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upgrade pc speakers to powered studio monitors

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My home office has 2 computers that share one set of cheap computer speakers. To accomplish this, I purchased a Behringer Xenyx 802 Premium 8-Input 2-Bus Mixer. The 2 computers input into mixer via 1/8" to 1/4" Y Cable. The cheap set of computer speakers plug into the phones OUT on the mixer with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter.

I'm looking to upgrade the computer speakers that I'm using and need some advice. I don't have room for a receiver to power a set of stereo speakers. After doing some research, it looks like I should pick up a pair of powered studio monitors. Am I going the right direction? If so, what type input should I be seeking to plug into the mixer? The mixer has open slots for a single 1/4" phones out, left and right 1/4" main out, or left and right CD/Tape RCA output. Can someone also point out some good powered studio monitors for under $250?
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I may have answered my own question here. I read good things about the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 AV40 Studio Desktop Speakers. I saw them for $150 bucks on ebay. Is this a good idea? If so, is it worth it to pick up a TRS (1/4") connector cable vs the RCA cable it comes with to plug into the mixer?
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You could also consider a small desktop amp like the Parts Express DTA-100a. I would broaden your options.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-383
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