I came into possession of a PA-120 and need a pair of true active speakers with sub out to work as my computer rig for movies and music but I've got a few questions and need some recommendations.
1) Would a true passive system = better audio quality per $ value? I'm thinking a USB DAC/T-Amp (Toppings or Trends) to a pair like BIC DV46si but none of the amps are rated for much wattage or would match up with the sub (am I mistaken here?). Ideally I'd like a headphone amp out as well but its not a deciding factor.
2) $300 is my rough budget cap but I'm willing to spend a bit more if its worth it. What are some true actives that would work with the sub?
3) I was also looking at the Behringer UCA202 or Turtle Beach which I've read sound decent but are they true DACs or will it work for my needs?
I'm open to used equipment as well and so long as the budget is close, maybe like 250/150 for speaker/DAC. I'd like a passive system since its scalable but matching equipment is likely something I won't want to spend much time on esp. with little desk space to spare. My music tastes vary wildly from instrumental, ambient, IDM, "dubstep", alternative, folk etc so I'd prefer something musical that's versatile and does well with vocals.
Also forgot to say I'm doing everything from a laptop (Thinkpad T60p) and may continue doing so (Macbook Pro) unless a desktop falls in my favor later.
Just some speakers I've been tossing around/considering:
Audio Engine a5
Swan D1010MKII 08
Edited by Asudef - 2/29/12 at 2:53pm