Another reason to consider the bookshelf speakers is that you'll probably be moving around a lot in the next few years. Move to the dorm, move home for summer, move to an apartment, move to a different apartment, buy a house, on and on. For me, it was all that, plus a move to grad school, then back to parents, then another house, then Morocco for work, then parents with half our stuff in storage, and now another house. I'm at 16 moves in 12 years. I've had the P153s and a Dayton dta-100 amp for a couple years, and it's miles ahead of the Logitech computer speakers most people travel with.