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IMHO, getting the mid-range as accurate as possible is the foremost trait to look for in any low cost speaker. As such, I second AudioEngine A2's.
Based on Sterophile's review, plus a friend's experiences with them, the A2's would be my choice.
Sterophile's review among others can be found here:
I first used Roland monitors and then went to M-Audio monitors for my speakers. While I'm not a basshead, the dearth of significant bass started to really bother me over time. Overall though, if I were to have bought a 2.0 system, the A2's would have been the ones.
I've heard some positive reviews of the Swans M10's, but I don't think they're better than the setup I already mentioned.