I'm trying to replace my aged set of Klipsch Promedia 2.1s, and what I thought was going to be a simple exercise has been anything but.
Initially, after much deliberation, I purchased a pair of Audioengine A2s and auditioned them for about a week. While they sound noticeably more detailed than the Promedias, I agree with the comments I've read here that they sound boxy, removed, and overly boomy, so I've packaged them up to ship back to Amazon. I was about to pull the trigger on some A5+s, but, again, after reading the forums here, I'm unsure that they're what I'm looking for.
Basically what I want is a setup that lets me hook up my PS3 and Mac to my speakers and control the volume of both with a single knob, so according to my research I need either a set of speakers that accepts multiple inputs (like the Audioengines), a set of powered speakers and a DAC/preamp, or a set of passive speakers and an amp. I'd also eventually like to invest in a decent set of headphones, so I'd need something with a headphone amp as well.
Any recommendations for a sub $500 setup based on my needs?
Additional info: I don't really consider myself a basshead, but I was bothered by the lack of low-end on the A2s. I listen to mostly classic rock, indie, folk/acoustic, and a little electronic.
Edited by Crow T Robot - 5/19/12 at 6:23pm