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However, once you eliminate the models that are no longer available, have reliability issues per Amazon customer reviews, or noticeable coloration, that narrows the list a bit. Thus, I was thinking a small pair of active monitors would probably provide more accurate sound quality and a much larger selection of models.
I've always enjoyed music. I played in band for 7 years, mixed audio for high school plays, took music appreciation in college for elective credit, and mixed church audio for 14 years. We have a pair of Maggies and before that a pair of Dahlquists.
Based on our enjoyment of Maggies, I was very interested in PC Mag's review of the Monsoon speakers. Unfortunately, they're no longer available.
I used to sell A/V consumer electronics for several years. I sold the following speaker brands: B&W, Boston Acoustic, Bang & Olufsen, Canton, Dahlquist, DCM, Klipsch, Magnapan, Polk, and Yamaha.
We currently have a 1-yr old 17" laptop w/Realtek HD Audio that we use for all the typical household computing tasks as well as live streaming of video - mostly news and comedy. We'd also like to use it for music. However, most laptops (ours included) have very sub-optimal built-in speakers. We are not into video gaming.
- Desktop (limited space - prefer active speakers instead of a desktop amp)
- Natural sound - no coloration
- Prefer that the critical voice range not be split between drivers that use dissimilar sound generation techniques (e.g., horn-loaded tweeter & direct-radiating woofer)
- Minimum diffraction
- Time / phase-aligned
- Very good transient response
- Non-resonant enclosure (e.g., not plastic like many PC speakers)
- No reliability issues (Life is too short.)
- 2.0 or 2.1
- Excellent value - B-stock or used is ok.
- Height - The laptop screen is 10" tall when tilted to the appropriate viewing angle.
- Width - Any narrow width active monitor will easily outperform the internal speakers. Larger woofers will obviously provide a deeper bass response. However, desktop real estate is limited and a sub-woofer could be added later if desired.
Since I've been out of the A/V business for many years I'd appreciate any recommendations. Thanks