I wouldn't worry too much about getting a separate DAC since that amp has a USB DAC. My Meier Cantate.2 has a USB DAC built around a PCM2702 chip, used by other amps only as a USB receiver (and I did get a cheap DAC-Amp before using the same chip), and I prefer it over a bunch of entry-level CDPs (CD5004, C545, 351C, etc) and even some expensive ones (Apollo). The really good ones that I liked better? The CDT23 and CD50T (which surprisingly don't sound as warm as the Apollo, contrary to what people might assume about tubes) and the CD72, all of which are a ridiculous amount of money that I won't spend on a source unit for now. Either Dr. Meier really did a fantastic job integrating this chip with the power supply, or the CDPs I didn't like really had output stages that colored the sound too much. Or the $$$ IC's the shop was using was actually screwing around with the sound too, compared to one that just comes from one corner of the circuit board.