This is my first post here. Hopefully I've chosen the correct forum to place this question. I need some help from an audiophile, someone as particular about sound quality as I am.
I bought a set of Swans M12 speakers from parts-express.com. After listening to them for about two weeks I noticed a slight buzzing from the subwoofer (the speaker element itself) so I obtained an RMA and sent those back. They had them for a week, but didn't ship any replacements. After 4 emails from me I finally found out why; they didn't have any more to send out! Apparently, they knowingly took my speakers without having the professionalism or courtesy to tell me I was never going to get anything in return because the M12's had been discontinued (I did get a refund, of course). Terribly inappropriate, to say the least. However, that now presents me with a rather significant quandary; I need something just as good to replace them, which has thus far proven impossible to locate. In the US, anyway.
I used the M12's strictly for music, hooked up primarily to a CD/MP3 player and my laptop. Although they're at the low end of the Swans speaker line they displayed a surprising amount of clarity and detail, with an uncharacteristically sharp sense of imaging. Because of that I've been spoiled and now find myself not satisfied with anything else I've heard.
The space I have is somewhat limited, so I can't purchase anything large. That means no 6.5" subwoofers, or 12" tall satellites. I want a 2.1 system -- as opposed to a 2.0 system -- because I enjoy hearing bass. I'm not a fan of booming or muddy low end though, it has to be clean and clear sound.
Logitech, Altech Lansing, Cyber Acoustics, Klipsch, Creative all make 2.1 systems, and I've auditioned a number of those, but none of them sound as crisp as I'd like. I've seen the Eagles, and they certainly look nice, but I have no idea about their sound. I've also run across Edifier, but few of those are sold in this country it seems. And the ones that are have subwoofer cabinets which are probably too big for the space I have. I've also read far more then one negative post about quality issues, which is an obvious concern.
I know Swans has the M10, but I'm definitely not a fan of it's appearance. That, coupled with the fact the sub is too weak for placement on the floor means the M10 won't work. The M20 certainly looks nice, but I can't find that anyplace. I'm not a Bose fan either -- I personally feel they cost a premium due more to their name then the sound they produce -- so those are out as well. Acoustic Energy used to make the AEGO M, which would have worked, but it appears to be discontinued. Emails sent to AE have gone unanswered.
The thought of active monitors has also crossed my mind -- and I have investigated them rather extensively -- but they're either too large or expensive for my budget. Plus, a lot of them seem to roll off around 50-60Hz, which is a little too high for me.
In essence, the BS from parts-express.com has put me in a very bad position, which is why I'm turning to you folks. I've been lurking for a while now and have seen quite a number of insightful posts, so I'm hoping one of you can point me to something I may have missed. My needs are a follows (in no particular order):
** 2.1 system
** relatively small satellites and subwoofer
** crystal clear sound (monitor-esque, if you will)
** sub has to be capable of being on the floor
** good name brand manufacturer
** less then $250
I did search the forum for old posts, but was unable to find many systems I wasn't already aware of. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. TIA...