Definitive Technology Mythos SoloXL User manual

Definitive Technology Mythos SoloXL User manual
Mythos Solo XL
“All-In-One” Front Stage Loudspeaker
Owner's Manual
You are about to have a unique audio experience: the Mythos Solo XL “All-In-One”
Front Stage Loudspeaker. Never before has style and function combined on this
level to deliver the ultimate sound quality in the coolest looking speaker you could
ever match to your flat screen television. This state-of-the-art loudspeaker features:
High Definition Drivers and Pure Aluminum Dome Tweeters on
unique canted baffles in completely separate enclosure segments,
for more realistic imaging and superb front stage performance
from a single, thin wall-mounted speaker.
The groundbreaking Mythos look: hand-polished, aircraft grade
aluminum enclosure: non-resonant and internally braced for
lifelike sound quality.
Heavy duty, easy to install Wall Mounting Brackets.
Magnetic Shielding for safe placement near video monitors and TVs.
Voice matched with the complete Mythos Series. Use Mythos Solo XL
as the main front stage speaker in a system built with any other Mythos
speakers used as rear surround elements (or use it with any brand of
loudspeakers for that matter!).
Combine Mythos Loudspeakers with Definitive TechnologySuperCube
Subwoofers to build super high performance Mythos sound systems
for music or movies.
To ensure that you only experience the finest performance possible from your new speakers,
we encourage you to take a moment (or a few) to read through this manual and familiarize
yourself with the recommended hookup methods for these Mythos Loudspeakers.
Unpacking Your Mythos Loudspeakers
Each loudspeaker leaves our plant in perfect condition. Any visible or concealed damage is most likely to occur in handling and should be reported at
once to your Definitive Technology Dealer or to the delivery company that
delivered your loudspeakers. Save all cartons and packing material when you
have unpacked your loudspeakers. They will do the best job of protecting your
speakers if they need to be shipped or transported. Record the serial numbers
found on the rear panels of your speakers in the appropriate place on your
Warranty Cards and mail your Warranty Cards within 10 days of purchase.
Installation, Setup and Placement Tips
• Your speakers will work well with a variety of electronic components.
As little as 20 watts (RMS) per channel will deliver adequate listening
levels in most rooms. If you plan to play your system at loud listening
levels, you’ll be better served by more power.
• Damage to loudspeakers can occur when an amplifier, regardless of its
wattage, is made to play at higher listening levels than its power can
cleanly produce (usually beyond the “1 to 2 o’clock” position on the
volume control). This can result in distortion, originating in the
amplifier. If you hear distortion, turn it down!
• Break-in is very important with any high-end loudspeaker, including
Definitive Technology speakers. While they sound great right out of
the box, the sound quality of the speaker will change noticeably after the
speaker has been played for a length of time (about 20 hours). There’s no
special procedure, just play ‘em. Loud dynamic music with lots of highs
and lots of bass will work its magic faster.
Installation, Setup and Placement Tips
• Mythos Loudspeakers are engineered to excel when used with
Definitive Technology SuperCube Subwoofers. SuperCubes deliver
radical bass in compact stylish enclosures. Using a SuperCube will
give you complete signal control and will result in greater dynamic
range in stereo and home theater applications. See your authorized
Definitive Technology Dealer to hear a SuperCube for yourself.
• Before performing any wire hookups, be sure to turn your electronics OFF.
Channel Balance & Bass Management
• Multichannel (Dolby Digital & DTS) receivers and processors have a
critical Channel Balancing Procedure for each speaker and the
subwoofer (connected via LFE or “Sub Out” low-level). This balancing
procedure must be followed in order to ensure proper performance from
your speakers. See your receiver/processor user’s manual for this information.
• Multichannel (Dolby Digital & DTS) receivers and processors also have
Bass Management Procedures that help direct the correct frequencies to
the correct speakers. Bass Management can vary from unit to unit.
This frequency-setting procedure must be followed in order to ensure
proper performance from your system. See your receiver/processor user’s
manual for this information.
Speaker Wire Connections
When making Speaker Wire connections, use high quality, large gauge
speaker wire to ensure the best performance. Note that one of the input
terminals on the rear of your loudspeakers is red (+) and the other is black (-).
To ensure correct polarity, make certain that you connect wire from the red (+)
terminal of your receiver to the red (+) terminal of your loudspeakers, and the
wire from the black (-) terminal of your receiver to the black (-) terminal of
your loudspeakers. Most speaker wire has indicator markings on one
conductor to help you maintain consistency. If your sound seems “thin,”
check your connections for correct polarity.
The Mythos Solo XL features three sets of speaker terminals, one per channel
(left, center, right). Connect each to the appropriate output from your receiver.
Preinstallation Notes
• We recommend that wall mounting of speakers be performed by
professional installers or by those appropriately skilled in the use of power
tools and the knowledge of building codes and structural issues.
• We recommend that you determine a suitable location for your speaker
installation, and that you complete all wiring (especially “hidden” in-wall
wiring) before mounting brackets to your walls.
• Mythos Brackets are not suitable for ceiling mounting.
Wall Mounting Speakers Using The Mythos Bracket
The Mythos Solo XL Loudspeaker comes with dual custom designed wall
mounting brackets and a wall template that makes secure mounting a breeze.
The rear panel of the speaker features threaded inserts for the adjustable
Mounting Screws (included). These Mounting Screws then fit easily into the
Keyhole Slots on the Wall Mounting Brackets, also included. Follow these
directions for installing the Wall Mounting Brackets.
• Use the Mounting Template (included) to make sure the location you have
selected for wall-mounting does not conceal electrical wiring or plumbing.
Make sure the speaker clears the ceiling, adjacent walls, corners, beams,
lighting fixtures and door/window frames. Leave at least 1-1/2" above the
speaker location to allow the speaker to slide down onto its brackets.
• Mark the location of pilot holes noted on the Mounting Template, and predrill for mounting screws (not included). Use screws rated to hold securely in
the wall material (we recommend #10 screws).
• If there is no stud behind the chosen location, be certain to use wall anchors
(not included) to secure the bracket screws. Follow the wall anchor
manufacturer’s directions.
• For masonry walls, use a masonry drill bit to pre-drill holes, and use #10
masonry anchors and screws (not included).
• When the Wall Mounting Brackets are securely screwed to the wall and you
have pulled the three runs of wire (Left, Center and Right) through the
Brackets as shown, insert the Mounting Screws into the rear panel of the
speaker by removing the plastic plugs on the Mounting Screw Holes.
• Line up the speaker’s protruding Mounting Screws with the keyhole slots on
the Wall Mounting Brackets, and let the speaker slide straight down,
allowing the screw heads to slip behind the smaller end of the keyhole slots
for a secure mount.
Don’t panic! If you experience difficulties with your speakers, try the
suggestions below. If you still have problems, contact your Authorized
Definitive Technology Dealer for assistance.
• Make certain that all system connections and power cords are
undamaged, and solidly and snugly in their places.
• Check that no foreign objects or liquid has entered the speaker enclosure.
• If you hear nothing and you’re sure the system is set up properly, you
must contact your Authorized Definitive Technology Dealer for assistance.
• You can also call Definitive Technology for assistance: 410-363-7148,
visit, or email [email protected]
Service Contact Info
Service and warranty work on your Definitive loudspeakers will normally
be performed by the Definitive Technology dealer from whom you have
purchased your loudspeakers. If, however, you wish to return the speaker
to us, please contact us first, describing the problem and requesting
authorization as well as the location of the nearest factory service center.
Please note that the address given in this booklet is the address of our
offices only. Under no circumstances should loudspeakers be shipped
to our offices or returned without contacting us first and obtaining
return authorization.
Definitive Technology Offices
11433 Cronridge Drive
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Phone: 410-363-7148
Mythos Loudspeakers Specifications
Mythos Solo XL
5.4" H x 4.25" D x 46.22" W
Three 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeters
Six 4.5" Bass/Midrange Drivers
Two 4.5" Bass Radiators
Frequency Response:
50 Hz – 30 kHz
91 db
Nominal Impedance:
4 – 8 ohms
Recommended Amplification: 20 – 250 Watts/channel
Driver Complement:
Limited Warranty:
5-Years for Drivers and Cabinets,
3-Years for Electronic Components
Definitive Technology warrants to the original retail purchaser only that this Definitive
Technology Loudspeaker Product (the “Product”) will be free from defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of five (5) years covering the drivers and cabinets, and three (3) years
for the electronic components from the date of the original purchase from a Definitive
Technology Authorized Dealer. However, this warranty will automatically terminate prior to
the expiration of five (5) years for the drivers and cabinets and three (3) years for the electronic
components if the original retail purchaser sells or otherwise transfers the Product to any other
party. The original retail purchaser shall hereinafter be referred to as “you.” Defective Products
must be shipped, together with proof of date of purchase, prepaid insured to the Authorized
Dealer from whom you purchased the Product, or to the nearest factory service center.
Product(s) must be shipped in the original shipping container or its equivalent; in any case the
risk of loss or damage in transit is to be borne by you. If, upon examination at the Factory or a
Definitive Technology Authorized Dealer, it is determined that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during this Warranty period, Definitive Technology or the
Definitive Technology Authorized Dealer will, at its option, repair or replace this Product at no
additional charge, except as set forth below. All replaced parts and Product(s) become the property of Definitive Technology. Product(s) replaced or repaired under this Warranty will be
returned to you, within a reasonable time, freight collect.
This Warranty does not include service or parts to repair damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, inadequate packing or shipping procedures, commercial use, voltage in
excess of the rated maximum of the unit, cosmetic appearance of cabinetry not directly attributable to defects in materials or workmanship, or service, or repair or modification of the
Product which has not been authorized by Definitive Technology. Definitive Technology makes
no Warranty with respect to its Products purchased from dealers or outlets other than
Definitive Technology Authorized Dealers. This Warranty is in lieu of all other expressed
Warranties. If this Product is defective in material or workmanship as warranted above, your
sole remedy shall be repair or replacement as provided above. In no event will Definitive
Technology be liable to you for any incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use
or inability to use the Product, even if Definitive Technology or a Definitive Technology
Authorized Dealer has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any
other party. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so
the above limitation may not apply to you.
All implied warranties on the Product are limited to the duration of this expressed
Warranty. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied Warranty lasts, so the
above limitations may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
also may have other rights which vary from state to state.
This product complies with the essential requirements of
EMC directives 89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC (inclusive of
93/68/EEC) and carries the CE mark accordingly.
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