Originally Posted by kalash74
I just got in a pair of Audioengine A5+s powered speakers that I plan to combine with a PC setup running iTunes (I'm running Windows 7 on a Dell Latitude laptop).
Umm... "plan...", that means that while you have obtained the speakers and have them in your possession, you haven't actually hooked them up and listened to them?
What's wrong with hooking them up, experimenting with their position, orientation, and other areas of compatibility...>?
I'm also thinking of getting Audioengine's D1 DAC to improve the sound quality.
Exactly which Dell Latitude do you have? Some have good audio interfaces built right into them, and others are the pits. We might beable to capitalize on some sound quality tests that others have done.
I also plan to go wireless, probably via AppleTV. Will this suffice (PC --> ATV --> DAC --> powered speakers) to get good sound, or will I still be passing audio through my computer's internal mixer and thus be picking up sound artifacts I don't want?
IME Kmixer artifacts are often wildly overblown. Can you hear it in a reliable listening test? Does it measure out to have problems that would be definately audible? Many web eggspurts weigh in on these issues with lots of opinions and not so much reliable evidence...
There's an article here which claims that using iTunes on a PC without any adjustments doesn't typically produce good sound:
The author I think used a program called 'Virtual Cable' to bypass the windows kmixer and get better sound. Curious if you guys recommend this...
It appears that the author himself is having second thoughts, now that he's struggling with stability problems.
If it is not broken, don't fix it!
The bottom line is that I want the best sound I get out of my PC running iTunes playing apple lossless files.
Work on the speaker and acoustics end of the equation unless you know for sure that something is really wrong elsewhere.