Hi. This is my first post.
I'm a law student. I spend between 10-16 hours in my home office, 7 days per week, listening to music while studying. I have a nice collection of classical music CDs. I currently play the CDs on my laptop and listen through Koss Porta-Pro headphones. I'm getting quite tired of wearing headphones for hours on end, so I'd like to get an actual stereo system. My office is a small (8x8), carpeted room. I don't have space for a full-sized stereo system, so I was considering a small system (e.g., a "bookshelf" or tabletop system). Internet/Ipod compatibility is not important to me; though it would be nice--but certainly not necessary--to be able connect the system to my laptop for better quality sound when I stream a movie. I can spend no more than $400.
I was considering the following:
- Yamaha MCR-040DG Micro Component System (http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-MCR-040DG-Micro-Component-System/dp/B002UXQKG8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1325444437&sr=8-3)
- An Onkyo Mini System, though I'm not sure which one has the best sound quality (http://www.us.onkyo.com/prod_class.cfm?class=Audiosys&Source=sidemenu)
- Denon Dm38 (http://usa.denon.com/US/Product/Pages/ProductLanding.aspx?PCatId=AudioComponents(DenonNA)&catalog=DenonNA_US&CatId=ShelfSystem(DenonNA))
Are these good options? It seems like a lot of the reviews are written by people listening to pop/rock, or by people who's only concern is hard-hitting bass. I listen to symphonic works, chamber music, concertos, and string quartets. Ocassionly, I'll listen to choral works or jazz (e.g., Davis, Guraldi, Parker, Mingus).
I've been looking for a few months and have been unable to decide. What's my best option? Should I take a different route entirely, such as PC speakers?