I know that audiophile speakers that are under $400 are not really "audiophile" speakers, especially since from what I gather, having a good pair of headphones is your best bet for an audiophile experience. But well... bear with me! :)
Well I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 598 headphones that are absolutely fantastic for what I use them for, but my PC speakers are Logitech X-540 surround sound. They're good! Especially for what I got them for. But they're by no means excellent. I'm starting to realize that I have no need for surround sound on my PC, even if I intend to game with them, since I can get a similar experience from my headphones, which I will likely use to game 75% of the time anyway.
So now I'm looking for some 2.1 or 5.1 (if we can find good ones for a low price) speakers for my computer. Preferably, I'd like speakers with a USB connection and a good, high-end DAC built in. I was thinking of getting a good USB DAC to help make my Sennheiser HD 598s really sing, so I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone, right?
These ones are a bit out of my price range, but I'm just going to use them as an example: Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Active Multimedia Speakers
They are supposedly excellent 2.0 speakers with decent bass for not having a subwoofer, and have a built in DAC with a USB connection. So, correct me if I'm wrong, but could I not then use the 3.5mm headphone jack on the speaker to plug in my HD 598s and gain the benefit of a built in DAC? Or am I going about this the wrong way?
Anyway, if anyone has any good suggestions for me, I'd love to hear them. Anything you can think of under $400 would be preferable.
Edited by Royal Amethyst - 5/30/12 at 10:49pm