I recommend the Audio-GD FUN with Earth OPA if you are contemplating the Rokits. I have been running mine with the RP10S from the FUN for months now and the sound is just awesome. Great review heatfan, well written and I'm sure very helpful to people looking at a starter desktop speaker setup.
Thanks Matthew...Great setup you have. The 6s with the sub must be crazy good....
I've been contemplating the Audio-GD FUN, it's quite a bit more expensive than the Matrix Mini-I (+$50). Assuming the FUN offers better audio quality than the Mini-I, would the balanced outputs close this audio quality gap or perhaps even surpass the FUN?
Cheezies, I have had both for a while and you can't go wrong with either. If you get additional gear in the future, both will accomodate (pre-amp, dac, headamp etc.).
In reference to closing the audio gap between balanced and unbalanced, well that would be personal preference. I have tried lots of setups the last couple of weeks and both balanced and unbalanced sound great. If your chain is in order, then it's all good.
Waiting for 6ft. XLR To TRS for 0404USB (using 3ft. now), so I can bring the E-MU up next to the laptop (gets lonely back there). So, of course in the meantime, played around a little... (I love inputs and outputs...lol...)
Brought up my tube buffer from downstairs and added a little tube love---
E-MU 0404USB (Mini output) --> Tube Buffer (input) --> A5s --> Tube Buffer (output)--> Foobar ASIO--> Lossless...........Ran two RCA to Mini (One to 0404 and one to A5s from buffer).
A little Above & Beyond (Anjunabeats Vol. 8)...Good times.....
Absolutely black backround and wonderful sound. Going to run this for a few hours then try the buffer with the RP6s....
Edited by HeatFan12 - 8/2/11 at 5:27pm