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Apologies if this goes in the wrong place but I'm finally about to get some Student Finance after not being paid for a few months and thanks to the severe austerity I've had to impose on myself I'm going to have a lot of spare money. I want some decent audio since my 5W USB speakers are cringeworthily bad. At home I have a set of huge panasonic bookshelf speakers connected to the base unit of one of those multimedia things you used to get with the huge CRT TVs back in the day -- you know what I mean, two huge speakers, a base unit that would play CDs and connect to the TV.
What I'm looking for is an amp and a set of smaller speakers that I can take to and from university with me, and if ant audiolads can advise, possibly a DAC.
So, Q1: Would a USB DAC on the cheaper end (~£50) be a marked improvement over the on board DACs on my high-end Samsung laptop and mid-range PC mobo (both some generic Realtek chipset)?
Q2: As I intend to buy used, what are some good brands of amp or receiver to look out for? Are there any particular brands/models that perform better than their price point would suggest?
Q3: Same as above, but with small bookshelf speakers?
Q4: Is there anything I've missed, or anything I should be wary of when looking at/for used equipment?
Thanks in advance lads, I know it's a long post but I'm clueless on this and I hope I'll be able to get some opinions.
Pic related: The pathetic tin cans I'm currently using.