Two months ago i buyed second hand monitor 20 speakers, i am very happy with them from first day. In fact each day i am happier. Before this i had another good speakers but they sounded more laidback and less real, it was more like if the musicians were playing in another room. Just after getting the other speakers (second hand) i knew there was a problem with the jazz drums, and in just 2 minutes after listening at home the monitor 20 i saw the difference, now it was correct, more like listening live music.
I usually hear real instruments playing live, well, each day, and the sound of this speakers is very similar, very real, in fact i was not into listening singers and i find my self now enjoying singers cause they sound really very good. I listen classic and modern jazz, from Miles Davis to Ralph Alessi, Monk to vijay iyer, Bird to Steve lehman, Coltrane to Coltrane ( Ravi ). And now with Harbeth i must add from Sarah/Ella/Billie to Diana Krall (first cd's, when she did good music...).
I use them with a cheap equipment:
- Imac computer
- Very Cheap usb DAC.
- NAD 320 BEE amplifier (50 W ?), i dont need more watts, it sounds more than i need.
- cheap cables.
and listen near them, 1,5 metres.
I just can not figure out how the other models with radial2 can sound, but i prefer not going to the shop to try them, because they cost lot of money ( remember i bought monitor 20 second hand, may be 50% of the real price ), may be i find myself buying them, and i dont want to have a lot of speakers cause what i like is music. I think i will not change source or amplifier or cables without really trying them in my room with my speakers and see if the price difference with mine really worth the money, and i see a really good improvement, but i must admit i am curious about listening compact ES 3, monitor 30, and HL 5 speakers.