Originally Posted by ngower
So the original lineup wouldn't be a bad option with a DAC down the road? If I got the 5003, NAD amp and PSB speakers, I'd probably have to wait until after Christmas to start scouting for a DAC, but do you think those three components paired with one would do admirably? I intend to pick up one of the components today.
[EDIT] The γ2 Compact High Performance DAC
Is that the one?
LOL Ok, sounds like you really want that 5003, so go for it - but I just want to make sure you get what I'm saying that if you then get a dac you're basically turning the 5003 into an overpriced transport, something any cheap cd player with optical/toslink output can do. So if you want to maximize your cash just get the 5003 (it looks nice, I see the appeal), skip the dac. Or get a super cheap cd player, and a dac (recommended). It doesn't make sense to have both, you'd be throwing money away.
So yes, that original lineup is a great start. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I'm a fan of Marantz gear myself.
Anyhoos, hope that makes sense.