My current setup is a Microlabs Fc360 2.1 system. It connects to my computer which connects to my TV. I use it for TV, Movies, gaming and music. I'm pretty happy with the system in terms of price, footprint and ease of use. I upgraded from a Logitech system I had pick up used after 2 days because the logitech 2.1 system was so terrible that I had trouble making out dialogue in shows. I will be moving to Beijing in some months and will be linking to set up one or two sets of speakers, depending on how far the TV is from my work space. Video playback on the TV won't be an issue as android boxes have gone mainstream and 'cable' is subscription based. I have a 2.0 and 4.0 setup in my bedroom when I was growing up. They were my parents old amp and speakers. They were better than my boom box but even as a teenager they didn't impress me. So, the question is what to go with next. 2.1 computer speakers - (Edifier, HiVi or Micro Labs) studio monitors - (Edifier, HiVi, M-Audio or what ever is new and preferably a local brand) Bookshelf speakers - books shelf speakers + sub + DAC + ?? the 2.1 computer speakers and studio monitors are the easiest and likely the cheapest, but the least flexible and up-gradable. The Bookshelf speakers is a viable option but I don't now what the benefit is over studio monitors. Ideally I would like to use an optical out. Do the bookshelf speakers have any disadvantage in gaming? I remember seeing something years about about positioning. I don't see a big difference between 2.0 computer speakers and studio monitors in brands like Edifier and HiVi. With Edifier I've bought someone a set of R1000T4 or something similar and was very impressed by the sound. I see that I can get R1800T III or the HiVi D1080-IVB for under $100. Some of these also support BT and optical input.