One of my friends moved to U.S recently (Philadelphia) and wants to buy a stereo setup that'd provide him the most transparent music under $150. He was asking for a studio monitor, but I thought of recommending him a setup with a bit of fun, energy and thump. Since he has neither listened to a studio monitor nor a decent stereo setup yet, he might very well be disappointed after buying a studio monitor.
His previous Setup -> Altec Lansing VS3521 connected to PC with Creative Sound Blaster sound card.
IEM -> Galaxy S2 with Klipsch S4
I've narrowed down the selection to below combos
Pioneer SP-BS21-LR ($69) + AmazonBasics 16-gauge Speaker Wire ($10) + Dayton Audio DTA-120 60 WPC (Black) ($90) + Laptop/Phone Analog Output (already owned) = $169 + Tax (Probably the loudest of all 3 setup)
Pioneer SP-BS21-LR ($69) + AmazonBasics 16-gauge Speaker Wire ($10) + Topping TP30 MARK2 MK II DAC (PC/Android) ($95) + Laptop/Phone USB out (already owned) = $173 + Tax (Probably best source with Burr Brown DAC)
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR ($127) + AmazonBasics 16-gauge Speaker Wire ($10) + Lepai LP-2020A+ ($22) + Laptop/Phone Analog Output (already owned) = $159 + Tax (BS22 worth the price difference? Will LePai drive BS22 to its full potential? Will the audio output of PC/Phone ruin the overall experience of this package?)
If the below mentioned speakers are better than BS-21 or other Pioneer speakers, please let me know.
Sony SS-B1000, Dayton Audio B652 and Micca MB42.