I don't really have any advice -- if for no other reason than that I don't have experience with the alternatives -- but after skimming this thread, I feel like I might as well stick in my observations about the 20/20bas, which I've had since 1999 or so but haven't used on an ongoing basis in the last few years for reasons of practicality, preferring to go with my EQ'd NS10s
for both everyday listening and my own casual mixing.
The 20/20bas have good bass extension. They are not, across their range, as dampened and tight/dry as the acoustic suspension NS10s
. (And you wouldn't probably expect ported speakers to be, after all.) When I got the Events, I'd been using my NS10's
[flat] with some ported consumer speakers as a backup reference. I was doing a lot of electronica and the lack of bass from the Yamaha's was killing me. So the extra octave of bass from the Events was much needed.
I moved to using the Events as primaries with the NS10's
as reference and that, overall, worked pretty well for me, allowing me to clean up lingering problems in my mixes.
And I generally enjoyed listening to the Events, unlike the un-EQ'd NS10's
But when I sold my house and folded down my old project studio moving into a small beachside flat (it's all about the tradeoffs), the Events proved just to freakin' powerful for my newly intimate quarters. Not only were they ridiculously loud (200w/ch for cyring out loud) but they put out a lot
of heat. And, sitting a little closer to them, with a quieter computer, I started to notice their self-noise, even with the 20 dB input pads fully engaged.
I switched to mostly using the NS10's
-- but this time with EQ supplied from a continuously variable passive loudness control on my similar vintage Yamaha hi fi amp. For the first time, I actually liked
listening to the NS10's
. And, as I got used to them, my mixes started dropping back into place (that is to say, I don't think my new circumstance has hurt my mixes too much).
I still have the Events -- I haven't been able to bring myself to sell them -- but I only hook them up for critical projects.