New subscriber needs help with a good PC based audio solution!
I spend far too many hours of my lift listening to music! I've always enjoyed some good in ear headphones for my ipod (currently waiting for my goldring cx200's to arrive, before that i had some shure e2c's and some panasonic hje70's) but my home set up is severely lacking. I have a soundblaster x-fi and logitech z560's.
I want to spend around £3-500 and get the best quality sound for music, im not bothered about dvd's or gaming. I listen to all my music in my room but like the idea of buying hi-fi seperates rather than pc speakers so that i can at some point move the music into the living room.
I've read online that people have suggested a logitech sqeezebox as a way of bypassing the pc soundcard. I will consider that (although it'll push up the cost of the system) but i dont see too much point getting it as it would sit right next to the pc. Perhaps that would be a good investment when i later move my music to the living room.
So could someone suggest a good amp, speakers and (if necessary) a new soundcard? Do i need a digital amp or an analogue one? Whats the best way to connect the soundcard to the amp, an optical connection?