I am in the same boat as v12, as I have been comparing the companion 20's and companion 3 series 2 $229 and $259 respectively. I have space constraints so cannot simply add an amplifier. I have been comparing computer (powered) speakers for some time now and haven't found anything that sounds as good in this price range. Besides Logitech, no one but Bose is brave enough to even let you test their speakers sound and the Logitech 623's tend to sound muddy. Truth be told, if I had the 4-500 dollars to spend, I would not hesitate to go with Audioengine 5's.