Hello, fellow Head-Fi'ers. As you can tell, I'm pretty new here, and TBH, my hi-fi fu is not adequete to handle something like this, so I wish to ask for your help.
Initially, my desire was to originally buy only a new 2.1 system for my computer, as my pair of JBL Creature II's are starting to show signs of age, and I knew they weren't that good to begin with. The option I decided on then was a Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, since they sound godly (I've actually sampled using my iPod [straight; no amp/DAC, maybe somethng to address later]) and the reviews have been awesome for years.
However, when I joined here (initially for headphone recs), I knew I was starting to see problems. As some of you are aware, there have been manufacture quality issues with the product, and while I can't get more specific about it, I was scared off.
Now, I haven't a clue what to get, as now, I was offered this advice here:
I say budget for a sound card or find an existing digital output AND input on your computer and do an audio loopback and process your audio using Cantabile Lite to correct speaker response and compensate for room modes and such. Here's my computer audio controls (using maybe $100 worth of hardware in speakers, "amp" and subwoofer):Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Right now, my sound is going through the SupremeFX X-Fi card that came with my ASUS Rampage II Extreme. So now, I come asking for additional input on this issue.
What 2.1 (or 2.0 + sub) setups would you recommend? Should I think about getting an actual sound card? An amp and/or DAC? Do you agree with the advice above?
Any help would be appreciated, as long as we keep most of the hi-fi jargon out if it remains unexplained.
Per Laborem ad Astra,