Add DAC or mod player?

Need advice. I have an older, but well respected cd player, the Arcam FMJ23T. I can either have a well known company mod/upgrade the parts of the player (master clock, resistors, power supply, chassis dampening and more) or for a little more money, I can buy a decent DAC (for example, Chord Qute) and use the player as a transport. Any thoughts?
Where I live, my ability to audition equipment is very limited. So, while I'm interested in hearing the Bryston and Chord DACs, I can't. Any purchase decision will be based solely on opinions I get from this forum or from Stereophile reviews/recommendations. Appreciate the input. I'll let you know what I end up with.
In 2012 I sold my Meridian 800DAXv4, this year I bought the Olive 06HD. When you hear this level you will never buy a cd player again. You would be a fool. It has more weight ( 132 db) and less jitter than the best cd player you can buy for money. I can get almost all HD recordings for free. But also cd's sound better than I ever heard on very expensive highend players.
I would go the DAC route. The QuteHD with a nice linear power supply is very nice. I thought I was going to use my transport for ever but once I experimented with PC based music, there is no looking back!

The QuteHD gave me the chance to try out USB based computer audio and one thing led to another. Believe it or not, but you can get great sound from a computer.