I just relocated and have an excuse to buy almost everything fresh.
Total budget is $1500 US.
A little background:
Proud owner of V-Moda M-100, using Fiio E17 to drive it. In a nutshell I prefer bass towards the strong end.
I work from my home office, and I will have a helper looking after my infant child (less than 1 year old).
Wants (in order of priority):
1) Desktop speakers.
Have a lot of conference calls and my V-Moda doubles as my stereo head set. Can't always wear it so I am looking for a pair of desktop speakers to enjoy music when I'm not in a meeting. I do not put music on high volume. I also play some PC/video games for leisure.
Here is my dilema: 2.0 vs 2.1. Again as I love bass and I play games 2.1 should be the logical choice, but my office space is very tight and I'm not sure where to put the subwoofer.
Speakers on my watch list:
*Focal XS Book 2.0
Focal XS 2.1
The ones with *, both 2.0, look sleeker than their 2.1 counterparts (of the same brand), and match better with my dual monitor setup. The Swans ones are cheaper than Focal and they may not be in the same class (verification needed here), but the saved budget may help me get better things for the rest of my shopping list.
3) Home theater system
I can't stand the "naked" TV speakers, but given that I will not listen to music using the home theater system and will only watch movies and play some games on the TV, I ranked this the last, and will use whatever leftover budget to get a 5.1 set. No research done whatsoever.
Thanks for reading my long post.
There are many moving pieces and I haven't tested any of the products I listed.
All comments/recommendations are welcome, but there is a fundamental question which impacts everything:
Is my assumption correct that Fiio E17 + E09k combo is better than the built in amp of my Desktop speaker short-list (or any recommended sleek looking speakers in the $300 US range)?
Cause if not, may be I should save the money for E09k and upgrade something else in my shopping list.
Also one feature I'm looking for in the 5.1 home theater system is wireless connection for the rear speakers, cause my wife HATES wires that run from the TV to the back. Would this automatically boosts the base price of this #3 item to a ridiculous level? If so I may need to (painfully) consider getting a 2.1 instead or some sort of frontal only solutions.