I can't seem to get a good sound out of the speakers that I use on my computer desk system. I wonder if LS3/5A monitors will help, as I have heard they are good for very-near-field listening.
My setup now includes:
Jungson DA-I200A power amp Parasound P3 preamp Consonance 120 Tuner.
My current speakers are Acoustic Energy bookshelf speakers, but they sound rather 'thin'. I have other systems with similar/lesser speakers/components that don't have this problem - for example, I am now listening to a Carver amp, Parasound Tuner, and Baby Advents, and they sound just fine.
So would LS 3/5A's or more modern equivalents such as Spendors or Harbeths help?
I couldn't be happier with my Audio Engine A5's paired with a single SVS SB12-Plus subwoofer. Smooth and natural highs that are never fatiguing and a fantastic midrange. Plus you don't need an amp and they image like never before.
Mark and Daniel Maximus Mini's make for first rate ultra near-field monitors. Exceptional sound quality, output, and range from these affordable tots.
Dynaudio Focus 110A's would be a good bet if you were up for disregarding your amp. A passive set of Focus 110's would also be good, although you have to be mindful of placing them real close to walls.
Meadowlark Swallow's - if you can find a set used. Warning, the company hasn't been around in awhile so there's no support. Great speakers though.
Finally, on the pricier side of town - we have the Guru QM-10. Exceptional monitors that deliver the hi-fi good's in spades and best of all, can work well against walls and in both near-field and mid-field apps.
Whatever you end up with, be it my suggestions or something else entirely - I hope you end up finding what you're looking for.
ATC 16As. These were developed for professional studios. You can buy them for approximately $2,800 and they are actives, so you get the amp as well. ATC is found in over 1,000 professional studio environments.
If you want the classic KEF driver BBC sound, I would recommend the new mini monitor by Spendor called the A1. I owned the original KEFs and this is as close to obtaining their sound in over two decades of waiting.
For a desktop system I would buy a speaker setup that is designed specifically for that purpose. I'm moving into a new house and loosing my audio room for the time being. So, I'm looking into building a desktop system too.
I have a pair of Acoustic Adagios which cost 5 times what these cost. I just hooked these back up and I still love them. They are an older design, kind of ugly and relatively unknown and yet anyone who ever owned a pair regrets they ever sold them. I never will.
I just went to 2 audio stores and listened to the Regas and to JM Labs.... I was nice to the guy there, but all I could keep thinking was that these things sound like crap compared to my Sequerras.
NHT M-OO, if you can find them, are an excellent powered computer speaker. They were designed to perform as console monitors in recording studios so they are meant for near field listening and intense scrutiny. Nothing I've heard comes close.
Think the Roger's would be a bad choice for your application. While I admire them and the Sequerra's, too, I think there are better recommendations above. Those speaks need some space to develop to their potential and some substantial power in that case. Explore self powered speaks.
If you like low level detail and high quality bass from a small package. Designing for mixing, the front port and EQ make them usable in any room.
Two-three times the price of Audioengine A5, which I had a pair, but they sound like it. I like my son's Dynaudio BM5A Esotec, but have been very pleased with how easy it is to listen to the Al tweeter.
I guess the tweeter is a step down from the Be but it's still sweet. Less boomy and easier to place than the Dyns which have a rear port.
Best desktop sound I've ever had (that actually fits on a desktop).