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Originally Posted by Mrip541 View Post

I don't think cables will improve your current setup.

I'd probably go with Audioengine A5+ speakers ($399), the matching sub ($349), and a Schiit Modi 2 Uber ($149). Those speakers will sound great without the sub if you don't want to buy everything at the same time. They have a flat response all the way down to this note. The Modi's response is ruler flat and the distortion is well below hearing ability. If you want to go cheaper for speakers I hear good things about JBL's more affordable options like the LSR305.

If you want to stick with 2.1 I'd suggest making sure your speakers match the sub, regardless of which brand you go with. Pretty much any powered studio monitor plus the matching sub should sound much better than the promedias. However, I would be wary of multimedia/lifestyle lines of speakers from companies that also make pro monitors, where the multimedia version is much cheaper than the company's other products, like the CR3. IMO you're just paying for the name here.

Any USB dac that goes higher than 24/96 will have drivers that allow windows to handle it. I'm using a Modi 2 uber right now and it goes up to 24/192.

I'd go USB over optical. The one time I'd choose optical is if you need to electrically separate the dac from the computer.

In terms of cables, all you need is a cable that functions properly. By that I mean there are a lot of cables that do strange things to the signal either intentionally or unintentionally that alter the sound. A properly constructed cable should pass the entire audible bandwidth without messing with it. This company sells good cables. According to science those are the best you need.

If you want to read more head over to head-fi.org and check out the computer audio section, or computeraudiophile.com.

Solid, thanks bro!
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