I'm going to try and make this so the answer is not based on opinion.

I have a desktop computer that I use for a variety of tasks: web browsing, video editing, video gaming, university projects, software development, listening to music, etc. I recently dropped my old pair of cheap speakers, and figured it was time for an upgrade.

I am looking for a pair of desktop/bookshelf speakers. I would like to spend less than $100-150. Now, I know that there are thousands of options in this price range, but I would like to narrow it down to two. I am either thinking of either the Edifier R1280T or the Mackie CR4. I would appreciate a recommendation, if anyone has experience with these two specific models, for which speaker would work best for my needs. I do not know enough about audio equipment to see the pros and cons of each of these two models, and would appreciate any advice you can give me. I am also open to other suggestions, but these are the two I am primarily looking at. Here are a few things I would like to have in my new speakers, and what I am considering:

  • hard budget of $100-150 ($150 max)
  • studio quality (for the price range)
  • clean aesthetics (basic form factor, nothing crazy)
  • RCA input

Can anyone recommend which of these two speakers better fits the above requirements? I appreciate opinions, but I would like to keep this on-topic for this website, by rating which of the two has better sound quality, which has better bang-for-buck value, etc. I am more looking for metrics and values that can be measured, rather than just I like this one more than that one.

  • @0-60FPS I looked into the Logitech and they do look like a good option, but they are not that much different from my old audio system (see link in question). I will keep them in mind, but I am hoping for something a little bit nicer
    – wcarhart
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 4:37
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    Are you specifically looking for powered speakers, or is a set-up that includes an amp and speaker wire acceptable, so long as it stays within your budget?
    – cjm
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 4:17
  • @cjm I was more looking for powered speakers (just because I figured I'd get a better bang for my buck), but I'm really open to anything under $150 if you know something better
    – wcarhart
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 4:21

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I don't have any experience with the two models you mentioned. But, I'd recommend the Logitech z313 2.1 system. It goes for about $50. Logitech's website has some fairly detailed specs. It does use 3.5mm so you will need an adapter. I've had mine for about 2 years and it works very well. Something to consider I guess.

You could also take a look at Logitech's Z623 2.1 system. 400W total, and it does have an RCA input (It can take 3.5mm also). Goes for $150 on Logitech's website and for about $130 on Amazon.

Hope this helps!


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