Powered Speakers Perfect for the Dorm Room

Your music loving teen is going off to college and needs something to deliver good sound for a dorm room. Most PC speakers stink. Most iPod docks are weak. Yes I'm including the Bose dock in the "weak" category. (Search Amazon.com for ipod docks) They are simply not robust enough to produce decent, full range sound.

This leaves you with two choices:
  1. Send your kid to school with a big receiver and a set of bookshelf speakers
  2. Get a pair of powered bookshelf speakers.

No room for a receiver in the room? There are a number of good choices out there for powered bookshelf speakers that will surprise and delight in a dorm room setting. You want to look for something with enough of power to fit your average dorm of 15' by 15' which is surprisingly little. The speaker should have a bass/mid driver and a tweeter. They may or may not have a built in iPod dock but they will at least have a connection for an external audio source.

Two companies offer excellent choices. Audioengine and M-Audio.


Audioengine A5 Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Black)The Audioengine A5 ($325) is an excellent choice with great reviews on Amazon. It delivers a wide dynamic range and very smooth sound across the audio spectrum. Audioengine A5 Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Black)


M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Powered SpeakersFor those who want to spend a little less M-Audio ($199) offers the AV-40. It comes from a studio monitor heritage and delivers rich detailed sound without the overreaching bass some docks do. M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Powered Speakers

Want more choices? Also look at musical instrument sites like Musicians Friend for a wider selection of small studio monitors used mainly by musicians. The good ones usually come at a higher price but with a good reason.

Either way you can send your kid off to school with something that will do more than simply add background noise.

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