My current speaker system has failed me, and it is time for me to move on from Klipsch. While doing some research, I came across this site and it seems like there is a lot of great advice on here, which I would like to tap if I could. Lets see if I can garner bonus interest by giving more details than most help seekers.
Room: Second bedroom, office, computer room, carpet floors
Size: 10' x 14'
Location: Curved corner computer desk, leaving 4" gap on flat walls, 18" gap right in the corner due to desk curve
Klipsch 5.1 ProMedia Ultra (discontinued)
Amp in the subwoofer is cutting in and out, works fine after it heats up
This system can go a lot louder than I need, I rarely even get to ~50% of the maximum non-distorting volume.
Source: Almost all 256 kbps AAC sound files on computer
Sound Card: SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
Expertise: I like high quality audio, visibly cringe at built-in TV/computer monitor speakers, but I am not an audiophile
System: A 2.0 or 2.1 system for music. I use headphones for all positional audio, since they trounce even 5.1 systems for position.
Budget: Cheap, looking at $600 or less, with a preference of $400 or less
Power: Given the computer-desktop ecosystem, I am guessing self-powered is best but up for suggestions
I am moving to a two channel system to reduce clutter, and enable me to buy two more expensive speakers rather than five cheaper speakers. Plus, I don't need 5.1 for positional, and I suspect that I can make a good-enough soundstage with a two channel system. Let me know if you disagree.
I don't know if I need a subwoofer. I do not listen that loud (I live in an apartment building), but I like solid bass, but only if tight/controlled, not sloppy rumbling. It would be awesome to get that with a 2.0 system, but maybe it is not possible.
I keep reading amazing things about the Audioengine A2 and Audioengine A5 systems. I like these, but I wonder if the A5 would be enough as a 2.0 system and I doubt that the A2 could work unless it was a 2.1 system. I have also heard good things about Swans (various models) and the AV40.
One option I discovered on this forum is that I could just replace the sub/amp from my Promedia set with a new sub and amp. I guess that might work too, but I don't know how that would compare.
So that is where I am so far. Anyone have a good solution in mind?