Originally Posted by tzjin
Do you care if they are active or passive?
For active I would advise you take a look at the Swan M200.
For passive speakers, you may want to take a look at the Cambridge Audio S30 or the Arx A1b and get a decent amp like the Emotiva mini- X a-100.
Another thing to consider is the space. If a speaker is rear-ported, it requires at least 6 inches a space from the wall. If these are on your desk, that could pose a problem.
+1 to Swan M200.
Have the mkii's, love em. Audioengine A5s just sounded muddy in comparison to me. I listen to everything from trance to instrumentals, and they sound great for instrumentals (though my instrumentals are mainly just piano music). All types of EDM too but you don't like that genre :P. Personally made me switch from being a basshead to having more of a neutral preference.
I do have em less than 6 inches away from the wall (like, 4" maybe) and they sound fine to me (they're angled sideways though, pointed towards me and are about a foot behind the monitor, a yard apart from each other).
Personally probably going to get the T200s or the M200 mkiii if I get enough money and switch my mkii's to TV use. Love them that much :)
M200 mkii is ~$280, mkiii is ~$400, T200 is ~$700.
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By the way, I don't have a subwoofer and I find the bass adequate. At first I didn't like it because I'm used to having like literally wall-rattling bass, but now it sounds so much better with it balanced. I still will probably be adding a subwoofer later on as these only hit ~55hz and I love the 20~40hz freq's for movies and some songs.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 7/11/12 at 10:48am