So, about twenty years ago, I bought Cambridge Soundworks FPS2000 Digital Speakers, and they’ve served me… fairly well. My current computer doesn’t have surround out natively, but I got this $17 thing from Amazon, and that seems to Just Work.
However, there’s two big downsides. First, the subwoofer used a proprietary weird connector which does not seem to exist anymore. So I’m using it as 4.0 rather than 4.1 — and powering the subwoofer for no reason, really.
Second, it’s developed a hum. Power line filters (and the external USB audio device) don’t seem to help. The computer itself is pretty loud with fans, so I don’t need absolute silence, but… it’s definitely louder than I’d like.
So, I’m shopping for a replacement. I see this from Logitech, but… eh, those speakers look big and clunky next to the neat 3.25" cubes of my current system.
Are there other options in the $2-300 price range I should be looking at? Are there ones which will connect to my computer via USB and remove the need for the separate audio adapter (and still Just Work with Fedora Workstation)?
Alternately… can I keep the satellite speakers and just replace the subwoofer (and maybe add a center channel)? That replacement would also need to drive the speakers…
and again it’d be awesome if that connected by USB and served as the sound device too. Does such a thing exist?