I am seriously considering using Polk bookshelf speakers as near field reference monitors for recording and mixdown. I'm on a very tight budget (emphasis on very), and I don't have unrealistic expectations about spectacularly flat response, but ... the more accurate the better.
Accuracy at low levels is important. Bass extension is not that important (unless it sucks). I'll be using a sub to check the extreme bottom end in any case.
Based on a few rave reviews by others using them as reference monitors, I have been looking at the Monitor 30 Series II, the T15, and the RTi4. Others under consideration are the TSi100, and used mint-condition RT7 and RT15i. As of today I can have any of those for under $200, and several for under $100.
Not looking for advice to buy active or passive "pro" studio monitors. I'm aware of the disdain regarding the suitability of "consumer" speakers for reference purposes, and am still thinking about that actually -- because there is one school of thought that says familiarity with one's monitors is more important than how absolutely linear they are. What I do need, to make an informed decision, is reliable data regarding the sonic accuracy of the Polk models I have listed. (And any others in this price range which I may have overlooked.)
Driving blind here. Any useful information much appreciated!