Last night, I was so tired that when I went to hit the "Preview" button, I pressed "Submit".
Anywhoooo, I wasn't done finishing with what I had to say.
The Min 21 satellite speakers are set up on stands approximately 13 inches from the front wall toed into my listening position. I'm sure that the sound quality that I am hearing will only improve over the next several hours of playing. Luckily, I already have time put on my subs, considering that I've been using them for a couple of years now. These speakers will play lower than my previous Min 20. I can get some output below 50 Hz on test tracks when speakers are set to "Large" (subs turned off) within bass management. Later today, I'm going to try lowering the crossover to 80 and 100 Hz, just to see what I get. Albeit, at a lower listening level. Also, I'll try listening at a lower level with speakers set to "Large" and no subs. This should be fun!
Am I happy with my choice in the purchase of the Min 21? Yes! I should have purchased them a long time ago instead of waiting (live and learn) because I cannot believe what I've been missing all this time when I could have had better sound all around with this excellent performing speaker. Frankly, I do not know how Cambridge Audio will be able to top this model with this size driver in a version 3. Then again, I was skeptical from the beginning with version 2 and thought there couldn't be much of an improvement over the previous models. Well, I cannot say much regarding the Min 11 because I haven't heard it. My theory is that it sounds very good in the all important key areas. Adding the second driver (woofer) in the Min 21 allows it to have more midbass extension. My question then would be, why bother with the smaller Min 11 if the Min 21 sounds this good? My decision is that I'll eventually replace my other previous models with all Min 21 but if I go with more speakers than my already 5.2 system, I just may add a pair of Min 11 as back surround, height or wide speakers when the opportunity arises. And by the time I think about that, there may be a version 3 in my future. I probably won't miss getting them because the Min 21 sounds that good. Not that I couldn't use a version 3.
I was never totally happy with the previous models for various reasons and was always searching for something better. I have a lot more listening to do but for now, I am quite satisfied with my Min 21 purchase. This speaker does so many things very well that I just cannot find with any other sub/sat system I've listened to.
So far, I like having two Min 20 as center channel duty. I forgot how much I missed this configuration when I ran two before. I'm not sure if I would gain anything by replacing them with a Min 21. But how about two?
It just seems to sound better with a bigger speaker as the center. Especially, when watching movies. In my case, 4 BMR drivers instead of two. I ended up with a Min 20 sitting in a box in storage and contemplating selling it because what do I use one speaker? [rhetorical] Or, maybe I'll just sell off all my Min 10 and Min 20 models, get the newer models and be done with it.