As I was dusting the cobwebs off of my old home stereo system this morning, I couldn't help but realize that I don't ever use the fucking thing anymore. My music listening takes place either on my iPod or my computer. If I buy a cd, my first act is to rip the thing and shove the mp3s onto my external hard drive.
That got me to thinking. Pretty much all the gaming I do these days is done on my computer. Pretty much all the music listening I do these days is done on my computer. All my recording is done on my computer. If I'm gonna spend that much time on my computer doing things involving sound, I should really get something a little better than these scratchy sounding $10 pieces of Hewlett Packard shit. It's time to upgrade.
I have absolutely no clue what brands I should be looking for. That's completely outside my sphere of knowledge; I can talk guitar amps and PA systems all fucking day, but not computer speakers or home sound systems in general. I don't know a decent price is for a decent set of speakers, and I wouldn't know if I were getting ripped off or getting a bargain.
Share a little knowledge, baby. Let's talk basics: how much can I expect to spend for a good computer sound system with a decent bass sound and a wattage of, oh, 100 watts or so? And what brands offer the most bang for their buck?