Looking for advise on small monitors and bookshelves that are capable of playing rock music well and with some volume. Will be connected to a modded mac mini with linear power supply. Any amps recommended for the speaker advice will be appreciated. Happy Upcoming Holidays to all!!
Linn Katan, is a great value and will do what you want. That said, knowing your budget would inform the question. Other posters' suggestion to go active is a good one. The Linn can go active, but is also really good without.
since no budget I'd go dynaudio C1 for the expensive and era d5 for the budget. thats $7k to 1K. both stand up to rock much better than you would suspect. good bass on both. both need a bit of room but what the heck you can trade perfect position for some slam.
check out the Ascend Acoustic Sierra 1...damn great little speaker...can be upgraded to the Sierra 2... that has a new woofer and Raal ribbon... i do own the Sierra 1 and love it....with all the rock and fusion that i play...this is a speaker you should at least take a listen too.
prices vary on finish around 948.per pair Sierra 1 1560. per pair of the Sierra 2
I was going to suggest Silverline Minuets but then I saw your budget (they currently retail for only $800 I think). Excellent little speakers that can fill a medium sized room. They are rear ported and if you put them near a wall you can get a surprising amount of bass from a 4-inch driver in a small box. You might want to check out some of the larger, more expensive Silverline monitors.
One of the best small speakers I've had were PSB M2 Platinums. Great speaker for rock along with a good sub it is one compact system that performs like a big system.
I have since replaced them with a pair of Revel M106 which sound phenomenal, they just don't rock out quite as loud. These speakers with my REL R305 is a kick ass little system.
These are the only two small speakers I could run full range that produced decent bass. With just the right amount of sub at under 60 Hz these speakers sound much bigger than they are without the sub calling attention to itself.
Movies and BluRay concerts sound very convincing in 2.1 through the Revel /REL combo.