So as the title states, I'm looking at buying one of these products in the next couple of days. The Mackie's are available at a local Pawn Shop for $130, B stock of the AE's are available for $250 (I live close to their warehouse). Both are said to be in great working shape. I will test both before purchasing. I will be using them connected to my HDTV and to my MBP for my Apple Lossless music collection. Anybody have recomendations on either? The AE's are at the tippy top of my price range, which is why I'm looking at powered speakers instead of a receiver+speaker set up... Then again, today I found this Yamaha RX-V559 for $130 also. So I could get this receiver but have no idea about what kind of speakers (and at what price) would go with this receiver or if it's even any good. My local craigslist has tons of speakers, but I've been researching powered ones because I figured the price of A/V receivers+speakers was beyond my range. So, please lend your audio knowledge. I am ready to listen!