I'm satisfied with my headphone setup right now (Cowon J3 -> Schiit Asgard -> ATH-W1000x) and would like to finally give my desktop setup (onboard sound card -> generic dell 2.1 speakers) some consideration.
Firstly, I'm leaning towards an external DAC (Schiit Bifrost) as opposed to a sound card after reading some threads here. Good choice?
Secondly, I'll need assistance on picking out 2.0/2.1 speakers, in price range of $100-$350, that would go nicely with the Bifrost/Asgard pairing and fit my music tastes (JPop/female vocals). I'd also be using them for watching dramas and playing ps3, but the sound quality with these applications isn't that important to me- just as long as they don't drop below my generic speakers :p
I was looking at Swan products, but not sure which is best for me. Also, I should be looking at passive speakers if I'm using a DAC/AMP right?
Please share your thoughts, thanks.