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Music Gear Review - Event 20/20 8" Passive Studio Monitors
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Event had three 8" 20/20 studio monitor models at the time i bought mine: 20/20 (passive), 20/20p (powered), and 20/20bas (bi-amplified).
[here's the event 20/20 spec sheet for those who might be looking for info on any of those speaker models]
Frequency response for the passive 20/20 monitors is listed at 50Hz - 20kHz, which isn't bad (8" woofer; ported enclosure).  But these speakers are actually capable of belting out a sine
wave as low as 40Hz, which means that within program material

(and with a high-powered amp)

you'll realistically get as low as 45Hz all day long in the near field and you'll get some of that 40Hz tone toward the back of your room.

That's great for a $300 set of speakers.

Ok so here's the deal: the power amp i use with my Event speakers is a Carvin DCM1000.  The passive 20/20's are rated at 150 watts RMS, 200 watts peak.  So at 4 ohms (the monitors), yea i'm obviously overpowered at 350 watts/channel.  Of course i have to be careful but it's worth it to me because i can open up with my program material and it sounds great.

Obviously this amp/speaker mismatch is kindof asking for trouble, so anybody doing this should definitely be using a limiter between the amp and speakers!

One advantage with this type of overpowered, hyped sound, is that it's closer to what you'd expect to hear from a home (or car) stereo than a set of frequency-flat midrange drivers like those Celestion SL600's.  This can save you lots of time with mixing and mastering something that will end up being played through a car stereo.
[update - when i say "hyped", i'm talking about the speakers here; has nothing to do with the power of any amp i'd use]


How do the Event 20/20's sound?  Well that depends on what you're looking for in a studio monitor.

These low-priced speakers have a good frequency response and are ok on the ears for several hours at a time.  They allow for critical listening of the mega-highs without being *too* harsh (yes, they are somewhat harsh).
Their hyped low end is enough that i don't have to use a sub-woofer, which is cool.  This low end hype is great for listening to the Scorpions or Dave Weckl while working on other stuff (like repairing bass guitars or blogging), but it's obviously not good for mixing and mastering.  I keep this in mind when treating audio and if it's something really important then i just have to use other monitors.

In my opinion the Event 20/20's would be perfect for any home studio, but it's not like i worship these monitors or anything; i mean if i had to replace them tomorrow with a different set of $300 speakers it wouldn't bother me in the least (accept that i don't have an extra 300 bucks right now!).

I'm not gonna sit here and say "I've used Genelec, JBL, Mackie, and Dynaudio - the Event 20/20's sound as good or better than all of them".
Because i have used Genelec, JBL, Mackie and Dynaudio; and i can tell you that all of those speakers offer a flatter, more realistic picture than the Event 20/20's.  Those more expensive speakers are for the most part FAR more open than the Events and they will all allow for a much longer listening session before ear fatigue would set in.

And then i fried my tweeter...


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