Originally Posted by galvs
I don't agree.
I have both XQ20s and R300s, and side by side R300s have more puch, much better bass and presence.
IMHO, for my taste, R300 is a step over XQ20.
Just my opinion, of course.
Your post here kind of furthers my point a bit. I agree with part of the assesement you made. More "punch", and "presense" I agree with in a sense, but better bass?, or specifically more acurate and more detailed? No way, its not even close. Those XQ20's are ruler flat down to near 60-70hz before they slope off in a nice linear fashion.
If your going with a pair of monitors and have no sub,and are trying to attain "full range sound" out of a small monitor then I can see going with the R300's..........they are basically a direct step down design of the 201/2's in terms of driver array and cabinet type/volume tuning........but if you have a good solid sub or 2, then without question the XQ20 is a much better TRUE monitor. Its a true point source driver, the tolerances from driver to driver are tighter as measured with RTA data in room, and its frequency response is much smoother. The XQ20's have alot of natural advantages over the R300's. A. Single Point source driver which allows for better imaging, vs. 2 front drivers. B. Less xover components in line on a 2 way passive system, vs. the 3 way on the R300, allowing for less signal alteration C. A much easier to tune front port system that thankfully doesnt hurt sound quality whether near a back wall, on a shelf, or out in the open. Rear ports like on the R300, give the dreaded 2 peak/ 1 valley bass response(More punch and prsense as you state)but at the expense of detail and accuracy, and the 2nd lower peak under 80hz just muffles the upper midrange excessively unless you keep them far enough away from a rear wall or corner. Without question fill the rear port with the included port plug to reduce this......but then you might lose the "punch and presense" you desire. Its a design tradeoff they made. But again, if your not running a sub and want as close to full range sound as possible, I can understand in a sense going with R300's, and of course if they sound better to you and its what your after, then thats all that matters. But if you have a good sub or pair of subs, Id without question stick with those XQ20's, or would have gone with the R100's in place of em. Just MO of course.
I'm actually surprised you didnt think of doing something like a pair of R100's and with the money saved over the R300's, pick up a matching sub or 2. Would have been a system that you would have liked alot better to your taste, especially since you want bass punch and presense.......you would have had that, and then some with alot more clarity and detail on the lower octaves as well as those R300's still have zero bass in the lowest octave, and from 40-80hz its muddy and uneven still.