Yes the Apollo is a good transport. I would look into any DAC that uses either a Burr Brown or ESS Saber DAC chipset. This will give you a warmer and more analog like sound.
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I started using my Apollo as a transport, feeding a Rega DAC and it works well. However, the Apollo has problems when it encounters a CD that has copy-protection written into the disc. It cannot send a digital signal to the DAC. The player will interpret those discs correctly for analog output but not for digital output.
The fix is to rip the CD to a hard drive and then burn the files to a CD-R. The Apollo will then be able to output a digital signal to the DAC. So as long as you don't mind occassionally having to rip and burn copy-protected CDs, the Apollo is a good transport.
What's interesting is that when I used my Oppo universal player with copy-protected CDs it was able to send a digital signal to the DAC.