Originally Posted by AudioArchitect
The GS20 is not just another woofer. You are gaining a dedicated midrange driver or in other words a true 3-way design. Some companies oddly make better bookshelfs than they do tower speakers. But, the Monitor Audio GS20 is far better than the GS10. Its really not even a competition.
Ask member "mpmct" . He had this same exact dilemna. Or maybe he will chime in.
I really liked the GS10s. I held off buying stands,
used some old things I already owned.
The GS10 stands were the only ones I wanted,
after doing some looking around.
MSRP was either $400 or $600, can't remember. Duh.
I was also interested in keeping speaker cable as short as possible
( significant benefits to short speaker cable ). So, by the time I did
the math on cable costs to reach the 24" up to the 10s, and the
cost of the stands, I started thinking about GS20s.
My rough math was, all things considered:
the 20s are only about 1/3 more than the 10s.
So I bought the 20s.
I still like the 10s very much, but the 20s are better as AA described.
The mid-range is ... not sure what adjectives to use -- smoother,
more full, but not boomy-full. And the bass is slightly more defined
too, as one would expect. Not louder, just deeper and clearer/tighter.
And the 20s displace no more space than the 10s, on stands,
so the space issue is a wash.
Try listening to either/both the 10s or 20s after having moved them
as far as possible from back and side walls. I have mine
now about 2.5 ft from rear wall, and 10 ft from either side wall.