Getting new speakers, but i don't know where to start
Hi, I'm buying new speakers for my graduation present. I have 900 dollars but I would much rather spend around 500 on a decent set of speakers (I'm no stereophile).
I have an HP laptop which is my workhorse and is huge. That already has a set of 2.1 speakers (Antec Soundscience; got 'em for 80 which is a steal!). However, I cannot concentrate when music is played directly in front of me. I've been studying in coffee shops for my big exam, and I realized I like ambient music so much better...not in my face and it induces me to concentrate and relax rather than get distracted. So this is what I want from my speakers...while I study on my desk or use my HP, I want music playing in a much farther distance and not in front of me.
I have a Macbook air and a Nexus tablet for potential music sources. It'll be most likely in my room (quite small) or the living room of my new place (probably will be small as well)
Music I listen to: rock, EDM, pop, jazz, classical
a) Should I go bluetooth or not? I know it's probably convenient, but at the same time, I do not want to sacrifice quality. 500 for bluetooth is pushing it, or no?
a1) If yes, what bluetooth speakers do you recommend?
b) If I go the direct connection route, what components do I need, and what speakers do you all recommend? Clarity, soundstage, and how "crisp" it is above all things. Bass would be nice, but not a priority at all.
Thanks! I would appreciate any feedback!