Hello everyone. I built my first computer a couple weeks ago, and couldn't be happier with its performance. The audio coming out of the integrated speakers on my monitor, however, is pretty bad. I've been looking around and after reading a few guides, I am hoping to get some feedback on the setup I'm looking to put together. My main use for the system will be listening to music. I listen to a wide variety of genres, but have a strong inclination towards bass-rich music (house, techno, etc).
Here are my top choices thus far:
DAC: I have a motherboard with optical audio, so I think I would benefit from getting a Schiit Modi DAC (http://tinyurl.com/qjc2x9u) and connect it via the optical connector on my board. I think this will also allow me to use the setup with my TV and other devices if need be.
Speakers: I was looking at the M-Audio AV 40 (http://tinyurl.com/mz6lg5a). They have great reviews and look great.
Sub-woofer: Finally, I was looking at the Dayton Audio SUB-1200 (http://tinyurl.com/n87k48s).
I would appreciate any comments/suggestions on this setup and any other options in the same price range (~$400). I'm also wondering, how would I go about connecting all of these together? I know I would use the optical connector from by board to the Modi, then a RCA cable form the Modi to the sub-woofer. The sub-woofer has an output for speakers using regular speaker cable, but the AV 40 speakers have a RCA line in and another TRS input (which I'm not familiar with) . Would I use an adapter of some sort, or is there a better way of doing it?