Originally Posted by cdepaola
Originally Posted by Thunder240
Total cost is ~ 2000 (excluding phone/computer), and it sounds fantastic for blues/jazz as well as hip hop. .
The OP was looking to spend a MAX of $500...
Oops, I skipped over that part!
Here's an idea, but I'll preface it by saying i haven't heard this speaker myself, so don't construe this as a recommendation. The Pioneer SP-BS41 is being talked about by many as a fantastic budget speaker. For example, here is a review from Stereofile:
MSRP is 150 per pair, and I'm pretty sure that some of the stores like Fry's and Best Buy carry them, which means you can give them a listen first and decide if you like what you hear. Then, if you can find a used or clearance set for 100, spend 200 on a decent sub like the Energy 10.2, and you've got 200 leftover for the highest wattage integrated stereo amp you can find.