So I'm toying with the idea of upgrading my desktop audio setup. To be honest, even after reading through several threads here I'm a little confused so bear with me. Currently I have laptop -> Audioengine D1 -> Promedia 2.1s. Personally, I don't believe that I need the subwoofer and have been thinking of an upgraded 2.0 setup. For additional future flexibility (and value?) - I was thinking of moving to a passive setup.
After reading through the info here - would I be correct in saying that a possible setup would be D1 -> receiver -> speakers?
In terms of options, likely looking at a "budget" to start for now with an eye towards eventually upgrading. In the range of around $150 I am looking at the Audioengine N22. At this price range, are there any other options I should look into in this price range? I have seen the TP21 etc mentioned.
Are there any recommendations for starter passive speakers in the $150-$200 range? Musical preference is mainly rock based with some additional variety. For example, a current playlist includes Arcade Fire, M83, Black Keys, Chvrches and Daft Punk. Elsewhere, I have seen the Pioneer BS22s and Monoprice BX5 knockoffs recommended.
To close out - would it alternatively be worth just purchasing the Audioengine A5s at around $350? Of course - the question that always comes up with this hobby. How much of an upgrade would this/any potential setup offer over the Promedia 2.1s?