Chrispy_ wrote:Everyone has different tastes but I'm very fond of using powered studio monitors for 2.0 PC sound.
The Audioengine A2 are very good monitors for their size, although they are a little small for my tastes. They are the speakers I would chose from your list, but only because your list doesn't include the M-Audio BX5's.
I guess it depends on availability and price which vary a lot by region - for me the BX5's would only be 10-20% more expensive than the A2's, making the choice a no-brainer.
PenGun wrote:Spend some money. $100 speakers are just that, $100 speakers. You will not find nice sound in that range.
Ethyriel wrote:I would definitely suggest going the low-end studio monitor route in your price range, and unless you have a nice sound card, I'd suggest getting something with optical in. The DAC on most of these low end monitors will typically be better than on cheap or integrated PC sound, but unfortunately it does limit the choices significantly.
Chrispy_ wrote:I used to run a discrete soundcard for my M-Audio BX8's but actually when I was temporarily forced to go back to an onboard Realtek codec I was impressed how good they still sounded.
By far the biggest impact to sound quality in the sub $500 range is the speakers. Only once the speakers rise above uneven response curves found (so often) in the sub-$250 range do the differences between a cheap soundcard* and a quality one matter.
Chrispy_ wrote:* - the issue with onboard sound is not usually the sound quality but the interference that the analogue outputs pick up from the motherboard. Some solutions are shielded better than others, unfortunately.
tanker27 wrote:I have the M-Audio's. I dont use them much but they work. They aren't heavy on the Bass naturally but are nice. I got them when they were around 80-90 bucks, if I remember correctly.
just brew it! wrote:Anything that's designed to be a studio monitor will sound really light on the bass to people accustomed to typical computer 2.1s. Monitors are designed to have flat response, whereas most 2.1 computer speakers are designed to have loud, boomy bass because that's what sells.
Nation wrote:A friend of mine at work has the Audioengine A2's. They sound good to me and have a small footprint. I have pretty much ruled out everything but the Audioengine A2's, A5+, M-Audio BX5
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