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Should I keep my NAD 7130 and go with Passive speakers, or ditch it and go powered?

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Looking to physically downsize my speakers, currently using two SB-4500A Technics by Panasonic but they are just taking up too much space (and one tweeter doesn't work).

I have this paired with a NAD 7130 that I enjoy the sound of.

I'm wondering if it's worth it to keep using it and get some passive speakers, or should I ditch it and get some powered speakers?

If I could also get some recommendations for each scenario, that'd be great too. Currently I'm thinking possibly the AE P4

I'd like to budget ~$200 for speakers. If it's worth it, I can budget an additional amount for a sound card.

I should also add I'd like to eventually make it a 2.1 system.
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Depends what your primary focus is, audio quality or convenience. The majority of the value of components in powered speakers are the amplifier and active EQ/DSP. The majority of the value of passive speakers are in its drivers, for any particular budget.
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if it was me

I'd get new passive speakers and keep the NAD


a couple ideas for small speakers that should be pretty nice and right about right budget wise

Polk Monitor 30 II $90 (polk direct fr ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Monitor-30-Series-II-Speakers-CHERRY-Polk-Audio-NEW-PAIR-/360644855255?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item53f81bc5d7

Mordaunt Short Carnival I $99
http://www.accessories4less.com/index.php?page=item&id=MORDCARN1CAL&gclid=CPf_y_PBqLcCFaaDQgod0WEAlQ

and slightly over budget cambridge audio S30
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004DAN3GQ


my personal order of preference would probably be S30, carnival I and then the polk's
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