Originally Posted by joatguru
Thanks Transmaniacon, I wanted to build a system that is towards the higher end but little bit at a time. That's why I wanted to get the amp and some not so expensive speakers for now. I do not have a preamp at this time but wanted to use HTPC's Xonar DX for now, towards the end of the year wanted to upgrade the preamp.
You configuration looks great, infact I had a similar configuration in mind with a E400 with all Polk speakers. But that fails to excite me, besides from having a good sounding audio, I want to satisfaction of building it myself, including spending hours on room correction
, and maybe even build some DYI speakers down the line, that's why i wanted to buy separate components. Buying AVR sounds dead endish to me.. I know I am new in this area and i might not be making sense, sounding childish, but I am pretty much fixated on this route...
If you want to build up a nice system slowly, then I would start with 2.1. Get a nice sub and pair of bookshelves, and later on add the rest. Here is the reason why, electronics change so rapidly, every year there is a new AVR model coming out, and things like HDMI 2.0 is on the horizon, meaning it is much easier to buy a speaker that will last versus a piece of electronics. Speakers that are well maintained will last decades, so this is where you should put the money.
I am not sure how well the sound card will work as a preamp, a preamp is more than just a DAC, it does video and audio processing, volume control, source selection, and add EQ.
If you are dead set on having separate components, here is what I would do. Buy a receiver with pre-outs, this lets you add a discrete amp later on and use the receiver as a preamp. This way you have all the functionality to start now, but have the option to expand later. You could go with the Marantz SR5008, which can be had refurbished for $630 at www.accessories4less.com
. Then you can still get the SVS PB-1000 sub, and a nice pair of bookshelves like the Wharfedale Diamond 10.2