Originally Posted by samsurd2
If the specs are "pretty much the same" then get the one with the features you prefer.
I had a chance to test them side by side. Monitor 70 series II & monitor 30 Serries II vs Monitor 60 & monitor 40. The difference is more than just subtle. To my ear, monitor 60 and monitor 40's were superior to Series II setup. Clean, unpainted sound. Series II appeared to have more depth because I used PSW505 with them vs Monitor 10 for the monitor 60 and 40. To be completely sure, I called my daughter to let her hear the difference. Same song, same volume. The receiver for series II speakers was sc-81. For original series, receiver was vsx47 - the 64lb beast. Started with series 1, 10 seconds. Switched to series II. My daughter said after 3-4 seconds that series II is better. I expected that. I let her listen full 10 seconds. I then switched back to series 1. The reaction was: "Oh my god! No! These are way better." In every test, I used the same song segment and the volume on both receivers was the same (perceived, not by number on the display.)
So, my somewhat trained ear and my daughter's untrained ear hear significant difference between these two speakers. Compared to original, series II are muddy; they paint the sound a lot. Series I are as clean as it can get for speakers of their price range.In terms of what you get for what you pay, series II is not even close in value to series I.
I gifted my series I setup to my friend because I wanted him to have something better since I check private adds regularly and I thought I can find the same setup for me. No luck so far for the last two years, at least not for the price I am willing to pay. My friend moved and can no longer use them. I am getting them back and my series II crap goes out and series I is moving back in.