FIrstly, I am a completley green begginner, noob, uninformed, no nothing, newcomer to hi-fi setups! I have already searched around alot of forums looking for answers, but they often don't hit the nail on the head for me, or rather just confuse me more.
Here is my situation:
I am purchasing a new pc system with the Asus Xonar essence stx sound card installed.
I am purchasing the Monitor Audio Bronze Bx2 speakers (pair of two)
What I DO know, is that I need an "amp" inbetween them. It need's to be powerful enough to drive the speakers properly, so they don't lose any power, and so there is no loss in audio quality or signal quality between the sound card and speakers etc. However, I do not need a lot of extra features etc from the amp, just the required power, and quality to get satisphying results from my speakers, and not underuse them. Another complication is, I've spent a whole lot, and I mean a whole lot on the pc system, monitor and the speakers, and now I find I need this amp... having to spend another set of hundreds on the amp as well kind of mind crushes me. But If my speakers will suffer power or quality loss unless I spend a certain amount I have no choice.
So this is my dialemma. Can someone please tell me my options? A good recommended amp that serves the lossless but (hopefully) money saving function? Also, How can I know it will match up well with my equipment? Finally, am I missing anything? is there another part I would need ideally, or is absolutlely required?
I know the chances are some people will be saying stuff like, "You want the best, you gotta pay for it". But I'm just hoping that the more expensive amp options are due to many features and connections that I don't necessarily need.
This setup will be focused on high quality music playback (flacs, cd's etc) , but I am also a gamer, movie lover.
Any help, advice would be greatly appreciated, and please remmember I'm not familiur with to many technical terms etc, this is my first attempt at an entry audiophile setup.
Thank you for your time -