NHT M00 active monitors w 75 wpc amp built in. Well worth the used price and designed to integrate w a sub.
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IME, they're all over the board (pardon the pun). I don't know the DSM specifically, but M-Audio is generally solid (not great) and a very good value. I have a pair in my kitchen attached to a Sonos wireless distributed music system. They're on when my wife and I are preparing dinner and they're fine for that task.
OTOH, something like Lipinski is much more than merely a solid performer, but not nearly as striking a value. I like the NHTs quite a lot at the price, Mackie and Samson much less. To be fair, the Mackie and Samson systems/set-ups I've heard have been less favorable, so a grain of salt is in order to accompany that judgement.
I love the little Quad 9Ls. I have them and they are very natural. I use them on my computer. I also have the bigger 12Ls, also very nice nearfield with deeper bass and more depth in the soundstage. I feel no need to look further than the Quad actives for desktop listening.
I also have the Swans, but like the Quads better, with sweeter highs and a more coherent sound.
If money is a serious considerations, I would get the Quad 9Ls,
maybe used, and not think twice, unless you are a bass-head.
At your price point, I suggest the JBL LSR2300 series and the KRK Rockits. Many choices to choose from: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Studio-Monitors/ci/8617/N/4294550597
I believe you can find the Rockits at your local Best Buy and the JBLs at many "music" stores.
I use "studio monitors" in both my main system (JBL LSR4300 series) and my work desktop system (KRK VXT6). I'm a huge fan.