I'll be moving to US next week to start my PhD program and I'll be building a new system from the ground up. I managed to save around $700-800 and I'm looking for budget components. I will only be bringing my laptop (an early 2011 macbook pro 13'') with, so I thought I would only be needing a DAC, a decent pair of powered speakers first and beginner-level headphones (probably Gradio SRI 80). But looking at the posts I think that maybe I should buy an amp and passive speakers. I was thinking of going with Audioengine A5+ and DS1 but I think I'll be buying a turntable and a gaming console in the coming months, so maybe going with Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 DAC and A1 Hybrid Amp is a better choice, so passive speakers? Would I be a needing a subwoofer as well? I'm new to all this so my only criteria is good customer service (a long warranty period would be a plus as well), other than that I'm open to any recommendations. Every recommendation is hugely appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Edited by ablckn - 8/20/12 at 4:33am