So I'm after some desktop speakers for use with my PC. I currently only have my DAC and my Denons, no speakers at all. Needless to say I'm tired of having to use headphones for everything, and I love how speakers sound. So here I am.
I was considering keeping it cheap and simple with the Swan M50w, but I decided it would be better in the long run to start with a better 2.0 and add a sub later on when I can afford it. But, for now, I'm after a 2.0 than can take RCA input (from the NFB15.32) for $500 AU.
Availability and pricing is different here in Australia, so bear with me. I'm considering a few options, the first of which is the Swan M200mkiii. I know these have a great reputation, and damn do they look sexy; way way better looking than any studio monitors that I can afford. I just worry, though, about the performance per dollar in comparison to studio monitors of that same price. 6moons reviewed them very very favourably at $399US. They were going for $479AU here, which seemed acceptable, but they've since been raised to $529. That's within my budget, but I wonder if they're still worth it at that elevated price?
My other options are of course studio monitors. To make it clear, I am not doing any sort of audio engineering of any description, these are purely for listening pleasure. I want speakers that sound articulate and musical, not necessarily studio level accurate. This is one thing I worry about with studio monitors, since I've heard people describe them as lacking in liveliness. I also don't know what brands are decent, where as I at least know Swan HiVi have a good rep. I was considering Mackie. KRKs are easy to find but I've heard very mixed things about them, it seems to be primarily noobs who buy them. That and I can't find them with anything more than a 12 month warranty.
So, really, for my intended purpose do you think the Swan M200mkiii would be my best choice at $529AU? It seems the safest to me.
Edited by HeretixAevum - 10/11/13 at 2:52pm