Originally Posted by musicmind
The Audioengine A5 speakers are also quite well recevied in reviews. They also have a sub output and ipod connectivity.
There seems to be two schools of thought about studio monitors, while some enjoy them for their flat unhyped audio reproduction, some find them unmusical and cold. I havent auditioned enough monitors to have formed an opinion of my own, but its something to keep in mind.
Well said - it's so true, many people don't like flat response and sometimes even label it uninvolving or boring, preferring a little hype. I'd say that though that's a real enough question for higher-end stuff, the overall higher performance of most decent small studio monitors isn't going to be matched by much of their similarly-priced competition.
That being said, I'm personally interested in the AE AEGO M and Swans M200 for my next computer speakers in the $200 range (verus my previous choice at that price, the Alesis M1. For an under $100 choice, I'd go with the M-Audio AV20, on the other side, in the $300 range there's the M-Audio MX5A, The event ALP5, or the aformentioned Audioengines. The Audioengines have a lot of nice features and nice build quality, but my one chance to listen to them was in a very noisy environment, so I can't give an informed opinion on the sound. I've heard only good comments about them, though. If you want to go up even higher, at about $700 a pair the Tannoy Reveal 5A is a great active speaker, though I'd be interested in checking out the Swans T200 also if I was going to spend that much.