I am about to dip toes into proper audio. I am nowhere near what you guys are at, in fact not even on the same planet. To set things straight from the start, I don't have access to stores that let you demo stuff so I have to rely heavily on tips and recommendation by the good people here.
What do I ultimately wish to achieve? Play my FLAC collection residing on an external pocket USB drive in a two channel set up, control it from my bed with the lights off completely. A weird habit I picked up in my childhood.
I will complete the set up in steps starting with the Canton Vento 809DC (are they any good for Pink Floyd?)
Thanks for the reply. The Logitech Squeezebox Touch looks like a good controller if I pair it with a Benchmark DAC1 (the Bel Canto is... expensive!). Do you know of any other solution i.e. something that reads from a hard drive and feeds the DAC?