I'm relatively new to this--I've been trying to absorb as much as possible for the last few weeks, but I'm sure that getting some expert advice would really help. Origionally I wanted to build a system that I could use as a home theater system and listen to music through... but after some quick research I felt that if I really care about audio quality, then I should scrap the HT aspect and focus on a nice little audio system.
What I'm thinking is:
A pair of bookshelf speakers--with the Dynaudio Excite X12s standing out (I origionally had been looking at the PSB Imagine Bs)
An integrated amp--after looking at the rec components here on stereophile I liked the Exposure 2010S (although when I looked, it seems that Exposure has moved on to the 2010S2--I haven't really found something comparing the 2010s to the S2... any info on this would be most welcome!)
I will probably be playing most of my music through my computer / digital storage, so I'm guessing I should get a DAC... but I'm really not sure about how to match a DAC to an AMP/speakers...
My room is about 12x20 and my budget is $2-3Kish (its somewhat fungable, with my fiancee prefering the low end, but if it's going to make a marked difference then I could go towards the high end--I'm also aware that the X12's and the 2010S/S2 already are well into this range...
Basically, I would love any insight into 1) Am I going in the right direction, or am I really overlooking some obvious choices and 2) I really am not as clear on the DACs...
Finally, I'm in the Washington DC metro Area and I will certainly be trying to audition whatever I can once I have an ideal about a set up/a few different set ups to look at.
Thank you all in advance for the time and thoughts!