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.