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I'm looking for some suggestions on a nice set of PC speakers, mostly for music and movies. I don't want anything that requires a separate amp and I'm looking to spend less than $150.

All I have found so far is a pair of Mackie speakers [amazon.com]. But, I have never heard of them and some people say the bass isn't great. Bass isn't mega important, but I mostly listen to alt rock, 90s rock, and stuff like that so I would like to get a fairly full range of sound.

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AudioEngine A2s. You can add a sub if desired. Best PC speakers for the money I have seen and outstanding for classical music. Can't speak to the other types of music but I can't imagine there would be a problem. They normally go for around $200 but you might be able to get them on a sale or used from Ebay for less.
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AudioEngine A2s. You can add a sub if desired. Best PC speakers for the money I have seen and outstanding for classical music. Can't speak to the other types of music but I can't imagine there would be a problem. They normally go for around $200 but you might be able to get them on a sale or used from Ebay for less.
Those look nice, but I really don't need the line out. The computer has a Realtek ALC892 on board, so I have plenty of outputs if I need more. I am unable to find any comparison between the A2 or A2+ vs the Mackies. Also, the price on the A2 and A2+ is a little more than I want to spend.
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Those look nice, but I really don't need the line out. The computer has a Realtek ALC892 on board, so I have plenty of outputs if I need more. I am unable to find any comparison between the A2 or A2+ vs the Mackies. Also, the price on the A2 and A2+ is a little more than I want to spend.

The A2+ has an output. The A2 does not. You can connect a sub to the input b line though on the A2s so you can go 2.1. The A2+ came out more recently (2 years ago) and are basically an upgrade of the A2 with the same design.

http://www.cnet.com/products/audi...lus-white/

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2...355,00.asp


The A2+ costs 50 dollars more than the older model A2s generally. They are an upgrade and if I were buying now I personally probably would drop the extra $50, but if you are looking for something in the $150 range then there really is no reason to go with them over the A2s other than availability (the A2s new are hard to find now). The A2s are awesome for their size and price point as are the A2+s according to everything I have read. On sale or used you can get either for close to your price point. In fact, Ebay has the A2s now used for about that price if you do a search.

As to the Mackie CR4, not really familiar with them, but I did find this review:

http://www.harmonycentral.com/exp...cr3-an-cr4

Which sort of implies they are not quite up to the audiophile standard as the audioengine A2s. However, I have never heard them so that is an educated guess based on reviews on my part. However to save $50 it hardly seems worthy imo. The Audioengine A2\A2+ series are sort of the gold standard here.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you plan on adding a sub, that will of course be an additional cost. 2.1 is always going to sound better than 2.0 if setup properly all other things being equal.

"Conclusions:

Depending on your needs, the CR series does represent good value and will serve well for those who need something that's better sounding than the average computer speaker, but who don't need the high-end sound, features and price tag of full-blown professional studio monitors. While their response is relatively flat, for music mixing, I would not feel comfortable using the Mackie CR Series Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors as a primary reference since they lack the ability to accurately reproduce the lowest two octaves of the audible frequency spectrum. Something along the lines of Mackie's own MR series would be a better choice as an entry-level studio monitor, although the CR series can do a good job of representing what your mix will sound like on the type of smaller computer speakers that most consumers use.



The CR series are not going to replace studio-grade monitors in a recording studio environment, and shouldn't really be considered as a primary reference even for home studios, but to be fair, Mackie makes no claims that they are suitable for that purpose. However, if you need a pair of good sounding multimedia speakers for the computer in your spare bedroom, or something to use when writing or playing with music apps on your iPad, or for use with your office PC (or Mac) so you can listen to music while you work, they'll do the job just fine - and probably sound much better than your existing PC / multimedia speakers. They would also make a good choice as playback monitors for a video editing suite or workstation, so if you do a lot of video production for corporate videos or Youtube, they're definitely worth your consideration. In fact, I'm sure that a lot of people will appreciate just how high the sound quality of these speakers is considering their diminutive size and price tags, and Mackie is no doubt going to sell them by the truckload."
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Wow! Thanks for all that good info. Too bad there isn't a way to listen to them both to see which ones I liked more. I know this will probably make you cringe, but my only complaint about true studio monitor speakers is that I sometimes feel the need to add EQ, depending on what I am listening to.

I may start with the Mackies for the simple fact that I can return them if I don't end up liking them. I don't really listen to classical or symphony orchestra music (unless I'm reliving the glory days of high school and college). My wife wouldn't have to beat me at this price point either. :-P

All joking aside, thank you for your expertise. I really do appreciate it.
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