I still use the speakers I got with my eighth-grade graduation gift of a small stereo unit in 1993.
They're adequate for me & my wife's ears; obviously we're not audiophiles. ;)
Blessed are the non-audiophiles, for their headphones will be cheap and durable.
I have always wondered what is better. If I go for the expensive stuff, I go for studio monitors. They have flat response compared to audiophile stuff... but I can always add boost in if I want that.
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