Lately, I’ve been looking for ways to improve the sound output for my Dell PC.
I’m dealing with the following outputs (according to the manual):
seven back-panel connectors for line-in, line-out, microphone,
surround, side surround, center/subwoofer Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel, and S/PDIF; two front-panel connectors for headphones/microphone
I’m currently using the default analogue output. I’m not planning to go for the 7.1 surround output, mainly because those 7.1 sets can be pretty expensive, and it’s still analogue. The S/PDIF output seems appealing to me. Of course, you’d generally need a receiver to handle the digital signal but there are some monitor speakers that can handle the signal directly. Mainly this one: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-MS40-Powered-Studio-Monitors/dp/B000IKSIOM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1272066110&sr=1-4
There are other possibilities, such as usb speakers, adding a pci express sound card or just buying much better 3.5mm input speakers… What do you think? What would be be the best and relatively cheapest way to ‘upgrade’ the sound output for my pc?