I read the CNET link. Looks good. If you say there is some bass, I can get the sub later, no worries. So Dayton Speakers, Lepia LP 2020A+ and FiiO E17? Is that the best that I can get for my money? Any other options on amps or DACs? One more thing, while going through your thread, I noticed the treble bypass. Can you explain on how to do that?
I don't know of a better system for the money.
Other options for amplifiers are these, but they are all quite a bit more expensive:
I don't have any other recommendations on DACs, although of course, there are others in the same price range. I'm very fond of the FiiO E17. If you get the E17, be sure to order the FiiO L7 line-out dock here:
The line-out dock allows you to bypass the headphone amplifier section of the FiiO E17 and run a line-out signal to the speaker amplifier. In this way, you are only using the FiiO E17 as a desktop DAC and not double-amplifying the signal. The headphone jack on the FiiO E17 will still be available and you can still use it as a headphone amplifier at the same time.
Don't worry about the treble bypass. There is a button on the front of the Lepai amplifier that allows you to select "tone" or "direct." If you select "tone," the tone controls are active on the Lepai amp. I have found these tone controls decrease the overall signal and don't really do a very good job of tone control. I prefer to select "direct" so that the tone controls are inactive on the Lepai. I do any EQ'ing at the source. For example, I use the equalizer in foobar2000, my music player program on my laptop, to make tone adjustments. You can always experiment with using the tone controls on the Lepai amp or bypassing them.