Originally Posted by Redmist
Speaker club, I need your help. I'm looking to buy a set of speakers at the ~$120 pricepoint, so far I'm looking at the M-Audio AV30 or AV40, Swan M10, and Behringer MS16. Any help deciding between these, or additional suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
They'll be used solely for listening to music while I study (I loathe speakers for gaming). I mostly listen to Instrumental/Post-Rock/Ambient music, plus a little bit of Dubstep.
I suggest my setup on that price point.
Dayton DTA-100a mini amp $100
Dayton B652 Bookshelfs $35
This setup will allow you to add WHATEVER speakers you want to later if you want better (like the Polks below as an example), you can add a subwoofer to it easily later, and still use the same volume knob (unlike powered monitors), and its also a headphones amp too.
Make sure you've got a good sound card though, as its fully analogue. I noticed a huge difference from a receiver to that mini amp in clarity. Sound card is one of my next things on my list on my SB build because of that setup.
Those are passive speakers. All the speakers he listed are active, so its very unlikely he has an amp already.
Those are okay speakers though, but if he doesn't have an amp / receiver already then its going to break the budget by adding one in.