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what mr miles said. with music we like stereo. With movies we like surround sound (thats 5.1 or anything above 2 channels) First look at your environment. Where is everything situated where your system going to be and where what is the room size. Then how do you like your music. You like to listen to it speakers pumping away or do you like to chill on headphones?If you want speakers then a soundcard will be a waste of money if your motherboard does have a digital output.Always aim for speakers that will fill your room (with that I mean sound wise not the size of the speakers)No specs or anything can tell you how good or bad a speaker is. Go to a shop and listen to them before purchasing it.For a room that's not big neither small try going for a mid sized full or near full range speaker. Manufacturers like Polk, B&W, Martian Logan, Mission, SVS to name a few make some very good speakers. There's more that the other users will mention probably. Wattage is a relatively meaningless term because it totaly depends on how the company does the rating as there is no real standard. The more important thing to consider is frequency response at a certain db level andthe efficiency of the speaker its self plus its all about what you like, let your own ears make the decision. Receivers stay away from Sony except for their ES line. Yamaha make some good $300-$400 ones as do Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer. You can't go wrong with them.
Great explanation .

I looked at some receivers but they're out of my budget, my entire budget is 400AUD and just a basic receiver is 400 . Also I have space considerations, which is why a DAC is looking like the better option.
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So can anyone tell me if it's worth paying the extra $30 to get the Audinst DAC?

AUNE HIFIDIY $140 AUD

Audinst MX-1 $168 AUD
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So can anyone tell me if it's worth paying the extra $30 to get the Audinst DAC?

AUNE HIFIDIY $140 AUD

Audinst MX-1 $168 AUD
Based on what I have read when I was doing research on DAC's the Audinst MX-1 got great reviews. Plus it's a pretty good headphone amp to boot. Would you consider headphones instead of speakers? More bang for the back with headphone imho.
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Based on what I have read when I was doing research on DAC's the Audinst MX-1 got great reviews. Plus it's a pretty good headphone amp to boot. Would you consider headphones instead of speakers? More bang for the back with headphone imho.
I already have Sennheiser HD448s, they're not amazing but they do the job for now. I'm definitely going to upgrade to some better 'made for music' headphones sometime down the road.

So spend the extra $30 for the Audinst?
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Great explanation .

I looked at some receivers but they're out of my budget, my entire budget is 400AUD and just a basic receiver is 400 . Also I have space considerations, which is why a DAC is looking like the better option.
buy used, although getting a DAC is still a good second alternative.

as long as you're happy.
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Op if you got headphones and not enough to build a bigger setup then get a soundcard. Don't go out and buy the fanciest one. Get a cheap Xonar that can power the cans. Save the rest up and start building a system. a person don't buy a great setup in one go. It takes time. You can always add piece for piece.

So look Ok I want a outside Dac but will be on the other end that plays the final product? Do you have speakers or just the headphones?
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So look Ok I want a outside Dac but will be on the other end that plays the final product? Do you have speakers or just the headphones?
I'm going to get Audioengine A2s with the Audinst DAC, is that a good setup?

Buying a receiver is really not an option atm due to space considerations, same goes for floor standing speakers and large bookshelfs.

Can I wire a sub to that setup later if I want? The DAC only has RCA and headphone jack, no sub out or anything...Sorry if this is a stupid question, it's just that I'm use to wiring car audio lol, I have no clue about pc/home theater audio
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I'm going to get Audioengine A2s with the Audinst DAC, is that a good setup?

Buying a receiver is really not an option atm due to space considerations, same goes for floor standing speakers and large bookshelfs.

Can I wire a sub to that setup later if I want? The DAC only has RCA and headphone jack, no sub out or anything...Sorry if this is a stupid question, it's just that I'm use to wiring car audio lol, I have no clue about pc/home theater audio
If you're going to use only speakers with your ext. DAC you should look into the HRT Music Streamer II instead. Many good things are being said about that DAC.
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