Hi all, I'm looking to put together a simple 2 channel system for listening to music in my apartment living room, which is 12x20 feet.
I think i've already settled on the Emotiva mini-X a-100 as the amplifier. I will be playing mostly 2 channel audio from a digital source like computer and mp3 player, but have plans for adding a turntable/vinyl in the future as well. Now I just need to pick out some speakers.
I have a budget of about $400 max for the pair. My plan is to get a pair of bookshelf speakers that i can place on stands that will sound good by themselves right now, and then maybe 6 months to 1 year down the road add a subwoofer to to round out the bottom end. I've looked at the Arx A1b, as well as the Axiom M2v3 and M3v3, as these all seem to keep popping up in budget conscious threads, but am definitely open to any suggestions. The axiom m3 seemed more appropriate to me because of the larger driver, but i never seem to see that one recommended, only the smaller m2?
My main concern is finding a pair that will sound great on its own, specifically the bass response, as it could be a while before I add a sub, or possibly forego the sub all together (though that's not likely).
In addition, a faux wood grain finish would be a definite plus (real wood is not possible at this price point is it?), as aesthetics is a concern... as reference point i think the Arx A1b's are not very attractive at all.
Also I think it is worth noting that I currently tend to listen to a lot of electronic based music, but I do appreciate balanced sound. I would hope for speakers that could excel at this type of music but be equally at home playing something like Jack White's new album.
One last bit of info. This system will be an upgrade over one of those $80 5.1 in a box systems from logitech they sell to connect to your computer. The satellite speakers are all plastic enclosures, lack tweeters, and the 6 inch sub is loud enough, but way too boomy and draws attention to itself. I've had that for the last 5 years and want a more mature looking and sounding system.
So, am i on the right track with the axioms or Arx, or can you recommend some that I'm missing completely?
Thanks in advance!