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A few questions about a 2.0 Micca MB42X + Lepai setup for desktop computer

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I may go with a Lepai LP-2020A+ (or other T-amp) and Micca MB42X 2.0 setup in a couple of months for my desktop (I might wait to see if I can get a better price toward the end of November).  It seems that the Miccas will be sufficient for my needs at the moment.  A few questions though:

 

1) Will 3.5mm output from the onboard audio or a soundcard be fine, or should I use S/PDIF to 3.5mm/RCA?  How much would I benefit from getting a soundcard later on (or even a DAC, but I'm not going to rush things at the moment)?

2) Would I need any connectors (like banana plugs) with the speaker wire?

3) Would the Lepai amp be sufficient in power for a desktop setup (as long as I don't turn it up to max volume or anything like that) or would you recommend I use something better?

4) I noticed in the online manual that the speakers are unshielded (and, additionally, have magnetic grilles).  I realize that shielded speakers mostly came about due to magnets in speakers affecting CRT TVs and monitors, and I'm pretty sure they will be fine near my LCD monitor.  Still, I'm not sure about whether or not it would be advisable to move my external hard drives and computer a certain distance away from the speakers.  Any thoughts on this?

 

Thanks.

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1) You can't go from S/PDIF to 3.5mm/RCA without a DAC. Yes. A DAC could easily improve the sound over what your onboard audio produces. Will it be a worthwhile upgrade to you? Only you can answer that question.
2) The Lepai will not take banana connectors. I believe the Micca will, but you do not NEED them. They are a convenience option. Speaker wire alone will be fine.
3) The Lepai provides a sufficient volume for many people for sitting at a computer. It sounds very good for a $25 amp. If nothing else, see it as a starter amp that, if you want more volume, you can upgrade in a year or so.
4) Don't know the answer to your question.
Edited by cel4145 - 11/11/13 at 7:39am
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