If your listening room is your living room, or indeed any room within a standard modern home, you’ve no doubt pondered the abiding debate: should you go for small standmount speakers or the full floorstanders? “Fortunately for the space conscious there’s a good choice out there of compact floorstanding speakers, of which the Scansonic M20 is a prime example,” says Hi-Fi Choice.
In fact, Scansonic’s M20 has a considerably smaller footprint than the curvaceous stands the brand offers with its own standmount models, yet it is “a proper 2.5-way design, complete with a dedicated bass driver to augment its tweeter and mid/bass.”
And, since the brand shares a design team with high-end sister company Raidho, the M20 uses a version of the famous Raidho ribbon tweeter in “a fine example of trickle-down technology.”
“The whole package feels remarkable well put together and the impression of quality is further aided by the standard finish in a choice of black or white silk effect.”
“The glorious drama of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances (Philadelphia Orchestra) is resolved well, from the fine detail to the weight of the musical forces, and there’s fine insight into the soundstage picture.”
“It does finesse, too, showing a beautifully light touch with everything from the distinctly vintage (and very two-channel) sound of Bob Dylan’s Talking New York, 1962 to the close-focused recording of soprano Jodie Devos’ And Love Said…”
“A highly appealing listen; if your space is tight, it’s well worth investigating.”
Read the full review in the April 2021 issue of Hi-Fi Choice magazine