I want to hear my GPO sounds as faithfully as possible on a limited budget. My low-end speakers are inadequate. I don't have much room for floor speakers (very small apartment). I require a headphone jack since I often work after 10pm when my apt. building regulations forbid stereo use.
So: what's a good price-performer method to get maximum fidelity?
--Should I shop for speakers? (Specific recommendations? Dan Kury's audio tutorial recommends spending at least $500--ouch.)
--Or should I rather put the money in a better sound card and headphones and postpone speaker purchase till the budget permits? Sound card/ headphone suggestions?
Currently I only have a SoundBlaster Live!, many of whose whose onboard General Midi sounds are pretty good for the price and are convenient for quick & dirty playback (with Sibelius), but I'm aware the card is obsolescent at best. Can I leave this in as a quick-check synthesizer alongside a better card?
P4 Celeron 2.4GHz (upgrading soon to real P4 2.8), 2 GHz RAM, W2000Pro