Hey all, this is my first post. I'm currently an Electrical Engineering student at George Washington University and I have been working very hard this summer to save up some money to get the privilege of listening to music. Growing up in Cleveland less than a mile away from one of the best concert halls in the world, I have always had a huge appreciation for music. To this point in my life, I largely care for quality over quantity, and as such have made very few purchase, but I intend them to last me an extremely long time.
Getting to the point, I'm looking to make a pretty serious jump into a 2.0 or 2.1 set up. As a college student, I value something that will be physically small, and as such will probably want to stay away from getting Amps/Receivers, and will probably stick with a pair of bookshelf monitors. For the next year, I will have them in my small bedroom (I don't have the measurements currently but something like 10 x 15). I would like to not only use them to listen to music, but also use them when playing video games occasionally or watching movies. I am guessing that after college I will have significantly more space, and would like the speakers to be able to fill a much bigger room. I have a desktop computer to play back media from. Musically, I would like to be able to listen to an extremely wide range of genres (I know thats not helpful, but I guess I'm hinting at all around performance).
Current listening devices: Sony MDR-7506 (Girlfriend currently has them) and B & W P5s. Have no real experience with actual audio equipment, but the parents do have a Bang and Olufsen 2.0 set in the living room that isn't set up with any care. A good friend of mine has a pair of low end M - Audio monitors, and they sound decent, but nothing life changing.
- 2.0 or 2.1 - I don't think I need a sub currently, but always would be willing to come back later if that need changed.
- Last indefinitely. I would much rather spend an extra 50% upfront to not have to buy a replacement or have to buy something that functions better. I know this is a dangerous/impossible game in the A/V land, but I want a pair of speakers that will shine for a long time.
- Be less than $1400.
I guess one of the things that had intrigued me were the Focal CMS series, which looks quite extraordinary, but I wanted to explore all of my options before taking the leap.
And please move this if I have placed this in the wrong forum.