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Been thinking about getting a pair of bookshelf speakers for my desktop. Budget is $300 or less. Big desk, but speakers will still be close about 3-4 feet away from ears. Will probably stick with passive bookshelf instead of active in case amp craps out. I would prefer a mostly flat frequency, do not want piercing highs at this nearfield close range. May eventually add a dayton subwoofer, but wifey no likey boom boom and my room room right next to her office.

Some choices I'm thinking of: pioneer sp-bs22-lr, behringer b2030p or b2031p, ascend cbm-170se

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Do you have a amp/receiver to connect these speakers?

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Yeah, I have an amp already. Just using an old sony amp that used to drive a crappy 5.0 sony pro logic system. It should drive two speakers okay. Right now using the sony speakers and they are terrible, nearfield or farfield. I just need the bookshelf speakers. If active speakers are much better I might consider, but they add a lot to the price and I'm on a tight budget too.
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I use the CBM-170 SEs in my desktop setup in my home office. They have a fairly neutral response (I find them non-fatiguing) and have been better nearfield than other speakers I have tried (Energy RC-10, Energy V5.1, and Cambridge Audio S30). Good transient response.

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I believe I've heard somebody else mention that the ascend 170's are good at nearfield which is why I listed them. Always been interested in hearing ascends but never got a chance to. Almost went with a full ascend set up or kef q series for my living room but decided to save money. Nice to hear that it's non fatiguing at close range.
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I know you mentioned passive speakers, but the Emotiva Airmotiv 4 are on sale right now and would be an excellent choice at $300, just to give you an example of a good alternative.

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/speakers/products/airmotiv4

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I'll check those emotiva. I remember many touting the behringer b2030p and b2031p being really good for the money. Did the hype die down on those?
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I've heard the Airmotiv 4s. I like them. Great powered speaker for $300. But I think the CBM-170s are definitely a notch up. Midbass is tighter on the Airmotivs. Afterall, 6.5" driver vs. 4" driver. The 170s just have great resolving mids, too.

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I'll check those emotiva. I remember many touting the behringer b2030p and b2031p being really good for the money. Did the hype die down on those?

They are still a very good option, definitely on the bigger side of things so if you have the space they might be a good choice.

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