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T-Amp or Stereo Receiver for PC Setup?

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Hi, everybody! I will be upgrading with the primary focus on listening to music on my PC, which is in my living room. I am wondering about the power source options. I have about $400 bucks total to get some cheap floor stands, cables, the bookshelf speakers, and the power source. Therefore, I am only trying to spend around $100 bucks on the receiver, give or take some. (I am concerned about heat issues/damage with monitors with an internal amp, so I am trying to stay away from them.)

 

What do think is better for me, a micro T-Amp or Cheap Stereo Reciever and why?

As I see it there are T-amps like the Lepai LP-2020A+ ($28), which is suspiciously cheap and doesn’t have much power. There also is the Topping TP20-MK2 for under $100, it has good reviews, but only puts out 13 WPC. Then there are also some low end receivers such as the Sony STRDH130 for around $100 bucks. Used or refurbished receivers are also an option. I would think that receivers, since it has more hardware, would be of lower quality and have less power. However, the output wattage seems a lot stronger on the receivers and is pretty low on the T-Amps. I am sort of concerned with damaging my speakers with those low wattage T-amps if they don't have enough power.

 

One other thing, related to installation on the PC. I would like possibility to be able to upgrade my system with active subwoofer, if needed later on. My PC has 6 audio ports (Line in, Line Out, Side Speaker, Rear Speaker, Center/Woofer Speaker, Mic In).

To add a active sub, would all I need to do is connect the speakers to the line out and the subwoofer to the sub port?  

Should the possibility of having a powered sub affect the decision on the receiver or amp? (Should I try to find an amp/receiver that has a sub port on it?)

 

Thank you


Edited by ButtersEvilTwin - 1/10/14 at 3:17am
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With that budget, I'd probably go for active monitors.

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