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Do I understand this right? Amp/DAC rec

nastynick

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Hello. I'd like add some monitors to my desk and not sure I understand what components I should buy.

I built a pair of passive speakers with a bmr and pair of woofers (I used these plans). They are going on my desk, but will also be my bedroom system. These are not Hi-Fi speakers and I don't have good ears. So, I'd like get a pretty good amp to drive them that offers a good value. I'm looking at the Ayima A07 max, Fosi ZA3, Cambridge Audio ADA25, and the Emotiva BasX A2m.

For now, I'm going to skip a streamer and just use my desktop computer. Instead of using the 3.5mm line out I figure I should get a DAC to add equalization and prevent issues with interference. I also wouldn't mind having a high quality mic setup for recording myself at the desk and for video calls. So I'm looking at adding an audio interface. I saw good reviews of the Motu M2 and Audient iD4 MKII. Are there others around this price point that are newer/better?

I was thinking pc > usb 2.0 > M2 > balanced 1/4" > Fosi ZA3 > banana plug > speakers

Does this sound like a complete setup for a basic stereo system for a desk? Will this setup sound pretty good? Will something like the M2 or iD4mkII sound as good as something like the Topping E30II? Am I misunderstanding anything here? Are there better options?
 
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I'm just putting this here for reference. I ended up figuring out, what I hope will be a pretty enjoyable desk system. Starting with the pair of rule breaker speakers and a GRS high excursion sub in a ported 1 ft3 enclosure tuned to 27 Hz. The path is PC>USB-C>Scarlett 2i2>balanced XLR>Dayton SPA250DSP>balanced XLR>Fosi ZA3.

I'm pretty excited about the system. It's definitely a lot nicer than I was intending to build when I started. It's got a lot of great features like auto power, low pass and high pass filters, DSP sub, balanced inputs and all the software and functions that come with the interface.
 

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