Pa-recommend po ng audio upgrade sa setup ko:
On-board audio (GA-H97N-Wifi)
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series ll (speakers)
ATH M50X (thru headphone jack ng speakers)
Mas sulit ba magpalit kesa magdagdag ng amp or something? Wala din ako kasi idea.
Okay naman sa tenga ko yung setup, pero kung magkakaron ng noticeable improvent mas okay :)
Budget is 5k siguro. Thanks!
Ok din mag add ng external amplifier and DAC tulad ng mga FiiO AMP/DAC units. Pero I think ang mag benefit lang is yung M50x headphones mo dahil powered na kasi ang T20 speakers.
Maganda yung suggestion ni dm1179 na sell your T20 speakers (plus add your 5K budget) and upgrade to better sounding speakers. Add pa ako ng suggestions:
Anthony Audio Abel Bluetooth Series (Php 7,500)
Swans HiVi D1080-IV (Php 7,990)
Swans HiVi D1080MKII 08 (Php 6,990)
Napakinggan ko na yung Swans HiVi na speakers and so far above average ang sound niya for multimedia speakers. Also they are readily available (last I checked) so easy to demo and purchase from PC shops in Gilmore. You might also want to check out the locally made Bluetooth powered speakers from Anthony Audio as they are bang-for-buck quality speakers.
Another option is to go the dedicated speaker amplifier and bookshelf speaker route. Get an affordable amplifier and pair it with affordable bookshelf speakers. Then add some budget for speaker wires / interconnects. For example:
SMSL SA-36A PRO (Php 3,499) = 20W per channel @ 8ohms
SMSL SA-60 (Php 5,499) = 60W per channel @ 8ohms
Non-powered Bookshelf Speakers
Anthony Audio Abel (Php 5,000)
Anthony Audio Ezekiel II (Php 7,000)
Anthony Audio Philippians II (Php 10,000)
suggestions by dm1179
Yung dedicated amplifier + bookshelf speaker option will be a huge upgrade from your GigaWorks T20 II but they will also be the more expensive option.
Hope this helps! :-)