My question is essentially about buying studio monitors to be used with my Audiobox USB 2x2...though I also wondoer if there is a case to be made for simply buying some stereo speakers and using them? I admit I'm relatively new to the home studio thing so I'm open to suggestions and advice.
Also, the Audiobox USB has 1/4" output jacks in the back, so do I need to look for monitors with the same input jacks, or if I found monitors that had XLR inputs could I use a 1/4"-to-XLR cable and be better off? How about passive or active monitors...does it matter for basic home studios?
I'm using Windows 10 on my own home-built systems with older ones having a minimum 4gb ram and the better ones for editing having up to 32gb (this may relate to the next para.) The Audiobox USB is being used with a Nektar keyboard, and having tried it so far with headphones I've been very happy. I generally make sure I have the latest drivers.
That said, one off topic question I'll throw in: I've noticed that depending on the type of music or instrument, once in a while I'll get dropouts...the annoying breaks or crackles that I'm presuming are due to some latency in the computer system I was running the DAW on (Presonus Studio 2.6 cd that came with the purchase.) So, I'm curious what I need to do to guarantee I never have dropouts.