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Basically I am setting up a DAW and I think I've figured out how the whole audio interface/mic/computer will be setup, however, I am stuck on how to set up the speakers.

I am thinking of buying

speakers which I think are a good buy for me. However, I do not know which subwoofer to buy that will produce a good low end. The obvious (not best) choice for me is the which is a bit expensive, but would very easily be setup with the speakers. The looks like an alright fit and it is cheaper but neither seems perfect for me.

My final question that relates to this is whether I should run the speakers from the audio interface output, or out of the headphone jack on my Macbook Pro? Also XLR or TRS? I'm only beginning to understand all of this audio stuff so I may not fully have understood what I'm asking, but any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Before messing with subwoofers, I first suggest trying out the BX5a's on their own. They are quite good speakers, and you might find that for accurate monitoring you simply don't need extreme volume at lower bass frequencies.

Onboard audio in the Macbooks is generally okay for basic audio work, however, to give you more versatility I'd encourage you to look to an audio interface. That will provide you with greatly increased connectivity options, balanced input and output, likely lower audio latency, and many other good things.

The question of how to connect the monitors to a signal is dependent mostly on what you end up connecting them to. XLS and 1/4" TRS are both balanced (which means they carry the signal, and inverted copy of the signal, and a ground), while your standard minijack ('headphone') connection carries left, right, and ground. Balanced interconnections are desirable for their increased resistance to noise, and with the XLR connection there is much increased durability, as well. A good audio interface will provide you with balanced outputs to drive the speakers with.
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