I’m looking for a new 2.1 system that I used on my computer desk. I’m looking to replace my Bose Companion 5. I tried the Edifier S350DB, but it had a hardware issue where it would have high-pitched whine coming from the speakers all the time. The Swan M50W is impossible to find. I’m thinking at this time, I’ll just be better off building a 2.1 system rather than using an all-in-one solution.
I’m looking at going with either a passive, or active solution. The passive solution would be something like this:
Micca RB42 + SMSL AD18 or SA300 + Some powered sub
The active solution would look like:
Swan D100 + miniDSP nanoDIGI + DAC + Some powered sub
Utilize either USB audio or fiber optic source (toslink/spdif), as the only other source on my computer I have is the on-board sound card on my computer, and I’d prefer not to utilize that DAC. I don’t have a coaxial port on my computer.
Control the low-pass crossover between the two without relying on the in-built crossover in the sub woofer. As demonstrated in Zeos’ video on Kanto Sub6/Sub8 this feature is not reliable, thus I’ve included the miniDSP in the mix to handle that and better control where the crossover point is and tune it better with the speakers. One of the questions I have for these amps is if the subwoofer pre-out is low-pass or full range (expecting the sub to filter). If that’s the case I’d like to get a miniDSP to crossover instead in between the amp, and the sub (will volume control still work?).
Volume control, with a remote or knob. The passive solution allows for an amp which can have a knob, and also a remote control. Just a remote control is OK. Honestly the IR remote from the Edifier was pretty nice to have compared to the wired remote that the Swan, and Bose have.
I think the passive solution has more pros since each component can be replaced with a different component, whereas the active solution the amp can’t be replaced. What do you guys think? I’m a bit burnt out on all of this equipment research over the last few days. I’m hoping someone might be able to provide a little guidance.