I'm considering at least getting into the process of looking for a new set of bookshelves. I'm on a set of Alesis Monitor One's right now; I've loved them from the beginning, but throughout the past year, I have upgraded source and amplification components to the point that they are now the weak link.
Now, this is a desktop setup with the speakers on stands in front of the desk, above desk height (tweeters at ear level). Sounds strange, I know. Below is a picture of the situation as it stands.
The issue i'm having when looking into new bookshelves is the extra variable of "nearfield listening". I'm usure of which speakers are well suited to being in close proximity to the listener. What qualities should I be looking for in a speaker here? Small space between woofer and tweeter (reduction of phase issues?)? Small cabinets? I dunno... It seems like these are the situations where point source systems would be ideal.
If you feel like throwing out any reccomendations, I'm all ears. My budget is around the $500 mark (but likely less) depending on what levels of fidelity I can ultimately acheive.