Yeah you'd need active speakers to go from the lineout of your motherboard, essentially the amp/s are built into the speaker. I have KRK V4 S4s studio monitors for my desktop now till I get around to building something from scratch. There are some home audio active speakers out there and more coming out, and there are advantages from a design perspective but they are all pretty high-end, aka expensive and your upgrade path is limited to pretty much nothing.Thank you, appreciate that. Would I be correct in that you would need active speakers to hook up direct like that. I'm not saying i'd want to do that, just trying to understand because
I have never used the mobo, except for hookups to what I realize now are powered units with inputs. I think I understand a bit better and it looks like I'm in for a receiver, unless I have a backup in the scrap pile for now. Thanks for clearing that up! And another thing I realize is that your right about the lower end units. I might just have to spend the cash for quality and in that case, you might be right about going for good stereo with a decent subwoofer. Thank you for helping me out with that, Operandi!
Start 2.0, add a sub later. If you didn't buy the Klipsch yet ELAC is supposed to be really good for buying something new. Otherwise buying higher-end gear is the way to go, or if you really want audio beyond your pay grade DIY.