Originally Posted by JohnyBGood
Forgive my ignorance, but isn't the 60 like the 20, but w/ extra bass? Or are you saying you prefer the 20 w/ a subwoofer? Thanks.
If I recall correctly, the S60s have a 5.5" mid-woofer and 2 - 5.5" bass drivers, the S20 has a single 6.5-7" mid-woofer. The 20s powered by an Anthem IA amp and Rotel CDP, to me had more clarity and better resolution in the highs and mids, with a more extended treble, the bass was deep enough to be satisfying for most music. The S60s powered by a McIntosh Integrated Amp and same Rotel CDP, sounded to me like they were hollow as if the mid-range was recessed and trapped by the cabinet, the highs weren't as extened, the bass was better then the S20s, however not as much as I had expected, but didnt hit as hard as the Monitor 11s which were right next to them, however the S60s were more detailed then the M11s, but only a little. The dealer let me move the speakers around as much as I wanted to so that they sounded best to me, however I couldnt get the mid-range to ever sound completely open and clear. The 20s sounded better, but still not as clear as my Excites, so that is how I figure the 20s were better sounding then the 60s. I think part of it could have been the gear, the setup, perhaps both; or it could have been the speakers. Who knows. However I could never get the S60s to sound great, and that ultimately brought me to the speakers I have now.
At the same audition I got to hear the B&W 804S with NAD gear, and 802D with McIntosh gear. Neither were in my price range, but it was nice to hear. The 804S was to me the best sounding and best value of the items I heard. The 802Ds were good but unimpressive for the amount of money that setup costs, rather disappointing IMO. The Dynaudio C1s and Octave V40SE for 1/3 the money was 3 times better I felt. I liked the 804s more then the 802Ds, maybe its McIntosh's sound I dont like.
The best setup I have heard is the TAD CR1s with Audio Research gear and a qsonix media server.