Speaking of Def Tech, I did have a listen to the Def Tech ProMon600 which was configured in a 5.1 system and in another hi-fi shop on the same day. The ProMon600 satellites were sitting on stands, the ProCenter1000 below the LCD TV and ProSub600 in a corner of the dedicated cinema room. Have to say that the ProMon600 system sounded really nice - very impressed. The ProMon600 system had a much deeper sound stage, the music was fuller, richer with details and coupled with tight base. Wanted to hear the larger ProMon1000 set and see if its better, but the hi-fi shop didn't have it available.
Thinking back on the Min20 demo it was apparent that the set-up wasn't good. The Min20 were sitting in a general open area, with distractions all around - so couldn't do a critical listen. The Min20 were mounted on a wooden frame and driven by Cambridge Audio CD player with built in small amp - forgot which model. I wish they had put a bit more thought in presenting the Min20, both visually and sonically. Even when turning up the volume to the loudest level, the small power output of the CD player and amount of space those little speakers and the x200 sub had to fill was much larger than what they were designed for. Sound quality suffered as a result. The music was muddy and the base was tiny. I'm sure if the Min20 was set in a proper room it would have been better and could have done some critical listening.
So between the ProMon600 and the Min20, it wasn't an apple to apple comparison - totally different environments. This is because the ProMon600 was set-up right, within a dedicated room, with proper room treatments and powered by a good multi-channel amp. The Min20 wasn't.
The ProMon600 are bigger and can go to a lower frequency of 65Hz, while the Min20 is rated down to 130Hz. Size wise, both would fit well into the apartment, the floor area is 10'x15'. The lower frequency of the Def Tech means it would be easier to match with a good musical sub.
I'm just having a re-think about the Min20 after the listening experience and see what other options are there. The small sat + sub concept is the only thing that going work inside a small apartment and get a good WAF. I'm mainly listen to music and watch movies/TV shows in a 60/40 split.
Will see if there's another hi-fi shop that has the Min20 properly set-up and some critical listening can be done.
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