Hi. No experience with the player, but it would certainly sound much better with a high quality dac, using the MF as transport only if it has provision for this. If your looking for a dac, why not consider one with USB. Computer audio is extremely good. As I write Im listening to Bob Marleys legend in FLAC and it sounds fantastic even though the recording itself is quite old. Modern recordings sound fantastic. The cd function of my AMR gets rarely used these days.