I'm looking to buy either a pair of KEF X300A, or a pair of emotiva pro airmotiv 5 and an audioquest dragonfly dac. For use with a PC laptop, sitting on a desk. Playing uncompressed 16/44.1 flac files of jazz, classical, rock, etc. (although may play higher res files in the future). Space including to the rear of the speakers isn't a problem. The price difference (not including interconnects) isn't much, KEF ($800), versus airmotiv5 ($450) + dragonfly ($250). I've enjoyed and am enjoying in other systems KEF products. Emotiva's reputation in general seems to be at least as good. I like the flexibility with some recabling to have the ability to use the external DAC output from the dragonfly to play headphones, although that isn't normally a priority for this system in general. I use foobar2000 (and sometimes media monkey and itunes), but may change to JRiver Media. Any thoughts about which direction to go (or perhaps other choices for a similar approximate price)?
I did hear a very brief demo of the KEFs at Axpona in Chicago, sound great (at the same time a writer for TAS was listening, I believe it was Jim Hannon). And next month Emotiva is doing an event in the western suburbs of Chicago where I could hear the airmotiv5.