Advice for killer desktop speakers

I am looking to upgrade my desktop listening experience and could use the advice of the community. Is there anything in the same price range as the Audioengine 5+ that I should consider? The Audioengines seem to be the consensus choice, but am unsure if this is just online hype and inertia. I do not want a subwoofer and I do not have enough desk space to go any bigger than the Audioengine 5. I tried using a pair of Kef Q150 speakers paired with a Dayton Audio APA 150 amp, but the speakers are just too big for my desk.  I think i would prefer to have powered speakers for the simplicity and utilize the Dayton in another room. I  normally listen at moderate volumes and need them to sound good at relatively low levels.  Any suggestions?

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Thanks everyone for the thoughtful advice and myriad options.  The comments have sent me on a tangent of considering high efficiency  SET friendly speakers for my desktop.  I was looking at the Blumenstein Marlin 3".  Has anyone heard these or anything similar  that will fit on my desktop?  Depth of the speaker cabinet seems to be a  problem for me in that i don't think it can be more than 9" and still fit on my desk.  
Has anyone used Tannoy Revolution XT Mini monitors on their desktop?
Totem Mites?
They would be powered with a DaytonAudio APA 150 amp and Schiit Fulla DAC.

Or get the Audioengine A5+ and use the Dayton in another room?