet. I made my own remedy to cure any challenge now. Some Rubber gasket coated on the bottom tiles cut to 2" squares hold the spikes perfectly and since it is a smaller footprint it is as stable as it is going to get. My sister thought they were large but they are not really in the least, especially for the sound you get back. Why the top grills are metal and the bottoms aren't I do not know but for the price these cost I could have them made. Really no big deal, I'm just use to MLs metal grills and super magnets.
Now I adjusted tone controls on the receiver to see if I could get it crisper out of the high end and you can, so play with them regarding the music you are listening too if need be..