I am aware that some builders will look at my setup and screm out in terror. I am sorry for their possible hair loss in advance.
This is my setup. A bit of hodgepodge, but it served me well so far:Inputs:
PC with optical audio out in Dolby Live 5.1 format from a Creative USB sound cardSubwoofer
Sony SACS9.CEL (~100-120W)
The only problem I have with it is that I can hear a very faint hum from it when it is on. I was thinking of returning it, but have unfortunately ran out of time to do so. Oh well. I do have to point out that it is perhaps 2 meters from me, so waaay closer than what would be best. But I have no more space.Amp:
I had to put some resonation separators (handkerchiefs for now, looking for big rubber feet) under the feet to get rid of an ugly hum from it.Speakers: Center & satellites
My speakers are a mess right now: my center and surrounds are remnants of my Creative Megaworks 550 THX: Cute little 7.5cm satellites rated for a somewhat surprisingly high 70W. But they have decent sound (although lack bass) and more than enough power. I had to throw out the Megaworks sub/amp, because it started a very pronounced hum, and because I wanted to have an optical path to the amp. (As on higher volume settings, I could hear electrical noise, even with the USB sound card.)Speakers: Fronts
My fronts are examples of emergency fixes that become semi-permanent: I have the creative speakers in series with old sony boxes. The problem with the boxes is that their tweeters are out of commission, so practically they only provide the bass, creating a frankenstein speaker pair. The amp takes care of equalizing the volumes due to the differences in resistance.Headphones:
While it is good enough for wired use, it was one of the main reasons I stopped buying Sennheiser. Do yourself a favour and don't buy it for its bluetooth or noise cancelling capabilities, as it is a nightmare. But I hardly ever use it.
I am "planning" on replacing at least the center and fronts with Wharfedale 220s, as in some instances the lack of any decent bass from the center is very apparent.