My question is - my logical step up is either the Special 40s, or Evoke 20’s. In comparison to the X18’s, What are the differences (beyond the construction and specs sheet), and which one is superior? My other dilemma would be what to do with the center channel, which realistically will be an upgrade to the Evoke 25C.
I've owned them both, and had them at the same time. If you like slow, muddy, lull you to sleep, unexciting speakers.....then the Evoke 20's are for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time trying to decide and buy the MUCH better speaker, which is the Special 40.
Ignoring sound quality, the Special 40 also uses higher quality drivers to start with. As a side note, the Evoke 20's finish also looked extremely cheap and mass produced to me. I had the gloss white finish.