Stuartk- I can't answer the question of how much the transport contributes or whether there are compatibility issues, but I when I added a newer outboard DAC to a CDP w digital out there was a definite improvement in the sound. Subsequently found that upgrading the DAC downstream of my music server also improved the sound. From what I can read on-line your CDP has a digital out so you can go that route, but, assuming you have the PartsConnexion (or similar) mod, you will lose the tubed output stage. In my case, when I went from a wireless connection to Modwright Transporter (with Tubed output stage) to USB direct output from my server into a Zodiac Antelope, I felt it was also an improvement, but I also have a tube pre-amp and amp. The good news is that with a $3K budget, you can get one heck of used DAC.
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