I posted over in the Troubleshooting thread that I recieved a Topping TP30 amp for Christmas (one of the low power tripath-amps, this one includes it's own DAC). I had an old pair of S4 bookshelves in storage, and hooking them up, one of them crackles at low volume. I'm not sure if it's worth repairing, so I need advice on new speakers.
I'm going to use it strictly for listening to music from my laptop, playing lossless audio in my home office. They will be on my desk, about 6' apart, and under a hutch, although about 4" from the back corners. I'm not necessarily looking for a lot of volume, they are going to be background music 90% of the time (and the Topping only puts out around 15 watts anyway). The S4s were loud enough at 50%, but usually I have it set to around 25%. I listen to mostly 70's-80's punk and synthpop, but also a bit of smooth jazz and classical, depending on what I'm working on. I don't have a sub, and don't necessarily want one, but with this small of a setup, would it be necessary? I do play some games, but mostly strategy stuff--anything action oriented I usually put on headphones anyway.
I've got it narrowed down to the Polk Monitor 30s, or the 35Bs (what's the difference?), or Inifinity P163BK, although I've also read good things about Boston Acoustics. I don't have a store nearby that I'd be able to audition any of these speakers, and really, they wouldn't have this type of setup anyway. The S4s sound great (well, except for the one), although they don't quite put out enough bass at low volume. I'd like to have them shielded as well--they are far enough from my computer and drives that it probably doesn't matter, but if I rearrange things in the future, I'd like the ability to put them anywhere.
Any advice is appreciated, even if it's to repair the S4s, and then buy a small subwoofer. I've got a budget of a few hundred dollars...I'm not going to add another amp though--I got the Topping to use as a headphone amp, but after listening to it with speakers, I'm pretty happy not having anything in my ears. One more question: I figured with that low power amp, I should have the speakers on my desk--but should I look at putting them on the wall instead? I imagine I'd have to have some real sensitive speakers, the room is about 15'x25'...