This is my first post to an audiophile forum. I just purchased the aforementioned products listed in the subject line. I've tried to do some research on different setups with a limited budget that might improve the quality of the music I listen to on my laptop. Space is limited on my desk. Only thing I added to the audioengine equipment is a 10 dollar 3 foot 24 k gold plated rca wire. I'm using the 16 gauge speaker wire it came in. My main goal was to find something that sounded clear and did not take a big footprint and I was leaning towards a 2.0 setup rather than 2.1 with subwoofer. I just started downloading some flac samples today from various sites that give out free downloads and they do sound pretty good. Bass is a little tricky on some songs as the small woofers of the A2 pose immediate limitations, I'm sure. In fact anything this small is bound to have limitations on all aspects. I was also contemplating the bowers and wilkins mm1 which receive good votes from the apple crowd but not from audiophiles, especially when looking at price. I also tested at a store some genelec 6010a which sounded impressive for size but once again, much more costly. Can someone please give me some tips on speaker placement, setup of volume controls such as what should be maxed (software) what should dac analog be set at, and what should speaker analog volume should be set at...? I've read that the digital sound volume should be set at maximum but I'm not sure if there was a clear winner on the other two analog ones.