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Hi All! I'm Ted and I'm trying to find a good setup to replace the blend speakers on my computer.

I mainly listen to Pop, R&B, Jazz and a good bit of everything mixed in-between, but the speakers will also be used for gaming/multimedia etc.

PC has Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports 

My budget is quite limited at around $500 and here are two different approaches I'm considering:

1. Vanatoo Transparent One: for my $500 budget this seems like a great "all-in-one" package which I can just connect to my computer via S/PDIF. I've seen some positive reviews on them and they seem to provide adequate bass for their size. A minor inconvenience I see with this setup will be adjusting the volume by reaching to the backside of the speakers.

2. Emotiva Airmotiv 4 + Aune T1 DAC (Or maybe Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1?): heard nothing but great things about the Emotiva speakers, and having two separate components means it'll be easier if I decide to upgrade one of the two later down the road. Easier to adjust volume levels comparing to option 1 and I get a headphone amp too. And more components=more things to play with (tubs, opamp).

 

Thanks for your time, all helps and suggestions welcome!

Ted