Why is it I get volunteered for these things
The M-Audios tend to get rated as computer speakers, not monitors, having heard their BX series I gotta agree. They really arent that good.
Also as a note before I start, be careful when pricing monitors, some are priced as a pair some as individual. And dont bother with a sub. yu will have a hard enough time afoording a decent set of stereo nearfields without one, you can always add one later.
At the similar price range of the MAudios is the ::SHUDDER:: Samson Resolv series. I hate reccomending them, but they did get a decent review and are probably going to sound better than the MAudios.
To tell the truth though if you can afford them I would go for the alesis over either in a heartbeat. The last real set of Alesis I heard were the MK1 MKIIs and to be honest I would take t hose any day ofo the week over the MAudios I heard, and I dont trust Samson enough to ever buy their stuff. However I have a feeling Alesis is going to be out of your price range as I think their low end stuff starts near 300 a pair(You can probably get lower depending on where you go and who you talk to). I would strongly reccomend if you can save up and get the Alesis myself, though the Samsons MAY work for what music you do, just stay away from acoustic instruments with them from what I heard.
In other words if at all possible, get the Alesis, otherwise I would go with Samsons over the MAudios probably.
PS Meyer doesnt make monitors like you are thinking
Could they be used for such? Yes, but for the money youll get better from a good set of decent nearfields for that purpose. Meyer primarily deals with live sound, the previous thread I posted them in was as a joke, though they could work very well for that purpose, I doubt most people on these forums are even familiar with them. Plus a lot of their stuff depends on DSP which personally I might try to stay away from in a good set of nearfields.