Okay, I'm all over the board here. I guess I should have givin a budget; I'm thinking $1,000-$1,500 total for now.
Gear I am considering:
Peachtree I Decco with level 2 mods from underwood ($829)
Benchmark Dac1 ($700)
Emerald Physics 100.2se ($700)
Sennheiser hd700 ($450)
Signet sl 280 bu
I was thinking that the Benchmark Dac 1 might satisfy my needs for a Dac/Preamp indefinitely. I could pair this with some Sennheiser HD700's and possibly be content. Another option would be to pair it with the Emerald physics amp and Signet sl 280 bu speakers...
I like the idea of the I Decoo but I am afraid that it wont be enough, even with the mods, and I feel like the amp, preamp, dac are all mediocre so when I did start to upgrade individually, the I Decco would not be of any use.
I figured that the Signet sl 280's would be decent for the $ and would actually sound as good as most of my other options under $600 (mostly local speakers on craigslist or used vendors). I really fell in love with my last Paradigm Sig 2's with beryllium tweeters and I know that in order to get something similar, I'll have to spend $1200 or more, which I don't have right now for speakers.
Anyways, still confused and looking! Please give me some more input! Thanks!