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It took me a while to work out if this was the right part of the forum to ask about this. I hope it is. A few weeks back I had the powered Creative Labs T40 computer speakers and they sounded very good at everything apart from the bass. Even with my subwoofer, that only made them a little bit better. What seems strange is that I have a pair of JVC SP-UXT150H speakers that sound almost as good as my T40s. They will also fit on the same shelves. They came with a cheap micro Hi-Fi system that only cost about £50 I think. The player wasn't much good but these speakers seem to be quite good when connected to my Pioneer amplifier. These speakers sound very bass light indeed when on their own but they are quite detailed. When I have my sub-woofer on, that is where they improve.

 

I am at some point wanting a proper pair of small bookshelf speakers and that is where the S20s come in. I already know what the S30s sound like and they are very good. I expect these to have less bass than the S30s since they are quite a lot smaller but they should sound reasonable. I will be connecting them to the same Pioneer amplifier.

 

The S20s are available for £49 at a local store and that is a lot less than what I paid for my T40s but I think they simply must be better if these old JVC speakers almost sound as good.

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Like you, I have heard the S30s (used to own them). I would definitely guess the S20s to be a good value at that price, and would work very well since you have a sub.

What kind of sub do you have?
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Like you, I have heard the S30s (used to own them). I would definitely guess the S20s to be a good value at that price, and would work very well since you have a sub.

What kind of sub do you have?

It really isn't the best sub-woofer and I am sure that you will think that how I have it set up is not a very good way. Still, it makes a massive improvement to the bass. It is just a non powered Samsung sub-woofer for a home cinema surround sound system. It is the Samsung ps-cw0. I bought a very basic amplifier from ebay that happens to have a sub-woofer output. I then connect this amplifier to the headphone socket of my Pioneer A-209r. It does seem a very strange way of doing things but the sub-woofer doesn't sound bad at all. It just adds that nice weighty sound to my JVC speakers. If you looked up my JVC speakers, they really don't look like they will sound good at all because they only have one driver that does everything.

Another thing that makes me think that the S20s must be better that the JVCs I have is because I think the build quality will be much better. Even though the S20s are shorter, narrower and not as deep by a few mm, the S20s weigh a good half kilogram more.

In my room, I also have the Tannoy Mercury V1s and they are just too big for these shelves.


Edited by TheGiantHogweed - 5/4/14 at 12:49pm
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You might be getting some double bassing if the sub doesn't have a low pass filter on it. But if it sounds better with than without, who cares, right? smily_headphones1.gif
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You might be getting some double bassing if the sub doesn't have a low pass filter on it. But if it sounds better with than without, who cares, right? smily_headphones1.gif

I understand why that is happening. It will simply be because it is getting amplified twice. The bass volume on the small amplifier is extremely sensitive but i get it where I want it in the end. Then I just use my Pioneer remote control for the volume for both the sub-woofer and the speakers.

 

I am just hoping that the S20s will have an improvement in the treble and mid range and a little bit more punch and power to the bass. I don't expect much depth. With my sub-woofer I can quite easily down to about 30 HZ or maybe more like feel it.

Since the S20s look like they have the same 25mm tweeter as the S30s,I do expect the clarity to be a huge improvement.


Edited by TheGiantHogweed - 5/5/14 at 3:18am
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I would agree. I would be that the S20s are definitely similar in treble.
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