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Should I get the HT Omega Claro + or go another route?

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EDIT: This post is also in the hi-fi section, but was unsure which forum was more appropriate.

Alright, so I noticed the HT Omega Claro + is on sale at Newegg for $134.99 after a $40 promo code EMCKEJK35.

Essentially I am looking for a sound solution to my near complete Sandy Bridge setup (just need to figure our whether I use RAID 1 or a software backup). I currently have the MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard and a 2500K processor. The MoBo has decent onboard audio (Realtek 811E with 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial), but we all know it can be much better. I also have HD555 set of cans. I currently have Klipsch Pro 2.1 speaker setup.

At some point I may not mind hooking up some real speakers like a small pair of KEF or Paradigms and a different subwoofer. And if I did that I might want to use a receiver so I can switch sources and perhaps listen to TV or what not (although currently I have no TV in my computer room and don't know how much I would use it as I have a decent home theater setup).

Thoughts on what is best to do? I am not looking to upgrade the speakers right now and I either will want to spend less than $200 or upwards of a $400 limit through Best Buy/Magnolia (I have about $250 or more in credit to use there).

Thanks.

Should I go with an external DAC, receiver, soundcard, or a combination of those? And if the answer is a soundcard will the HD Claro + do more than fine for me?
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If you plan on hooking up speakers better than the Klipsch ProMedias you have I would recommend moving onto an external solution.

I can't say anything about products from Best Buy, but if your budget is strictly UNDER 200 then you should look at the Audinst MX-1. It's 180.

While better could be found in the under 250 range, I'll have to offer that for now.

Not sure what you could buy in the 400 dollar range at best buy that would be better, perhaps someone else could chime in.

The Claro + is okay, but I personally wouldn't buy it. Too many better solutions around it's price.
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If you plan on hooking up speakers better than the Klipsch ProMedias you have I would recommend moving onto an external solution.

I can't say anything about products from Best Buy, but if your budget is strictly UNDER 200 then you should look at the Audinst MX-1. It's 180.

While better could be found in the under 250 range, I'll have to offer that for now.

Not sure what you could buy in the 400 dollar range at best buy that would be better, perhaps someone else could chime in.

The Claro + is okay, but I personally wouldn't buy it. Too many better solutions around it's price.
Thanks. Odds are I might be able to spend a little more on either solution. Dont forget BB owns Magnolia as well. I will most likely stick with my pro medias for a few months longer.
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