Exactly what the title says. I had a pair of Altec Lansing VS2420 speakers for my computer (since 2007), which were pretty good besides the somewhat muffled sounding lower end, but I'd like to see if I could get something better for under $100 USD. Yeah, I know $100 isn't really a big budget for speakers. But considering I'm not that big of an audiophile and I had been somewhat pleased with the VS2420s, I figure I couldn't go wrong with a $100 budget. I'd like to see what sort of bang for my buck I can get in this range, and I'm pretty sure I can do better than the usual Logitech/Creative/Altec stuff I see at Best Buy and elsewhere.
This will be for personal listening in a small room with a variety of genres, so it doesn't need to be super loud or anything.
Ideally, I'd like it to have some bass, but not too much. Mostly I'm interested in the output being balanced and clear-sounding.
Additionally, I don't have a lot of space, so I'd like to not get a big subwoofer at the moment (don't want to disturb neighbors either), nor do I want the satellite speakers to be really big (like the M-Audio AV40s).
I've taken a look at some of the threads here, and at some other reviews online. Currently, I'm looking at the following:
Behringer MS16 active monitors
Lepai LP-2020a+ amp with Pioneer SP-BS21-LR
Lepai LP-2020a+ amp with Sony SS-B1000
Some ones I've already looked at, and rejected for various reasons:
(amp) with Dayton B652 -- I'm not sure about how the current quality of these are like. There was the flurry of Reddit and YouTube posts wailing about how they've been ruined, and some other posts here and elsewhere claiming the problems were fixed in the latest batch (and others still, saying NO THEY'RE NOOOT). In all, I'm a little apprehensive regarding the Daytons.
(amp) with Monoprice 8250 -- Reasonably priced, but with varying reports about the sound quality.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 -- Good reviews on sound quality. Tempting, but I'd rather not get a subwoofer at the moment. Also, I've read reports of poor build quality, especially with the DIN socket/plug on the subwoofer.
M-Audio AV40 -- Over $100 budget, and bigger than I would like. Plus, I've read that M-Audio's support isn't exactly the greatest.
M-Audio AV30 -- I keep reading about poor build quality with the AV30 (particularly with left speakers dying).
Creative T20 Series II -- One of the first ones I looked at. Seemed decent, but I read reports of hissing or ringing sounds with these. Plus, I could probably get something better for $90.
HiVi Swans M10 -- I would rather not get something with such a large subwoofer. Additionally, I read of people receiving unwanted radio interference (!) on these.
Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
Edited by onlyw - 11/4/13 at 2:33pm