i have those, they're great speakers. clear, crisp, sounds with great high and mid tones. but what they're seriously lacking is bass .. and i mean seriously lacking. if i were you, for music i'd go with klipsch. the bass is strong and warm, not over whelming, great sound as well, but a tad muddy.
I personally have the Edifier S730's in my "smallish room" and I LOVE the sound.
It's very clear and high focused, where-as most computer systems lately tend to be muddy bass focused a lot, this is a nice difference. With that said you can really crank out the bass with the higher volumes and adjust it for lower volumes too. Lots of play with these speakers.
I recommend if you REALLY enjoy your music/gaming, go with th S730's. I upgraded from a Klipsch Promedia 5.1 set that lasted me about 7 years. They were/are awesome speakers, but I'm not sure how they are now, especially in the 2.1 format.
IF you have the cash now, you're investment in the Edifier's will last you a LONG time of very pleasant and room-shaking sounds for years!
They might be a little more but they are worth it imo.
Everyone perceives audio quality differently. Naturally, some speakers sound tinny while others sound "warm", so most people can detect the extremes. In your case, you seem to be jacking up volume to compensate for detail, despite that you already have the Forte installed. Maybe the X-540's (a 5.1 system) naturally sound better to you since you're used to its sound signature.
Last edited by Stock; January 12, 2011 at 08:16 PM.