I began searching for a 2.1 set of speakers for my desktop. Eventually studio monitors were recommended and I have since been going through all the different options. They will only be used for gaming, music, and movies. My concern then is that the studio monitors may be too harsh for my needs. Of course I want crystal clear, detailed sound, but the speakers need to be enjoyable.
Ultimately these are the options I have been considering:
1. krk-rp5 with krk 10s sub: This seems like a good set, front port is a large plus as they will be near a wall. They are rather large though.
2. Yamaha HS50M with HS10W sub: I have heard really good things about the HS50M's and I've also heard they can be a bit harsh and not 'fun' to listen to. They are a bit smaller which is nice and they have some sort of adjustment on the rear to account for near wall placement. Rates high on the sexy meter. Sub is only 8", don't know if that will be good or bad.
3. Audioengine A2 with AS8B sub: These are front ported and small which is almost perfect. They also aren't studio monitors and I've heard they are more of a 'fun' speaker. I just wonder if they will be 'good' enough, I really want some great speakers that will last me for some time. Again the sub is only 8".
4.Audioengine A5 with AS8B sub: These are rather large, and are not front ported. They too have been described as a 'fun' speaker. I wonder if there is any point in going here instead of the A2's as they will be paired with a sub for the low end.
5.M-Audio BX5a with SBX10 sub: I was originally going to go with this set but it seems that they have been having a bit of a quality control problem over at M-Audio with these speakers. The monitors are not front ported unfortunately but they seem like a good price. The sub probably has the best specs of the bunch response wise(on paper).
So what to do, are there options I'm missing? I'm pretty much set on a 2.1 system, and I can spend up to $800 for the set all told(although lower is better!). As you can see I like to pair brands but if there is a good argument to mix and match I'm all ears.
Thanks for your help!
Edited by Citan - 5/6/11 at 8:30pm