Recently I've been interested in investing in a pair of studio monitors to replace my JBL Duet IIIs. I've never really invested a significant amount of money on speakers as I've always saved that money on headphones, but as of late I've been using my PC for audio more than I have in the past, and my Duet IIIs just don't cut it, though they don't sound too shabby.
Alas, in my pursuit of audio nirvana, it's now time to throw more money at my computer screen.
I've narrowed down my choices to the following three, and I have quite a tight budget, so with all due respect I'd appreciate if suggestions for pricier units were left out of this thread. Obviously I know pricier units sound better, but I need an upgrade right now and do not wish to break the bank. $150 is about as high as I would like to go.
Alesis Elevate 3
M-Audio AV40s were originally on the list until I found out they're not bi-amped and have an array of nasty issues.
I've read reviews for all three monitors and they seem to all have good reviews, which makes it even more difficult to justify the Fostex's ~$50 price premium. The local audio store actually has the Behringers and the Fostex out for listening so I will give those two a try sometime, but I'm a little bummed out that I'll never have a chance to hear the Alesis Elevate 3s as they seem to have rave reviews especially considering their price point.
If anyone has any experience with these three studio monitors, please chime in! I do not plan on doing any recording with these monitors, at all, only for casual listening.