Well, like many things in audio you will get opinions all over the map. In reality it comes down to your dollars and your ears--not anyone elses. I was thoroughly impressed with the M20s. I think Revel has really built an outstanding value with this speaker and in it's price I think it really shines. It's neutral, not hyped in any area (unlike many monitors in this price range), and I was just thoroughly impressed. The GEMS are significantly better speakers. Better detail, better imaging, and better extension and control. They should be with their price tag. They are not as impressive to me in the value category. There are other speakers in this price range that are as good (different mind you--so possibly not as good to some). If it were me, and I am not one that changes my equipment very often, I would probably spend more and get the GEMS (if it was already narrowed down to M20s and GEMS). No, I don't think they are the bargain of the M20s, which is why it would have to be a speaker I was going to live with for a long time. But what I would do is irrelevant. It's what works for you.