Never posted much on these forums, but have been lurking on occasion for some time. Long time music enthusiast, although I don't make any; I certainly enjoy it. Much of my experience has been with old and rather cheap plastic computer speakers, or car audio. It wasn't until I picked up a set of Klipsch Promedia 5.1 speakers that I became really picky about what I was missing from my music, and demanding from my speakers. After a long run with those speakers, the amp finally failed and went without any home audio for a while until I picked up a set of Audioengine A5 speakers. Had mixed feelings about them as they lacked in some areas compared to my Klipsch speakers, but made up for it in others. Stuck with them for a long while and eventually got the upgraded A5+ speakers and a Polk sub. After a while, I must say they are nice for general listening, but the upgrade but is biting again and the wife and I are strongly looking into some studio monitors.
Over the last few weeks we've discussed our options and how much we enjoy a nice sound setup. We mostly listen to music from our computer, but also enjoy movies and reading with some instrumental music playing. We don't have a 'tv' or cable, and we use our speakers for much of the evenings and occasionally during the day. After much discussion with the wife, we are looking 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.
What I could use advice on is how to connect and use these studio monitors. I know much will be gained from the source format, but not all of our listening is 'critical' listening. Much of our personal music collection is in the 320kbps MP3 format, and I am just starting to look into the FLAC format. We both enjoy Youtube playlists for the convenience factor as well.
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. How would I connect these speakers to my computer properly? I don't know anything about a DAC, or audio mixers and am rather clueless about what else is out there. Basically I want to have a volume knob nearby that I can control the two speakers, my sub, and possibly room for another pair of satellite speakers down the road.