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I have a 11' by 11' room which I use as both home office and home theatre. My computer sends out audio to a $500 DAC and then to a pair of BX5a speakers, I have a 27'' monitor. I want to upgrade the audio but I am not sure which path I should take. My budget is $700-900, there is no space for 5.1 setup so I will limit my choices to 2.0/2.1.


1. Upgrade to Adam F7. I am fine without a subwoofer.

2. Upgrade to Paradigm Millenia CT, but then I won't be able to use the DAC anymore as I will feed digital signal from PC directly to the speakers.

3. Upgrade to Paradigm Soundtrack (is this still one of the best at $800 range? I have been looking at the YSP-2200 too.), again I won't be using DAC since it feeds digital signal directly from the PC.


I used to spend more time on music than movies, but recently it's almost all movies. Which setup would provide the best listening experience for me? Thanks!
 

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Speakers are almost always a better price/performance value in overall SQ than soundbars. And if this is for sitting at your computer, then having separate speakers means you'll be able to angle/position them for better imaging/sound.


A subwoofer does help for movies.


Do you have a local Guitar Center? They have various studio monitors, including Adams. Worth giving a listen before you do further research/decision making.


How about passive speakers and a small t-amp ? They are not very big (check the measurements).
 
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