After primarily working in a home office where I could output my sound card to a mini audiophile setup (NAD receiver and PSB alpha speakers), I am moving to regular old fashioned office.
In the office, I can't install a sound card as the PC is highly locked down. I could probably use a USB type sound card, as long as the drivers are already present in windows7. I can't install any drivers.
So.....I am looking for suggestions for improving the sound while keeping to a beer budget.
Options that I am considering:
1) Just buying some halfway decent computer speakers. Would use what every sound is built in to the PC, which is a HP with an i5. Probably a fairly generic audio setup.
2) Buying a small amp and small speakers and plugging in to the PC audio jack. Again, open to ideas.
3) Expanding on item 3; using a usb DAC of some sort.
I did convince them to install foobar so I could handle higher bitrate material. Phew for that!
Would like to keep the size of the rig and and cost "smaller". No set budget, but under $100 is great, under $200 is acceptable; under $300 if something amazing made sense.
Thanks for some ideas.