I can't think of anything nicer in that price range than a set of Airmotiv 4 speakers (or its variation). I think it's amazing value for the money. The way I tell it is that when I first got in to good sound, if I had bought these airmotiv 4 speakers rather than my axiom m80's, I would simply have stopped in my journey. I wouldn't have bothered to upgrade. They are really nice. Very detailed and a reasonably extended bass sound in a small room. Much more bass than you would expect four inch speakers to give you.
Now yes the Axioms are better mainly in bass and more room filling volume, but the airmotivs are no slouch!
Its Airmotiv 5 brother brings even more solid bass performance and volume. They have a good bit more slam and are worth every extra dollar. But in a small room the airmotiv 4 is pretty nice imo.
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2018 17:06:41 GMT -5 by garbulky
Transport: Sony BDP 5100 Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)
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Frys's has been running specials on Klipsch RB-61 ii bookshelf speakers too. Full range small speaker which will surprise you with the accuracy and dynamics. Quite good bass as well. $200 a pair when they go on sale.
Corsair SP-2500 Set (discontinued a few years ago, but had bi-amped satellites with a pretty powerful Sub) I love mine Audio Engine amplified speakers - this is what I was considering as an upgrade for PC before I bought the Corsairs
FIL had a set of the cheap M-Audio speakers - but their built-in Power Supply was CRAP and blew out after less than three years and was never used hard...
XPA-2 Gen3 ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 Goldenear ForceField 3 Amped Sub AR The Turntable / Shure V15-VMR BlueSound Node 2i (plus some decent "classics")