Hello. I am basically a total beginner to the audio world. I don't know or pretend to know what is best, that's why I'm here. I work out of my home, so I'm listening to music probably 8 hours a day. I figured, if I'm doing all of this listening, I should upgrade from my crappy PC speakers to something a little more elaborate. All of this listening, as you might have guessed, is done at my PC. I have a ton of flac music, but I feel like I'm pissing into the wind by feeding it to these crappy Swan PC speakers. I'm not really concerned about sound for gaming or movie watching at all. I'm all about music. I've been looking at the NuForce Icon uDAC2-HP and the HK 3490/3390 based off of recommendations. I don't know that I'd be open to a headphone setup, because I had some triplefi 10's and they were uncomfortable and I wasn't that impressed with the sound. I listen primarily to classic rock, folksy-stuff, punk and a little bit of trance. I'm all about the vocals. I don't care at all about loudness, in fact most of my listening is done at low/medium volume.
I'm hoping someone can give me some suggestions on a setup for the following needs:
- Must be a setup I can use in conjunction with my PC.
- Must be a setup where I can use 2 unused Polk monitor 50's(these probably suck but I already have them) I have lying around. I'd be open to adding a sub if you think it's needed, but I tend to not like too much bass.
- I'd like to stay under $400 total. Excluding speaker cost of course, because I've already got them.
All opinions are very much appreciated.