I am new to the forum, and have had a great time reading about and looking at everyones awesome setups. I am now after one of my own for a home office (3.5m x 4m). I don't have a fixed budget, but would like to keep it under $1500 if possible. I am happy to pickup second hand gear (there seems some great bargains in the classifieds!). I think I most need help with matching the components, so I don't end up with a fantastic amp yet poor speakers, for example.
I would prefer a separate DAC and amp so I can upgrade later on. The main source will be a laptop, so a DAC with USB is a requirement, thought optical in would also be useful.
I have been looking for small footprint devices as they will be sitting on a desk. The amp seems the hardest component to find in a small size, but I have found the following options:
Topping TP-60 (~$280)
NAD D3020 (~$600, combined amp and DAC)
Rega Brio-R (~$500 second hand)
Denon PMA-50 (yet to be released, amp + DAC)
Teac AI-101DA (yet to be released, amp + DAC)
Of these, the Topping and Rega seem to be ideal as they are just amps.
For the DAC, I have been looking at the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 100 ($150-$200 second hand). Are there other options I should consider?
I haven't yet looked at many speakers, as it seems easier to find small speakers than small amps, but so far the Cambridge Audio S30 (~$380) seems a great fit. Would these speakers be a good match to the amp options? What other speakers should I consider? Is there a general rule of thumb for spending on amp/DAC/speakers?