Originally Posted by Zero4549
You could always make yourself some vertical tube speakers. Cheap, compact, and (assuming a little bit of craftsmanship) stylish.
Would beat most "computer speakers" in price and quality, and you could even toss in a small sub to fill in the bass and stay within budget.
Of course, at that point you are back to the "too much effort" arguement.
I'm going to stick by my initial statement, go with what you are comfortable with.
There will be better options, but for your usage, they are not necessary, and if you aren't comfortable with them, you will drive yourself batty trying to find flaws and not actually enjoy them.
I have no issues making whatever needs to be made, I just don't know anything about audio and unsure of exactly what it is I should be making, out of what, and what are the do's and don'ts. I don't mind putting effort in as long as it will be worth it. I have more than enough tools, mdf, aluminum, stainless, plastic, etc to make whatever needs to be made.
I'm by no means in a rush to upgrade things, I would just like to have more than a single crappy speaker at some point, lol. I just don't want to waste money, which is why I set the limit to around $200. Figure that price is more than reasonable given the goals I am after and given what I will be listening to. I wouldn't even mind spending more, I just don't think it would be worth it given the source of the audio.
Originally Posted by cuad
You could by something like a Tascam US-144MKII or a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2. You can connect 2.0 RCA speakers and headphones to both, and both have separate volume knobs for each, so you can mute one and listen to the other when you want, though I'm not sure if you can actually do that since I've never tried. These things are made for recording, so you can look at the XLR ports as a sweet bonus if you ever want to get a ballin' microphone.
Thanks, I'll check those out.
Microphone will never, ever be added though. haha. Nice to know I could if need though I suppose.