Laptop running Foobar2000 /w Asio out 320kbps/flac > 1.8th to RCA > Pioneer VSX-9900S
Jensen TF-3-A x2
Panasonic SR-AK57 x2
are my current speakers, no sub.
I want to upgrade my cheap panny passive speakers.
If this is for nearfield use, I would stay away from the Klipsch anyway. Many people find the horns fatiguing, and I can't imagine they would be good up close.
I don't know whether they have the characteristics you want, but the Pioneer SP-BS41 ($65 off w/ promo code EMCJNNE72) are considered some of the best sounding speakers for the price.
Also, at your price range, you are probably better off getting something like the Pioneers rather than being too picky about the frequency response emphasis. There aren't that many speakers out there in your budget range that are considered very good. And that's an understatement.
Best Buy and a few other places are carrying the new versions of the Andrew Jones Pioneers, but Newegg still seems to have tons of inventory of the old ones.
Huh??? Sure it is. Those speakers are passive. You have to buy your own speaker wire, though.
Nope. Those are not female RCA plugins. Those are standard speaker connection posts that allow bare wire connection or plugin of banana connectors. Most speakers use those these days, except for the very cheap ones that have the spring clip connections. Go look at other more expensive passive speakers, and you'll see the same thing.
Yep. For that matter, you can even buy copper wire lamp cord at the hardware store. Works just as well. And definitely no reason to worry about banana connectors. They don't improve the sound quality. Just for convenience for people that want to connect and disconnect their speakers more often.
I've never seen that comparison, but it's definitely an apt one. Equally disgusting.
Aside: My Brother HL-3070CW has a built in toner out feature. When it has estimated the toner is out (and it doesn't actually measure it), it won't let the printer print any more. I had to find the override codes online to turn that off. Another printer industry business practice rip off.