I have a SVS SB-4000 on order. That should satisfy the bass end of things. You certainly have a lot of pieces in line before the D2. I had a look at the 2496. Could you explain in lay mans terms what this gizmo does? How does all these electronic pieces compare to a high end Music player. Mind I have had nothing to do with "High end Music players but i gather they can replace the type of set up using laptop to DAC.