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Hello all,

I got a new job and now do a lot of traveling and spend a lot of time in hotels for extended periods like two months here, 3-4 there. I have been looking around for an upgrade to my crappy $20 HP speakers I currently use.

I have a budget of $150-200 but the cheaper the better.
I care more about sound quality than loudness or subs blasting out windows.
My main use would be for Netflix/Hulu, but I also listen to a lot of live music (DMB).

So far I am leaning towards getting the Swan M10's.

I am open to any other suggestions, thanks.
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The Swans look like a very good deal. Keep in mind that they weigh 11 pounds. Have you considered a decent pair of headphones instead of powered speakers for traveling?
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The Swans look like a very good deal. Keep in mind that they weigh 11 pounds. Have you considered a decent pair of headphones instead of powered speakers for traveling?

Thanks for the reply. I have a couple year old pair of Grado SR 225's that I use as my all the time headphones. The main reason I am looking at a small powered speaker set is to be able to move around and not use the headphones when I am just in the room. So besides moving them from place to place every few months I don't think they will be that big of a hassle.
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M-audio Studiophile AV40's? or the KRK Rokit Powered 5's? or Audioengine A2's. One of them is they way I would go.
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I use the Audioengine A2 speakers, and I recommend them; excellent sound quality for their size.
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M-audio Studiophile AV40's? or the KRK Rokit Powered 5's? or Audioengine A2's. One of them is they way I would go.

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I use the Audioengine A2 speakers, and I recommend them; excellent sound quality for their size.

Interesting any particular reason I should look at a 2.0 monitor system over a 2.1 multimedia system? (besides having one less thing to move)
I listen to a lot of live fan recordings of concerts so I am not sure I would want to hear every imperfection in the recording/mixing. I think I would rather have the coloring from a set of multimedia speakers.
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Interesting any particular reason I should look at a 2.0 monitor system over a 2.1 multimedia system? (besides having one less thing to move)
I listen to a lot of live fan recordings of concerts so I am not sure I would want to hear every imperfection in the recording/mixing. I think I would rather have the coloring from a set of multimedia speakers.
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They sound a lot better/fuller. I like 2 good quality speakers over 2 tiny speakers and a sub. A 2.1 will have more sub bass but thats it. It is kinda like having a sub and bookshelves vs 2 nice tower speakers.

A crappy recording is always going to sound crappy even if played on horrible speakers it will sound muffled and not as harsh but still crappy, if its to harsh turn the treble/upper mids down in a eq (the rokits you can turn the tweeter down1-3db) or put a sheet over the speakers or something (I would suggest the optional protective grill on the KRK's or A2's for travel, I think the AV40's come with it.

You said "I care more about sound quality than loudness or subs blasting out windows." but I think you are worrying to much they are very balanced speaker. They are monitors but the 3 listed are more balanced and not as analytical as you are thinking there not like Grado Headphones or Yamaha NS10's or what have you.

Although that 2.1 you listed looks pretty nice but I don't know anything about it. I just haven't been happy with 2.1 systems lately.

http://reviews.cnet.com/best-pc-speakers/
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Pioneer SP-BS21-LR (promo code EMCNANF72 for $50 off) with a Lepai t-amp. Then down the road, you can add a sub or get a more powerful amplifier (if you need it).

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Looks like I have a lot more to consider. I will have to do some more research.

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Pioneer SP-BS21-LR (promo code EMCNANF72 for $50 off) with a Lepai t-amp. Then down the road, you can add a sub or get a more powerful amplifier (if you need it).
Yeah but he wants to take this around to hotel rooms and stuff. I think the less stuff the better but I guess he could make some sorta case or box to carry every thing in.
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Yeah but he wants to take this around to hotel rooms and stuff. I think the less stuff the better but I guess he could make some sorta case or box to carry every thing in.

For 2 to 3 month stays or more at a time, carrying speakers and a little amp in a box wouldn't be so bad.

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I have a budget of $150-200 but the cheaper the better.
I care more about sound quality than loudness or subs blasting out windows.
My main use would be for Netflix/Hulu, but I also listen to a lot of live music (DMB).

So far I am leaning towards getting the Swan M10's.

I am open to any other suggestions, thanks.

I would look at the Swan D1080
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?loudspeakers=swan-active-desktop-sound&p=swan-d1080-iv-active-desktop-loudspeaker-system&cPath=21_24&products_id=200&osCsid=dfc8b18eb473dab6373a8ee2734f16d4

As for as passive speakers, I would look at the Pioneer BS22 speakers >
$99 a pair at Tigerdirect.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3381565&CatId=5689
And this Audiosource amp
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=302-654

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For 2 to 3 month stays or more at a time, carrying speakers and a little amp in a box wouldn't be so bad.

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And, I have handled regular receivers and big bookshelf speakers in motels.
It is interesting, when you have a room next to the Manager's office.smile.gif

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