This thread is meant to be a discussion of audio equipment. Both inside computers to the limit of computer-based audio, and viable alternatives at the high-end.
This is a topic that I would like to learn more about, and any questions/information on this topic is welcome in this thread.
The system I use most to listen to music is a near-silent (no hard drive, one 120mm FDB fan @ 7v) high-performance system with a Bluegears X-Plosion 7.1 sound card hooked up to Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers.
I'm exploring what it would take to get better sound. What is the weak-link in this system, and where should I go with it. My fear is that anything significantly better will be of significant cost. As this is an informative exploration, this shouldn't really be considered an obstacle. I suspect that pursuit of better sound will lead to an external audio amplifier and some good bookshelf or floorstanding speakers.
An external amplifier will be able to amplify 2 channels (I don't care about surround) but then I'm still dependant on the DAC and opamps on the soundcard. (correct?) The only way around this is to get a full-blown reciever to do the DTS decoding from the sound card. (correct?)
If I go this route, what should I be looking at for speakers? What is the next appreciable step after where I am?