I would like to get some new speakers for my home office that I'm in many hours per week, listening to music while I work. My budget is no more than $300. I'm considering either higher-end powered monitors or using a T-amp and some passive bookshelf speakers, but don't know which path makes more sense.
I listen mostly to 256-320 MP3s, with some spotify. Mostly I listen to alternative rock, with some electronica and jazz as well, so some decent bass presence is nice but I don't need the real low frequencies while I'm working. If I want to dance, I'll go downstairs. My living room set up is a Klipsch RSX-5 setup with a 10" sub. I like it well enough but it's not like I auditioned a ton of speakers when I got them 8 years ago, so I can't say that I necessarily prefer a very bright sound or not.
They would either sit on my desk (which is fairly large-- 5' x 3') or just off to the side on bookshelves. Not planning to buy a DAC if I can avoid it.
Audioengine A2 for $200
2.75 inch woofer 65 Hz
can easily add a sub
(A5+ not in budget)
Emotiva Airmotiv 4 for $300
4.25" woofer 58 Hz
would have to buy a DAC to add sub later
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 $150
and just save the rest of the budget for something else
Amp would be the Lepai LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T $20
Audioengine P4 for $250 ; $270 w/amp
4" woofer 58 Hz
4-8 ohm; sensitivity 88 db
Pioneer BS22 for $125; $145 w/amp
4" woofer, 55 Hz
6 ohm, 85 db
could add a sub
Of course, I'm open to other suggestions as well! Thanks!!