Punchy 2.1 or 2.0 setup for 12 square room max 500$
I'm looking for 2.1 setup to hook up with my laptop for listening music. Criteria is rich and punchy sound. By punchy I mean powerful, yet accurate bass. The opposite of boomy, you know. I want the kickdrum to sound and feel like a kickdrum, not synthetic (like my 12" cerwin-vega does). I live in apartment house, so I can't afford too loud loudspeakers. I want the maximum performance from the speakers in neighbour-friendly levels.
Speakers can be active or passive. I have Onkyo TX-NR509 AV-receiver (5.1 channels, 130W@6ohm/channel, sub preout), which should be sufficient for any 500$ setup I guess.
I have done some research, and these are so far the ones that have evoked my interest.
- Amphion Helium 3 (350€) + 150€ subwoofer
- Dali Zensor 1 (300€) + 200€ subwoofer
- Mission MX1 (200€) + 300€ subwoofer
- Wharfedale Diamond 121 (250€) + 250€ subwoofer
- Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 (160€) + 340 €subwoofer
- Audio Pro Addon Six (active) 400€
- Genelec G One (active) 500€
I have heard that Genelecs are superior in sound quality, but lacks bass. In the other hand, missions have been said to be punchy, but how about the overall quality? Only speakers I have heard are Helium 3. They sounded big for their size in a big room. Unfortunately I haven't change to listen other speakers. So, which setup is closest to my criteria, and which subwoofer would you recommend (if any at all)?