|Vertigo_1, I am still a little confused as to what you are looking for. Are you looking for small speakers to set next to your computer, or a nice pair of bookshelf speakers with good quality stands?
I'm pretty confused too as to what I want at this moment.
I *really* wanted this to just replace my PC speakers on my desk since I'd have to go out of my way to get space for stands, but the more I read in this thread the more I get a sense that good bookshelfs on desks are a big no no. So I dunno. It's also kinda sad that stands cost pratically 1/4th or more of a speaker's price too.
Mac, I agree with you on overloading on the price at the moment. Mainly because at the volumes I have to listen at, there are passages that I totally just can't even hear. This makes me question whether or not spending tons more money on speakers is going to help out in that area. On one note, I read a very favoring review yesterday of the Triangle Titus where the reviewer spent a good sized paragraph commenting on how great it sounded at low volumes...he even bothered to run them at the lowest volume possible and said they still sounded great. The more I read about the Titus, the more it seems perfect for me, especially as a starting point to all this. Plus as you say it'd tide me over till I own some big grand house or something for those B&W Nautilus snails or something.
ray, I know the magic word of the day in the end is "audition", but this is Hawaii we're talking about here, which runs on an economy based upon tourism, which isn't exactly at its best right now. We just don't have too many here that can afford the audiophile hobby, and therefore have pratically no shop around where we can audition things. Considering that one shop I went into the other day was pimping a $6000 CDP against a $20,000 Linn Sondek CD12 just for the hell of it, I highly doubt they're going to carry bookshelfs for auditioning. It was a great shop, but they were toting stuff and only stuff way beyond my price range. After reading some articles last night on speaker placement, combined with the word audition which I can't do, makes this whole thing seem a lot harder than I thought. And it makes it even more tempting to reach for the cheapest speaker possible.
It's funny that a lot of people tell me to audition, because everytime I see that word, I mentally add in "I wish". It's just not even possible out here...the only way would be to truck in equipment from dealers that allow returns, and after the whole Jupiter thing, I'm not too excited about doing that all over again.
BTW, if you're wondering what my room size is, it's 10 feet by 10 feet.