weeellll whats your budget, any idea what kind of sound your going for, only sources turntable and computer? What kind of music?
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I agree that a pair of good active monitors can be a great economical solution. I'm currently using a pair of Quad 12L actives in one of my systems and they are very good. They don't need a sub (in my system, for my preferences) and they don't sound overly bright like some studio monitors I've heard.
I don't have much of a budget, however I would like to keep it as low as possible as I am just starting out. For starters right now i'll just be playing the music off of my laptop, but am going to get a player soon, and then hopefully a turntable.
As far as sound I'm not really sure. I like vocals and instrumental, and I also Don't like too much bass.
Thanks for the input so far!
AudioEngine are really nice active speakers (so they are simple to run off the laptop) at amazing prices. I have the A2 and my Quad 2805s are of course a lot better, but they should be at 40 times the price.
Pick the A2 ($199) or A5 ($349) depending on your budget and space, I think you will be happy with either. Such small speakers do of course have limited bass, but you should be OK with that.
The finish is also really nice, the kind of speaker that a spouse would be OK with.
For that kind of money there are many choices. Check the forums or start a new thread. "Best bookshelf monitor under $1000 new or used." Remember you will need amplification like a small integrated with phono stage if you are planning on vinyl. There will be more choices without phono stage. A Phono stage could be added later. Consider this with your budget.