It took me a while to work out if this was the right part of the forum to ask about this. I hope it is. A few weeks back I had the powered Creative Labs T40 computer speakers and they sounded very good at everything apart from the bass. Even with my subwoofer, that only made them a little bit better. What seems strange is that I have a pair of JVC SP-UXT150H speakers that sound almost as good as my T40s. They will also fit on the same shelves. They came with a cheap micro Hi-Fi system that only cost about £50 I think. The player wasn't much good but these speakers seem to be quite good when connected to my Pioneer amplifier. These speakers sound very bass light indeed when on their own but they are quite detailed. When I have my sub-woofer on, that is where they improve.
I am at some point wanting a proper pair of small bookshelf speakers and that is where the S20s come in. I already know what the S30s sound like and they are very good. I expect these to have less bass than the S30s since they are quite a lot smaller but they should sound reasonable. I will be connecting them to the same Pioneer amplifier.
The S20s are available for £49 at a local store and that is a lot less than what I paid for my T40s but I think they simply must be better if these old JVC speakers almost sound as good.