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That Shanling unit is really cool. I've seen/heard it a couple of times and I would love to own one for a bedroom/office system. You could use any high-eff. speaker of your choice, including the budget models from Fritz or Tekton.
Another great choice for a small system is a pair of Quad 12L active loudspeakers and a cd or universal player that has variable volume control. I'm using this type of simple system today using an Oppo 970 Universal player with level-2 mods from EVS, plus the Quad active speakers. It is a killer small/simple system. The Oppo has built-in variable volume control, so the whole system works via remote. It also plays DVD, SACD, DVD-A, etc., so it is a full blown digital audio/video playback system using only 2 components (Oppo/Quads).
Have a set of the Fritz Carbon 7s here on audition. Great speaker - looking at selling my Merlin VSMs to pick up a few bux and replace them with these - actually end up with better bass!
I have heard a number of his smaller models any of which would be ideal for the desktop application you are designing. I agree with Lindisfarne, Fritz is a great guy who is committed to building great speakers - and is more then willing to give accurate real world advice to help you make the right choice.
I have never seen the Shanling but have owned a number of iPod/Squeezebox/USB DAC systems. I have developed a few criterion:
1) minimize the number of oomponents - less footprint, fewer cables, fewer tweaks
2) some kind of external remote so you don't have to stop working on your computer to mute for a phone call etc
3) no reason to worry about the system doing 100db, its just not the way I listen when I work - remember you are going to be listening nearfield from 3-6 feet
Right now I would be inclined to look for something from Taiwan or China with a USB DAC and amp in one package, preferably with a remote.
Anything over 10-15 watts should give you plenty of level