When I'm not playing through my real amps, tend to play through my MacBook Pro through Garage Band. I don't use Garage Band's guitar models, but instead use one of the following pedals: V-Stack Classic, V-Stack BHM, or the Tech 21 British to get the basic guitar sound. I then use Garage Band for the effects. Up until recently, things sounded pretty good. Lately, however, I've noticed the sound becoming thinner and harsher. At first I thought it might be the AudioFire 4 sound card and then wen through the process of updating the drivers and firmware. Okay, a bit better, but still not back to where it used to be. I'm wondering if my speakers are the issue. I don't have monitor speakers, but instead a set of Boston Acoustic BA635's, which consist of two tweeters running out of a subwoofer, with the subwoofer providing the power. Now, I'm sure a lot of you will recommend that I go out and get a set of montiors, such as the M-Audio Studiophile BX5a's. The problem I find with monitors is that they don't really sound like guitar speakers, per se, in that they are too clinical, which I'm sure you want when you are trying to hear exactly what you recorded. So what is a body to do in this respect. Anyone have any advice. I want something that won't break the bank but that have some balls and sound good. Your help would be appreciated.