Hello, So I am a bit confused with setting up my first DESKTOP audio system. I'm not trying to blow off $3k, I only have about a $1k budget and I don't want to spend every single dollar.
I know that with passive speakers an amp is required, and with an amp, it is recommended to get a DAC or a sound card (DAC seems more preferable).
If I were to get passive speakers like the Klipsch RB-51s or Wharfedale 10.2s, I should connect them to an amp. Are there any recommendations for desktop amps around $200-250?
I like the Audioengine N22, as it is sleek and simple. Nuforce looks nice, but most of their solutions seem to be headphones:( If there is a good amp for the Klipschs, please comment.
I was looking at the top DACs as well to get my list up recently.
But my main interest before and now, is still the Schiit Modi. Beautiful and simple with a nice silver touch.
Another top rated product is the Audioengine D1. More pricier, and has a useless knob(to me but useful for headphone users).
Once again if you have another recommendation under the $200 tag, comment.
With the Audioengine N22, it says it provides 22 watts per chanel. If I were to get them, will they be sufficient for passive speakers like the Klipsch RB-51s or will I need a stronger amp that puts out more watts?
EDit: Just saw the Maverick Audio stuff. Looks great, and some products have a amp/dac.
1. Amps for Klipsch RB-51 that are as good as the N22 or even better? Not to exceed $250.
2. (Optional) DACs or soundcards that perform the same or better than Schiit Modi?
3. If I were to buy the N22, will that amp have enough power for my future Klipsch RB51s?
4. Anything missing for the set up? I know I'm missing subwoofer but that's later.
I like the wharf 10.2s but they have 4 plugs and I was researching and found out a bi wire thingamajiggy IDK how to work that, that's why I didn't mention it.
Please answer the questions, as they are the second thing from holding me back from the set up.
Edited by geogga - 10/14/13 at 10:50am