Been using some Audioengine A5+ speakers for a while and I decided after much discussion to upgrade to a pair of JBL LSR308 speakers. Fits the budget nicely and with the warranty JBL has on their products, we feel this is the next logical step. Our existing hardware consists of a Polk Audio PSW10, which is a low powered 10" sub, and my Asus laptop.
Much of our personal music collection is in the 320kbps MP3 format, and I am just starting to look into the FLAC format. We don't always listen to music critically and often still enjoy Youtube playlists for the convenience factor.
What I'd like to be able to do with the new setup is to get everything balanced to the room and to match it with the sub, assuming it adds any tangible sound value that the JBl's don't provide. Would like to be able to have a volume control that sits next to the laptop and if possible have multiple outputs for the 2 JBL channels and my sub. There is a distant possibility that I'd consider an extra pair of channels to act as surrounds, but that is not a priority honestly. So I'm not really familiar with what is needed, I am hoping to get some input on what else I'd need to get a nice balanced setup without breaking the bank.
Thanks for your advice and time!