I still think my favorite so far is the NuForce amps, especially after reading the reviews... They also make a preamp that matches, and connecting brackets that would let me stack them neatly. You can get the two amps and preamp for $3K, if I got the DAC it'd be about 4K (probly a bit more with the connectors and stuff). I'd have a cute little tower, with extra inputs if I wanted them. That would leave maybe $5500 for speakers, I wouldn't need a sub if I got something with woofers. For example, Paradigm S8's. A lot of the reviews said that the NuForce amps are pretty "cold" sounding, and I'm wondering if I'd want to use some kind of vacuum tube preamp or DAC to warm it up a bit. Especially if it had pretty glowing tubes sticking out the top.