Just what my aging ears needed. I changed over to Dynaudio from B&W (CDM1 - NT). The Imagining and soundstage is comparable to the B&W's, but the highs are much smoother. Also the bass is plenty for my mid-sized listing room. I have these hooked up to Vintage McIntosh separates (amp and pre-amp) and listen to mostly vinyl (Vintage Marantz 6300 turntable) . I can listen for hours without any ear fatigue.
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Powerful enough sound. Soft and gentle high frequencies. Wide soundstage. The sound is very warm and without harshness at high frequencies. Easily cope with any musical genre. From Iron Maiden to Arvo Pärt. I tried Monitor Audio Silver 100 first. Evoke 20 is better in all respects.
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Amazing speakers! The detail, tone and soundstage is just amazing. Bass sounds natural and has presence. I listen to mostly Rock / Pop music and was so glad that I decided to give these a try.
Pros: Detailed sound. Great tone. No listening fatigue. Natural bass with presence.
Cons: I wish I would have bought the speakers sooner!
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These speakers have a great soundstage and clarity. Well worth the money. Crutchfield had them with me 2 days after ordering.
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I love these speakers. Previous to the 20s I had listened to many well reviewed lesser priced speakers and they were all very good (For the Monay) as the reviewers say, but I wasn't satisfied. The Evoke20s took my system to a new level of enjoyment. Very smooth, detailed and dynamic. They just disappear in serve the music, and are true to your source material. Great imaging and sound stage. With 7 in h driver being larger than the Evoke 10, the bass is excellent for a bookshelf speaker. Playing the Proprious CD Cantate Domino, the layered depth and spread of the choral pieces was beautiful and the organ passages were very credible for a speaker this size. What I learned from these speakers is the front end of my system was outperforming the quality of speaker I was using, and many small irritations or subliminal issues just went away with these speakers. I listened on tubes and solid state and they respond well to both kinds of amplification. I listen to classic rock, blues, jazz and vocal music. Not classical, so I can't speak to that. The only other speaker I can think of to try for the money would be a pair of Evoke 10s, and a REL 5i subwoofer for the same expenditure if that suits your situation, or you already have sub(s). Of course, the first thing you would do is go out and buy a second REL sub, right? My speakers have to sit on a very secure shelf and only one foot from the back wall. This doesn't seem to effect the quality of sound as with some speakers.
Pros: Clean, smooth and dynamic. True to the music. The piano black finish is flawless and classy.
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I know this is a lot to spend for speakers, but this is a case of getting a lot for your money. The walnut finish looks beautiful and solid. These things look timeless and are heavy. I get more listening time out of these because they are not fatiguing yet I get all the detail and dynamics I want without it being thrown in your face. I have them paired with a Naim Nait amp (a great combo) and can see upgrading amp and dac equipment before ever thinking of upgrading these. I wanted some weight to my sound and get it with these. There's also something in their tone that just soothes. I've owned a lot of high end audio over the years and have learned to never say these will be my "end game," because I love the hobby so much. But I can safely say I will be enjoying these for many years. I compared them to the LS50 Metas and immediately wanted the full sound of the Evokes back. The metas were great but a little too thin and harsh for me. These do need time to break in. My first impressions were not that great. I ran them for over 60 hours before I noticed more details coming out. The sound stage became wider as well. In fact, they still seem to be improving. Additionally, placement of these, at least in my 13x14 room has not been an issue. I literally have them 10" from the wall with dampeners in and they still sound great. Even better the further pulled out they are.
Pros: Forgiving in placement Non-fatiguing Solid build quality Subtle yet detailed with a great sound stage The better your components the more these reward you Great for all types of music
Cons: I really can't come up with one.
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I had to try the Dynaudio Evoke 20's since I already had a pair of Excite X14's, just wanted a bigger sound. That I got with the bigger woofer which gave both instruments and vocals a smooth, realistic presence in my medium-size living room and the Dynaudio's excel in smoothness, just what I need to help me feel relaxed after a long day. The 15 in tall Evokes dwarf my X14's on the Pangea 24 in. stands. Of course Dynaudio makes their own 24 in. stands which accommodate the depth of their bookshelf lines. So with respect to cabinet volume you get much larger image scale, more rounded sound and 2 dB more efficiency. They both offer precision and smoothness but if you have a larger room the Evoke 20's will give you much better room-fill. While the walnut finish looked nice on the larger speakers, I preferred the real-wood finish that came with the Excites. That's mostly where the company cut corners in 2019 for this model. Not to worry though since it offers its white and black gloss finishes for the same price. I'd love to see the paint job on the piano-black Evokes. Dynaudio's win hands down in so many areas and they make some of the best drivers for the money and, you're getting competent performers that will make all your music and movies sound great.
Pros: Big, spacious sound Vocals and instruments true to sources
Cons: Wood finishes not so hot Slightly rolled-off highs
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Absolutely awesome! Thanks to Crutchfield I was able to try different speakers and compare. My budget was up to $2500 for a pair of speakers for my stereo system (music only/2Channnels/mostly vinyl). These blew away the others...including some pricey floorstanders. Very velvety and smooth sound. Nice bass for a "bookshelf". Took about 30 hours to break in and hear the speakers really shine... but worth the wait. I got the Blonde Finish... BEAUTIFUL and solid. Definitely worth every penny on many levels.
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