I'm building a new system and I'm debating which speaker system would be best. I'd like to keep it in the sub$200 range.
I will be going with an nForce2 board audio solution (no flames please) and I would like to bypass the onboard DAC and it's electrical noise if possible. This system will be used for some light movie use (I have a real home theater system in another room), tv, digital video editing, and occasional gaming. I'm not looking for booming base, but would prefer a clear midrange and tighter bass sound. Also, this will be played in a small area and rarly will I crank it up. So quality at low decibles is more important than peak or RMS wattage.
A couple of sets I'm looking at are the Yamaha TSS-1B and the Monsoon MH-505 or the very low end solution the AL 251.
My question... I understand the the MH-505's are better speakers than the TSS-1, but will they still sound better considering that I would be using the integrated DAC and analog 6 channel input? Will I get good localization in movies and games and a clear soundstage? Would the DD5.1 encoding through S/PDiF to the Yamaha's be a better solution while also saving some on system resources?
I read this website's review of the Tss-1, but they didn't compare them with any other low cost 6 channel analog speakers. At they time of the review they probably didn't compete, but nForce2 users need to consider both options.
Both of these systems have been out for a while. Are there any other comparable analog or digital speakers in this price range that you would recommend we add to the discussion?
I look forward to your opinons. Especially if you have heard both speaker lines and have experience with nForce2.