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If you buy powered speakers, a receiver is necessary.
nooooooo no no no. Something like the BX5a will run out of whatever crappy sound card you want.

Powered speakers need no receiver, they'll run out of an iPod.
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post #12 of 18
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nooooooo no no no. Something like the BX5a will run out of whatever crappy sound card you want.

Powered speakers need no receiver, they'll run out of an iPod.
Thats what I thought. But Essence STX is crappy?
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post #13 of 18
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Thats what I thought. But Essence STX is crappy?
its not crappy but i feel like a DAC+AMP will be a better investment in the long run since you can use for your laptop or what ever portable device you have.
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post #14 of 18
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nooooooo no no no. Something like the BX5a will run out of whatever crappy sound card you want.

Powered speakers need no receiver, they'll run out of an iPod.
Whoops, you're correct. Mis-typed
    
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This is exactly the kind of set up I have been designing and I came to the conclusion that a DAC/Headphone amp and powered monitors would be perfect. I'm a big fan of neutral sound so I went with Fiio E7/E9 as amp+dac, AKG K701 for the cans and Yamaha HS80M for the powered monitors. They will have plenty of bass but I always have the option of adding a sub in later if I need to.
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post #16 of 18
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I am locked in to a DT990 and Asus Xonar Essence STX right now. What I still need to get is a pair of bookshelf monitors and a sub. My dilemma is choosing between active and passive. If I go the passive right I need to purchase a receiver. Can I get away with a cheap(ish) receiver and yet not sacrifice sound if I put most of my budget into a 2.1 set up?

Edit: Budget is sitting around ~$600 at the moment. (Down from $1000 after the sound card and cans purchase)

Also, thanks to everyone who has responded thus far, your help is really appreciated.
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I would recommend getting a receiver (even a cheap one) to facilitate upgrades later on. Plus, there is a lot more selection (and used market) among passive speakers.
    
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post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Arrec Barrwin View Post
I would recommend getting a receiver (even a cheap one) to facilitate upgrades later on. Plus, there is a lot more selection (and used market) among passive speakers.
I figured that the passive speaker market was a bit bigger. I feel like the passive speaker market has a greater number of quality speakers then the active market. I will probably end up going this route.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a good bang-for-buck receiver ~$150-200?
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