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Help on speaker selection 2.0/2.1 ! Edifier R1600Τ/ M-Audio Studiophile Av40/ Audioengine 2

Hello guys,
I am a keen music listener and I enjoy listening to all kinds of music but especially jazz, classical and rock. I am searching for a new pair of speakers which I will connect to my desktop computer.

I have noticed that most pc speakers offer poor sound quality and I would love to go for something better.

For the time being I am looking into something relatively compact but I am also trying to look into bigger, 2.1 sound systems but no more than that.

My budget is relatively low, 70-110$ but at this period everyone struggles over money and I can't afford any more than that unfortunately.

I found some nice monitor speakers and I would love to hear your opinion:

1.Behringer Monitor MS16
2.Edifier R1600Τ
3.M-Audio Studiophile Av40
4.Audioengine 2
5.Cambridge Soundworks 2.1 (Used set at this time!)

I know they are not professional speakers, but as I said I am just a home user who just enjoys to listen to music!

Your help is much appreciated,thank you!

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Just to make things even more

Just to make things even more challenging I have to add Edifier R2000T speakers to the list as well as Q Acoustics 2020, which if I am not mistaken is a pair so I will have to get some decent amp along with them!

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  There is nothing special

 

There is nothing special about computer speakers, other than they are usually made of plastic and have terrible built in amplifiers. 

 

I'm going to suggest you just hook up any old stereo receiver and a set of normal speakers.

You probably already have this stuff sitting around your house. 

 

Even an old 70s receiver and a pair of bookshelf speakers is going to sound better than 99% of the "computer" speakers out there. 

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One more thing

You will need this cable to hook your computer to your receiver:

 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id...

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of the speakers you mention

of the speakers you mention I've just heard two.  I like the AudioEngine 2's.  I heard the M-Audios in a different setting and didn't like them as much, tho it was not a direct comparison.  The A2's also have an upgrade path, you can add their matching subwoofer later if you want.

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preferences are personal

You should listen to your candidate speakers, if at all possible, before making a commitment. This is especially true for speaker selection. Many dealers offer free trial periods; so even if you pay return shipping, it is worth it to get something you like. First read reviews and online forums (fori?) to get an idea what the differences others hear amoungst the most popular models.

There is difference though for "computer" speakers as opposed to "normal" listening room speakers. In this situation you will be listening closer, in the near field. And the ear position is well defined in terms of directionality requirements. For high quality sound this puts you in the domain of desktop studio monitors. And for computer use a built in amp is convenient, and such speakers are usually biamped for two drivers, and also well matched to the particular drivers. Also, these type monitors often have adjustable boost filters to help compensate for the "desk bounce" that normally creates a dip in the spectrum.

I hope this provides a little guidance.

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