There’s no better way to improve your desktop listening experience than adding a pair of external speakers, except by adding a DAC and speakers. Of course there are billions of choices but if you want the scoop on just one recommended setup that comes in at $422, you’ve come to the right place.
Tannoy Reveal 402 speakers ($139.99/each)
The Tannoy Reveal 402 are ‘studio monitors’ but all that means is the company decided to target that market. In fact, the 402s are my favorite active speakers anywhere near their price.
AudioQuest DragonFly Black v1.5 DAC ($99.95)
The little DragonFly Black, the size of a USB stick, is our go-to choice for getting better sound from your phone. It’s also a two-fer because you can use it with your computer. When combined with the Tannoys, this desktop system is capable of filling your head, and a small room, with distractingly good-sounding music.
How To Connect Everything
- Plug the DragonFly into a USB port on your computer
- Connect the mini-plug to the Dragonfly
- Connect the 3.5mm end of the interconnects to the DragonFly and the RCA ends to the Tannoys
- Plug the Tannoys in
You will also have to tell your computer to play music through the DragonFly. AudioQuest does a nice job explaining this in the DragonFly manual.
The Shopping List (from Amazon)
Tannoy Reveal 402
AudioQuest DragonFly Black v1.5
AudioQuest Tower 1.5m RCA Analog Audio Interconnect Cable (check the length you need. This is for a 1.5m pair)
Audioquest 3.5mm Mini-Plug-to-2-RCA Adapter