Thanks for the response and especially the reminder to share existing equipment. The actuality is that I am starting from scratch trying to build a system. By asking my sometimes vague or off the wall questions is aimed at having all of you fine folks provide experienced advice to help determine the best options for me to end up with a solid starting point to tweak later.
My thoughts at this point include a DAC 9, MCX amp in some configuration, Buchart M400 monitors with the possibility of building a Decware WO32 sub. As for sources, a cd and HD streaming along with Bluetooth for my wife. Cabling tbd.