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This isn’t to say, however, that the T20s sound in any way muddy. Quite to the contrary, they produce a beautifully balanced sound with a clear and crisp high and mid-range, nicely defined bass lines and an overarching warm sound that doesn’t fail to impress.
For testing purposes I threw a variety of music at the speakers, and in almost all respects they performed exceedingly well considering this is still a set with an overall power output of 28 Watts – 14W per channel.
Knives Out by Radiohead is a favourite track of mine, with some great intermingling guitar lines and a great melodic bass line. The T20s dealt with the track excellently; each line was easily identifiable, the bass line clearly present without ever sounding too muddy and the high range was crisp and even.
For a rather more challenging test I loaded up Good Luck from Basement Jaxx, an explosive dance track with huge bass and percussion lines and what I can only imagine is a big diva singing too. Again, the T20s coped admirably and sounded even better when the volume was pumped up. Indeed, in almost all cases this set sounds best when the volume is really cranked up. This brings out the bass to greater effect, and there's a complete lack of distortion so long as the source file is a good one. If it isn't, well, shame on you!
However, this is also the source of one of my few criticisms of the T20s. Although they sound magnificent when turned up high, at moderate – what one might consider normal levels – the effect is less impressive. They still sound great, with good clarity and a nice balance, but the bass is rather subdued and must be turned up to full to achieve an optimal balance.
Now, a little known fact about one of our staffers Ed is that he's a heavy metal fan – he even has long hair bless him – and, as he keeps telling me, the best test of any speaker set is apparently heavy metal. So, just for him, I cranked out Revenga from System of a Down to see how the T20s handled it. Unsurprisingly, very well; proof, were any more needed, that this set is great for all kinds of music.
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