Great input guys! really interesting. thanks!
The Klipsch Promedia 2.1 is a great choice for $150, I would say they're the best you can do for that price. I've had them for over 7 years and still think they're great. I just bought a pair of M-Audio BX8 D2s and absolutely love them, if you need need bass (below 30Hz) for electronic music or hip hop get the Promedias, no 2.0 system is going to cut it and you won't be able to get a decent sub for less than $200.
By the way I think you're confused about the BX8s, they're $250 each so it's $500 for a stereo pair of them.
I think its really being sold for 250$ / pair. Its on amazon!
I still think option C is better. Get the Audioengine A2's as no speakers close to that price range will touch them. They sound better then the Klipsch hands down. Sure the Klips will have a sub but just remember you get what you pay for. There is a reason the Klips include a sub around the same price as the A2's by themself.
I haven't really heard A2 but incase I won't be satisfied with the bass, then I would be getting a subwoofer, and that would mean I could get a better speaker right? Like Bx5a perhaps for 150$?
Are you in the states? If so, I'd suggest a Dayton setup from Parts Express (also on Amazon I believe).
Add in 50 feet of 16 gauge speaker wire, and a 3.5mm to RCA cable. You'll be out about $250, but you won't beat it for a 2.1 setup in that price range. Plus you'll be 110% future proof with it. You could add in whatever bookshelfs you wanted later, or whatever subwoofer you wanted later, and not have to worry about it. Although just the base setup alone is pretty darn good.
Going with an active set of 2.0's plus a seperate subwoofer will be very VERY hard to do, as you'll be limited to Windows to control the volume. You'd set the speakers + subwoofer seperately at max volume (so that they match sound wise, but max), and then use Windows to turn it down from there.
With the above Dayton setup, you'll have an actual desktop volume control which is nice.
The only other way to do a desktop volume control would be regular old 2.1 or 2.0 only (not adding onto them). And all of the options for 2.1 suck for $250 in comparison to a custom built set.
Thanks for recommendations, highly appreciate it. Sadly I don't leave in the states and getting it might be hard. But I'll look into that too.
Just wanna ask why is it hard if I get an active speaker + separate woofer? I mean setting the volume of the speaker and woofer to max then managing the volume on the desktop with the asus software that comes with the sound card should be easy right??.. Or I'm missing some point.
If you don't like that route, the BX5A's are active so you won't need to buy an amplifier. They can also hold their own without a subwoofer for a while. 150 for a pair. Then you could immediately throw in for a Dayton Sub 80 and be done or save up more for a better subwoofer. Need to buy the appropriate cables too. I think the BX5A's are either Balanced XLR or TSR.
This is what I initially thought I should go for. But fantastic replies on these topic got me into thinking...
Do you agree that Bx5A would be a better speaker than A2 if I buy a separate woofer?
Can you recommend a nice woofer probably under 200$ too?
Thanks for the reply btw.
Also a good idea, going for higher end bookshelfs + amp now, and a subwoofer later. I wouldn't personally suggest a 2.0 active set though, with the intention of upgrading later, as its too much of a hassle to make it work right.
Whatever you do, with this kind of budget, go for a used receiver or the DTA-100a, and some bookshelf speakers. Get a subwoofer with cheaper bookshelfs now, or buy more expensive bookshelfs and add a subwoofer later. Your choice there.
Sorry might be asking too much but this is a nice idea, can you recommend some products on these options? Thanks!