I have no current plans to use the internal phono section because I'm moving the turntable is moving to another system (with ample space for it). I've been using the internal DAC on my 12 yr old Cambridge Audio's Azur 740. The player includes an optical in which has been super convenient, lovely, transparent, dynamic etc. this was great for several years, but it developed a 'shearing' sound at certain frequencies, I'm not sure why. If it was related to the Airport Express, it would've been there from the start. The internal Cambridge DAC doesn't make this sound when being fed by the internal CD transport of the unit but streaming from the Airport Express causes it. I've tried a couple other less expensive DACs, but wanted to have an integrated solution since so many components seem to include them these days. But I do like to stay updated, so idea of a stand alone DAC when I'm ready to pull the trigger seems like the best bet. And Schiit offers great upgrades at fair prices. And I haven't even opened the RAG2 so an exchange will be simple according to Grover at Schiit.