check out the Citizen players. I don't remember what model I got a few months back (from amazon or ebay), but as long as you defeat the anti-skip feature it sounds quite organic. I'm pleased with it.
The Sony definitely has an optical out even though Sony elects not to reveal this on the website!! It is an auto selecting optical out so when you hook up the DAC it automatically switches. As a transport it is a good machine according to all who use it with a DAC - I am still waiting to receive mine.