Powered near field monitors

My old computer speakers died, and I need something decent to replace them with. I will use these for monitoring recording (mostly LP to FLAC), but also listening to streaming music (radio), as well as some of my many digitized CDs and LPs (FLAC files). The desktop system is in a fairly small room, so I don’t think it’s really worth sinking much money into these–and, my serious listening is done in the other room (Vandersteen 2Ces) or on Sennheisers.

I listen mostly to classical, jazz, and ethnic music, and I want a flat frequency response–I hate boomy, overblown bass.

I was looking at the AudioEngine A2+.


Objectively, this is probably the best speaker of the ones I’m considering. However, I don’t think it is worth it given the small room, and I’m not convinced they are going to be vastly better than any of these following options for around $100 each:

Edifier: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016P9HJIA?psc=1

Tascam: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1187738-REG/tascam_powered_desktop_monitors_vl_s3.html

JBL: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/998214-REG/jbl_lsr305_sr305_5_2_way_powered.html/prm/alsVwDtl

I realize that some of these require adaptors (e.g., 3.5 mm to RCA), and are not quite as user friendly as computer speakers, but it is a small inconvenience.

Any thoughts or advice on these or alternatives would be appreciated! Thanks.

From these, the JBL’s are the best ones by a stretch. And it doesn’t matter if you’re in a small room. You can either put in absorbers to avoid problems with low frequencies, or use EQ to roll off the bass.

There’s a lot of competition in this price range.
Although it’s remarkable what manufacturers can do with small speakers these days, I’d tend to avoid very small speakers unless available space or portability dictate otherwise. Even if you don’t need a lot of bass, you will still need the bass to be accurate if these are your main speakers for monitoring.