Both the NAD and REGA are outstanding. Not sure how much, if anything, will be gained by putting a DAC in. The Rega prides itself on a pure Redbook playback.
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Not sure if this is useful information to you or not... but I have a NAD565BEE connected to my computer via the optical IN on the CD player thus playing my computer through the CD player dac. I also have a Asus Xonar Essence sound card which is supposedly pretty good. The asus has regular RCA analog outputs. The sound from both is almost the same, but the sound through the NAD is definitely better. I did A/B testing to confirm this.
Also the USB reader on the NAD does a great job. Mp3s played off of a flash drive sound as good as those same mp3s burned to an Audio CD (not data).
I have been very happy with my NAD565BEE. It was a refurb from Spirit Sound.. Hard to beat the price...
NAD 565BEE is a good player. The NAD built in DAC is quite good and you can connect your computer to a NAD 565BEE's DAC as mentioned above. I do not know if Rega Apollo has a digital input so I cannot comment on that.
MP3 files that I converted from WAVE files (regular audio CDs) and saved onto my IPOD connecting to my NAD amps when played back for some reasons do not sound as good as the regular CDs when I play them via my cheap NAD 545BEE.
To my ears, a regular CD playing thru a regular CD player sounds more analog more real than a lossless file song downloaded from Apple website. MP3 files are too much digital but it is just my $0.02.