Join Date: Feb 2012
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NBR mentioned some great brands (although I am partial to my Energy's...)
The best advice on speakers is go listen to some. Keep in mind, you are not going to be listening to them in anything approaching an ideal situation, so listen for the midrange and the highs. Google auditioning speakers, and take some notes. Take some music you like and are familiar with and listen to the speakers that are in your price range. I also always suggest listening to ones under and over your budget, so you can hear the differences.
Did I mention go listen to some? When you hear some you like, research for reviews of the speakers so you can become comfortable with some of the terminology used in reviews. This can help if you are interested in a brand that you cannot personally audition. Many of the internet direct (ID) companies will allow you to audition at home for a period of time, usually 30 days, so if you don't find something you like to listen to at a store, you could go that route as well.