So, through an apartment fire, I've lost my computer speakers (Logitech Z-5500) and my computer monitor no longer works due to lots of corrosion on the supply's PCB (Samsung 21.5" 1080P LED-backlit with touch-sensitive buttons, I think it's no longer in production because I can't find it on Samsung's site or newegg.com). So now I'm looking into replacements for both. Ideally I'd like to keep the monitor's price under $200. I really liked the Samsung I had a lot (great color depth and brightness and the blacks were actually black), so I think I'd like to stick with them as a brand unless someone has some other suggestion for a good monitor in my price range. So far, this Samsung
seems to be a good choice for what I want, but I've found other monitors from other brands that I'm not sure are good or not for monitors (Asus, Acer, etc.).
For the speakers, I was looking into 5.1 systems like I used to have, but I was having a hard time finding a good system in a relatively reasonable price range and one that looked decent enough for me to want to put on my desk. So I started looking into powered bookshelf speakers, and found some options that I think look really good... The Audioengine 5's
and the Audioengine 2's
. Both are powered bookshelf speaker pairs. The A5's are basically just the A2's with more power behind them, more size, and some extra input options. The speakers are both kind of expensive and I wasn't going to order these right away, I was just curious whether these would be a good choice for desktop's sound system, as opposed to a full 5.1 system. Or, again, if anyone has any better options.