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speakers for desktop/nearfield listening

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Hi, I would like to get some speakers for my computer desk. Since they will be used nearfield, the most impoartant part is the on-axis being flat i think. I can supplement the bass with a small sub. I have a UMIK-1 to make measurements and I can also run equalizer apo to make small corrections.

Things I would like to have
1. Good nearfield performance
2. Not too large (needs to fit on desk)
3. Bass can be supplemented with a sub if required, but preference would be no sub to prevent downstairs neighbors from being disturbed
4. Self-powered (active)
5. Budget preferable <$1000, though for something really nice I can maybe go up to $1500. Ok with used/refurb.

I welcome your suggestions, thanks!. Half the fun in this hobby is the anticipation of new equipment :)
 

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I used to use Focal Alpha 65 and Alpha 50. Maybe not enough expansive for you. Really cheap in France, and I prefer the Alpha 50. Impressive in nearfield for mixing in truly non pro mode. 330€/pair.
 
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I would also recommend the Genelec 8030s. I've had a pair of the original versions since they first came out over 10 years ago. I use them for editing sound recordings and general listening at my desk. They're excellent in the near field as the drivers are very well integrated. And, as the manufacturers aren't afraid to show their measurements, all of the 8000 series Genelecs get a lot of positive comments here at ASR!

The bass output is adjustable to compensate for different situations, e.g. if your desk is close to a wall, and you might not need a sub for nearfield use, but I would definitely suggest that you get some kind of short stand to raise them off the desktop. They can be tilted back on their rubber mounts, but they work much better if raised to ear-level & away from reflective surfaces. (That comment goes for any desktop speaker though.)
 
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somebody is selling a genelec 8030a nearby for $400, can probably negotiate it down a bit. I also see a focal alpha 65 but it's a bit more expensive at $650, and I can't find any spins on that speaker.
 
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