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I am extremely limited but want something to use instead of builtin Mac speakers.  I have to keep cost to no more than $200 right now so the Audioengine A2's came to mind.  I know the amp + speaker combo is closer to $400 but could just buy the amp now and the speakers later.  Total is higher I know.

 

I read about all the crappy speakers sold for computers even in this price range and don't know anything else to look at.  I have to also buy without being able to listen first.  I have lossless cd-quality music on my Mac although other materials like Internet radio and movies are less hifi.

 

One other thing.  this is all for listening in my master bedroom 11x13 and "not" sitting at the computer.  So need speakers not for high volume but not nearfield either.

 

Will these work?  Any others that might?

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For a little bit more, this setup will do much better than the A2s: Energy RC-10 and Lepai 2020A t-amp. The t-amp is a great little starter amp for a bedroom until you can get something better. 

 

Here's a review of the Energy RC-10: http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/energy_rc10.htm. Search around the web, and you'll find a ton of positive testimonials for them. 

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Other options:

 

Swan D1080MkIV - much larger than the A2's in both physical size and sound, but I assume it could be an option since the P4 is. Should be just over $200 including shipping. I have the older MkII 08 version. Fills my bedroom nicely when I'm sitting away from my desk. Actually, I don't see how I can't use this for a small party, especially with an HT-spec 8" active sub; with a lineout feed from the Ibasso D-Zero I rarely get to 10:00 on the dial and I can hear it downstairs at 12:00.

 

Topping TP30 and Dayton B652 - If the TP30 USB input works with your Mac, chances are you might also get better quality decoding.

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I would suggest that once you step up to spending $100 on a t-amp like the Topping, it's worth looking at your local Craigslist for a used AV receiver instead. Typically there are lots of good deals.

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I would suggest that once you step up to spending $100 on a t-amp like the Topping, it's worth looking at your local Craigslist for a used AV receiver instead. Typically there are lots of good deals.

 

Not if you only have your desk to rest it on, plus the speakers. Otherwise, yes, it's a good alternative.

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Not if you only have your desk to rest it on, plus the speakers. Otherwise, yes, it's a good alternative.

 

True. But -1 for stating the obvious. It's a fair assumption that everyone on head-fi has seen an AV receiver, and the OP already owns some home audio equipment so I'm sure he knew this. 

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True. But -1 for stating the obvious. It's a fair assumption that everyone on head-fi has seen an AV receiver, and the OP already owns some home audio equipment so I'm sure he knew this. 

 

I'm not assuming he doesn't know this, I'm explaining why I would consider the TP30 as an option, which aside from my own assessments on the size I'm also assuming he might want a smaller form factor since he was looking into the N22.

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I have the A2s (as well as the A5s). Since you are not focusing on nearfield, my guess is that you'd be happier with the P4s than the A2s. The A2s are nice for nearfield, but I don't think they'd cut it for the application you are describing.
 

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