So I'm trying to design a good 'HI-Fi' speaker setup for my bedroom and I'm looking to get something out of the ordinary logitech z 623 that I was originally considering.
I've been doing plenty of research and have found some viable options, but having not heard any of them and being the next best thing to a giant n00b I come to you head-fi community for help.
I've been somewhat on a journey going through otpions: logitech - audioengine - aktimate - dac / amps + passive speakers - studio monitors, so I would love to have some input on these options I've come up with and also for any other options and input.
Will be connected to a macbook pro and an xbox 360 another input for plugging in someones ipod or something on occasion would be a bonus and want headphone out.
Also as stated it will be on my desk, I should be able to spare the minimum 6" behind the speakers if they're rear ported but this setup may affect some of the options below.
all in one convenient package
whathifi 5 stars
doesnt have headphone out though which I would like.
Cambridge Audio s30 + nuforce icon 2
I have spent a LOT of time researching DACs and amps and such and i think this one is the most perfect for my needs, however there are quite a few other choices and I'm open to anything
These speakers also get what hifi 5 star review
can be had for ~$260
nuforce icon 2 has all the inputs and outputs i want
potentially getting the icon2 second hand for ~250 if not new for 350
$500 - $600
KRK rokit 6 or 8
It's my understanding I will need to have a seperate DAC for these, I would be looking for a cheap dac with multiple inputs and an headphone amp although I'm not sure if i would be putting a weak link in my system by going for a cheap dac?
~300 + DAC
M Audio bx5 d2 or bx8 d2
Same deal as with the rokits
~360 - 550
I'm not looking for anything to make a houseparty jump or anything like that, but I do enjoy feeling bass when its there.
The 8" woofers in the krk and m audio i'm guessing would be far too big for the desk setup?
With the smaller speaker options I'm not adverse to adding a sub into the mix however I won't be spending over 600 dollars at this point in time.
I have little experience but from what I've read maybe the studio monitors won't give me a very enjoyable sound after all they are designed for accurate reproduction not listening pleasure..
At present I am most in favour of the s30 and icon2 combo (also tying with the m-audio for sexiest option)
I apologise for rambling on and being a bit all over the place, but even if nobody replies I think I just needed to get this post off my chest.
Any input, criticism, opinion, experience, response is greatly appreciated
(p.s for a budget subwoofer option, could you connect the logitech z623 to the icon 2 somehow and just not connect its satellite speakers? would they becontrolled by the central volume control? I dont know jack about crossovering so there may be some of that needed?)