I am new to high end audio. I want to slowly but together a high end system with the best bang for the buck. I also want the ability to stream from a laptop since this is the future. I want to start with a good set up for headphones since this will get me going for $2-3K and I can hopefully use this as a preamp and pick up some used monoblock amps and speakers later. I am currently thinking of a Benchmark DAC1 or Grace m902 or HeadRoom Desktop Balanced Amp.
Can I use these as a satisfactory preamp in the future? If so which of these would be the best set up? If these will not work as a good preamp what budget preamps should I look at?