Myryad A170 Bookshelf Speakers

Myryad A170 Bookshelf Speakers 


  • Frequency response (±3 dB): 64Hz-22Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6Ohms
  • Minimum Impedance: 4Ohms
  • Sensitivity (2.83 v @ 1 m): 88 dB


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[Apr 04, 2013]
Trevor O'Reilly
Audio Enthusiast

I have not seen any review for these anywhere, so given I have a pair and it would have helped me before purchasing, I thought I would write a quick summary.

I use these as front speakers for a 5.1 setup - I replaced the front satellites of an Audica System 2 with them. Given the same parent company own Myryad and Audica, I think they compliment each other very well. I have bi-wired them and the amp I have is a Denon AVR-2113.

Initially, I was not blown away by these, but it really does take time for them to settle in. After over a month of listening, they really do sound amazing. I listen to all types of music - from folk and ambient to harsh electronic and heavy guitar music. Sound is crystal clear, though I would say that they are better for the "less heavy" music. Not to say they sound bad for metal and more distorted music, but they really shine when you listen to something like old Neil Young on vinyl!

A comment on the bass:
For bookshelf speakers, you would not really expect a huge amount of bass - particularly if the room is big. My living room is big enough and has high ceilings, so when I tested these without a sub, they were a little lacking in bass. With the addition of a sub (from the Audica System 2) with a crossover frequency of 80-100Hz, everything is just about perfect sounding in the room. So I guess I would advise a sub if you have a relatively large room. As I said, this is to be expected, so it is not a criticism at all - more of a suggestion if you are going for small speakers in a large room.

I have mostly seen these advertised for around €400 (sometimes a LOT more). I would suggest you could probably get bigger speakers for that money which may negate the necessity for a sub in a large room. Without a sub and at this price, I would definitely stretch my budget a bit to get a set of Dali Zenzor 5's or something like that. I was intending on getting Dali Zenzor 1's seeing as I was getting a sub, but was offered the A170's for pretty much the same price (€200) - far too tempting an offer to refuse! They are most definitely worth what I paid for them. I would go as far to say that if you could get a pair anywhere in the region of €250-300, you would not be disappointed.

My value rating is really based on what I paid for them. I would still give 5 stars for anything up to €275. My overall rating where money does not matter - a definite 5 stars. Probably the best sounding bookshelf speakers I have heard that do not cost ridiculous money.

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