Desktop Audio Setup with Passive Speakers
Hi all - Looking for help on a desktop audio setup with passive speakers. Much appreciated in advance!
I'd like to be able to use the speakers in a larger living room setup in a future date, but for now they will be used in a small room with my desktop PC. So optimizing for good speakers, but not an amazing amp as I'll look to upgrade that in the future.
Will play games, but would like to optimize for high quality music, so bass is not super important.
Have a motherboard with Realtek® ALC1220-VB, which includes S/PDIF optical out, so would like to avoid a separate DAC if possible
Speakers: Q Acoustics 3020i
Amp: SMSL AD18
Will the SMSL AD18 be powerful enough to get good sound out of the 3020i?
Will not having a separate DAC harm sound quality?
Looks like a pre-amp won't be necessary. Is that right?
Lastly, is this worth the effort and money, or should I just go with an active speaker such as R-41PM? Remember, I'd like to be able to use the speakers in a larger room (with a more powerful amp) in the future.