merlins you will never give them up if you put them in your system
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Guess the lack of response here is due to unfamiliarity of your Monitor Audio Studio 20SE's. They were great speakers indeed and the reviewers of What-Hifi UK had been using them as their long-time reference since their first introduction. You have been using them for a decade? Maybe my memory serves me wrong as I thought they came out somewhere in 1998. I presume yours was the earlier version.
Sorry I can't be of any help. Just dropping in to know of an owner of a rare British speakers.
Thanks for your post. Re the Monitor Audios, mine were in fact the later 'SE' versions and I bought them in 1994 soon after this SE version was introduced. I think the original Studio 20 (non SE version) came out as long ago as 1990. At my age, time really flies! At the time, they were rated a high class B by Sterophile and did receive in general some very good reviews all round. The only one I can trace on line is at - http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_2_4/v2n4v.html
To any of the others who may not have responded due to unfamiliarity with my speakers, do feel free to comment on my short list vs. my listed preference or indeed simply recommend speakers that you like. Any advise will be much appreciated.
Try rare, very hard to find but worth every effort, French Atelier de Synergie Acoustique (ASA) Pro Monitors, circa $6500USD MSRP from distributor. Very limited availability. These are the best I've heard (for me anyway), I'm 53 & have been doing this since I was a kid. Nuetral & transparent, detailed, great imagining/stage, & the most fatigue-free I've heard. Familiarity w/ the driver technology may lead to the false conclusion you can predict the sound; avoid this tendency & listen to them preferably on top notch gear in a decent room.