Originally Posted by cel4145
Yes. But tower speakers are expensive. Even on sale, say, $300 will only get you very entry level budget towers. And of course, individual listening preferences make a difference between what some people feel are "pretty good" or not.
That being said, I would follow the previous advice of putting most of your budget toward speakers. And I'd avoid any of the mini amps like the NAD D3020 unless you need the small footprint. You'll be paying a premium for the smaller size as opposed to full sized receivers. Because the market is so competitive and so many are manufactured (economies of scale), audio video receivers can often be (but not always) a better price/performance value than stereo amplifiers. Plus, some modern AVRs have wifi capability for connecting to tablets (depending on the receiver and the tablet).
Yes. You can run the analog outs on your uDAC to an amplifier or receiver.
Some questions, though.
1) What are your expectations about listening volumes (do you like it REALLY loud)? Is this a big room that you will be playing them in?
2) Are you into bass heavy music genres and do you like a lot of bass emphasis? If so, bookshelves and a sub might be your best bet.
Finally, while often the best deals to be had for speakers are online, you should get out to some music stores and listen to some speakers so you have some idea of what you like.
1) Not really. I want to use it for more of background music/ study music. Ambient music I guess. Not for party use haha. If I want to blast my music, I would use my headphones
2) I do listen to a little EDM and some pop music. Not much rap/ hip-hop. I do listen to are rock, classical, and jazz. I wouldn't want a lot of bass at all. Clarity, soundstage, and how "crisp" it is is are my priorities
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
Headphone output would not be the best way to connect the tablet to a speaker amplifier.
What is the make and model of the tablet?
It is a Nexus 7, so although it connects to USB, it does not have a USB port in itself. Is there some other way to connect it to a speaker amp? Or would I have to use a different component other than an amp to connect to my tablet via headphones?
Originally Posted by JRG1990
Speakers are very subjective theres no perfect speaker that suits everyone, and price doesn't always mean it will sound better to you every speaker design is a compromise is some way. really you should go and demo the speakers with your own music and buy whatever sounds best to you.
To power the speakers you could go with a av receiver or power amp a av receiver has more connectively options and more features than a power amp , a power amp like the crown xls is just a basic amplifier but has alot more cleaner power than an av receiver.
A headphone socket wouldn't be able to supply enough vrms to fully drive an amp, if your tablet supports usb on the go then you want a usb 1.1 (driverless) dac or usb to sdpif converter, I use this with my galaxy s4 http://www.amazon.com/Fanmusic-FM6011-Coxial-Converter-Digital/dp/B00A2QJK5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403189834&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+to+spdif , then plug it straight into my dac sounds no different than using the usb or spdif jack on my laptop and connecting to the dac.
I do agree with your statement about subjectivity. I probably will have to buy really entry level speakers for now, and save up in the future for better ones in like a decade or so. I am sure I would still greatly enjoy entry-level speakers.
So what would you recommend, receiver or amp? And I'm guessing my tablet would have to connect to either of those...
The product you have should work on my Nexus, since it works for your S4 since they use the same connection (mini USB --> USB). Still a bit confused on how that works, but it should be tablet > USB converter/ dac > receiver or amp > speakers, correct?
Thanks for your patience and replies guys! It's been helpful. Sorry if this is frustrating to you guys haha