Originally Posted by Kenntak
This is a very useful thread. I am looking for the exact same thing. I look forward to further comments on the topic.
There's isn't a whole lot more to say. There are some good choices at great prices, considering how long they last and how much enjoyment they'll bring. Which one you choose depends on
- Listening habits - is it for a desktop setup or a room
- Space constraints - the larger speakers will have fuller tone and more bass, but if they won't work in your space, face reality
You can't really go wrong with any of the ones mentioned here. The idea that's one is "best" is not the way to think about it. Find out that fits your constraints and is on the recommended list and makes you happy (based on size, looks, budget or whatever else).
IMO most of the people who complain that a well-regarded speaker is disappointing have got the placement of the speaker wrong, or have a room that would be hostile to any speaker (eg, all hard surfaces). I guess it's not surprising, given the way people are today - they want everything to be instant satisfaction - but you'd think the light would click on that maybe the thousands of satisfied customers were right, and they, the inexperienced buyer new to audio, might need to try something different to make them work as intended.