so i want good sound for my pc, either 2.1 or 2.0 speakers that don't roll-off extremely at the bottom, with non-software volume control; space isn't a concern. uses are music, games, movies, with a preference for balanced sound that covers low lows and high highs... lol. currently my sound comes through an onboard alc892 - i was using a creative x-fi xtrememusic, but abandoned it after learning that non-native pci on socket 1155 potentially messes with hdds, usb, etc., and adds latency. while i don't claim to notice which is more accurate, the x-fi was definitely less hissy (even thought i heard crackling on the on-board once). if a nice setup requires a sound card, a recommendation on that would be nice - though it must be within budget and be pcie (no pci. and no usb either, since usb presumably also adds latency, and takes up a usb port!).
klipsch promedia 2.1 (hard to get in the uk, and recent models are deemed unreliable),
av40s+sub (cheap subs are hard to find in the uk, even if i did find one it wouldn't have volume controls),
audioengine a2s+sub (same cons as av40s),
pioneer bs21 or dayton b652 or SS-B1000 with a lepai 2020a+ or lepai t amp.
something like a logitech z623 (last resort!!)
are there any more? the lepai amp and speakers seems great but i can only get the amps easily. the speakers cost at least twice what americans pay due to customs taxes, delivery charges, and of course no sales for $50; effectively i'd pay $120-150 if i could even find them. by alternatives i mean wholly other choices, or even alternative speakers for the lepai setup. as i say you could even spec me $120-150 speakers to pair with the lepai since that's what i'd pay anyway, and hopefully some of the ones you recommend are sold locally.
from what i gather the lepai amp with bookshelf speakers don't need a sub, sound the best, are cheapest, and have external sound controls. so assuming i find cheap and/or good bookshelf speakers, i'd be taking this route. in that case should i go for the lp-2020a+ or ta-2020? the price difference is small enough to ignore if there's even the slightest improvement on the more expensive ta-2020. would i need extra cables? a receiver (not sure what that is)? finally, would i need a sound card, or will the lepai amp do? the other choices would obviously need a sound card, but i don't know if i'd need one for this - maybe just to avoid any possible crackling or hissing?
would be grateful for any input. thanks for your patience.
Edited by dukeReinhardt - 11/7/12 at 2:44pm