Monitor Audio Studio 20 SE - how much has technology moved on?
I am thinking about upgrading my front speakers (currently AE120SE) and am wondering whether to buy new speakers, or something a little more exotic from a few years ago.
My budget is flexible but ideally I don't want to spend more than about £700.
Having looked in some old editions of What Hi Fi, I know that the MA Studio 20 SE's were used by What Hi Fi as their reference speakers for several years and I've seen that it's possible to get mint condition examples for roughly my budget.
My question is this - in the ten year's or so since they were rated so highly, how far has technology moved on - would I be better spending £700 on new speakers, or will the Studio 20's still cut the mustard?
And, how easy would it be to find similar sounding speakers to make a 5.1 set up? I'm most concerned about matching the centre to them - would a newer Monitor Audio centre speaker sound good, or perhaps from a differerent source.
Ultimately I'm after high quality music reproduction but they will also be used in a cinema set up.
I'm currently running an Arcam AVR 300 but at some stage will consider upgrading this too
Any advice / opinion would be much appreciated