Hello everyone. This is my first post at AVS, and I hope to learn a lot from the community here. I've been reading several threads on this forum (ironically, some of them were Bose-bashing threads), and found that this would be the best website to have my inquiries answered. I'm more familiar with Head-Fi, but I didn't think questions about speakers would be appropriate there.
I'm new to audiophilia. Although I'm on a quest for better sound, my ears had long been accustomed to car speakers and iPod earbuds (until I purchased the Koss KSC75 headphones and realized there is much better sound to be had beyond those earbuds). I read up some reviews about the cheap Lepai amp + Dayton B652 combo, and ended up buying just the amp to try out with some bookshelf speakers laying around my house. Even though I'm not a basshead, I found them lacking in bass. I recently received a pair of Bose 301 series II's from my dad who bought them in some estate sale. I hooked them up to the amp -- I was surprised at how well the amp was driving them. This time I found that the bass is there, but the high end is lacking (I did a full frequency sweep and recorded a response somewhere along the lines of 50Hz-16KHz).
I would like to know if there's anything better than these Bose 301's I can have for under $100, new or used. I'm a college student, so my budget is very limited, though I hope to change that. Since I'm after neutral/slightly warm sound, I would rather not add a subwoofer, but I'm open to any recommendation.
Thank you in advance for your input.