I'm going to borrow this thread and ask some questions for myself instead of starting a new thread.
I'm also in the market for some desktop speakers. This will be my first purchase for desktop speakers, so I don't know very much apart from what I've gleaned the past few hours from reading the forum.
My requirements are similar to the OP. My budget is $150 and I'd like to get the most out of my money in terms of quality sound, performance and build. I'd like these speakers to last me 3 years. After reading many posts, it seems like the best choice for 2.0 speakers is the get passive speakers with a T-amp rather than active speakers.
The most common suggestions I've seen were any of the Polk Audio monitors, the Pioneer SP-BS21's, Infinity Primus, or Dayton Audio speakers.
As for T-amps, the most popular ones suggested were all by Dayton Audio.
I'm trying to find a good combination for myself. I'll mostly be listening to music and watching movies from in front of my computer. Occasionally, I may want to listen to music from my bed. My bed will be about 5-10 feet away from the computer.
I also think that the sound card will play an important role in how the music sounds from the speakers, right? If that's the case, would I need to factor the cost of a sound card into my budget? I haven't gotten my computer yet, but I plan on getting an Apple computer, likely a Mac Pro. Is there anything else I'd need for the setup besides speaker wires?
I appreciate the help!