my powered desktop 2.1 system seems to die in a bit. Any now or then, the right channel stays silent for a few seconds, but I checked: it is not the speakers fault. It is an 10 year old Bose Companion 3 system, which was picked up years before I got into HiFi & Home-Cinema.
In my living room, I am using an 5.0 setup with Nubert Nuline speakers and a Denon AVR-X3500H. I am pretty happy with that, but I think the time has come to upgrade my desktop audio experience.
What is already available?
When playing games or chatting via discord, I listen to my Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro, connected to a Fiio K3, which receives the music from my desktop computer. So there is no need for new DAC. Speakers are not ordered jet, but depending on availability, price and mood, I might choose one of the following:
Q Acoustics 3020i, Klipsch R-51M or KEF Q150
Why passive speakers?
I like the idea of being able to switch components without buying new speakers OR having payed money for features that I will never use. That includes built-in DACs & connectivity things like bluetooth - there is no need for that. Nevertheless, if you see me walking down the wrong path, feel free to. So feel free to add powerd speakers to your recommendation, instead of an AMP.
What am I looking for?
At this point, I am struggling to choose an AMP to power those passive speakers. A few month ago, I tested a LOXJIE A10 and moved my rear speakers from the living room to my desktop. That worked fine, but all in all I didnt liked the look of my rear-speakers on my desktop, so I returned it.
I am mainly listening to Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal (not exclusively, but most of the time). Spotify is the medium for 90% of the time. The room is small (4m x 4m) and the speakers will be placed near the wall ON my desktop (small stands to gain some hight included). An AMP with sub-out would be perfect, yet not required at the moment. Being able to connect my headphones to the amp is a must-have.
I am living in the northern parts of Germany, so availability of some brands might be an issue. I like the concept of stacking components and would love to buy some Schiit equipment - but availability in Europe is null. All in all, I would love to have a noise-free setup. My current Bose system produces some decent amount of noise, which is extremely annoying when not playing any music.
What I hate about the Fiio K3 is the fact that it cannot switch between outputs. So when playing music via speakers, I need to remove my headphones. Otherwise the Fiio will stream music to both components. When reading / watching reviews, I found a Topping headphone amplifier which bypasses the signal if not activated. Long term, I am looking for a solution where I do not need to plug in / plug out my headphone 24/7.
Thanks for reading! If you not already ran away, I would love to read your thoughts & tips.