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Out of interest, why just those two? If you can still get one, for instance, the Harman Kardon HD990 offers both an onboard DAC and delivers a great tonal quality. Been out for a while now (about three years) but you can still get them. Great player for the money.
Another magazine gave both products a 5 star review. The only problem with this is you may not like the sound as much as the reviewers. A marantz ki pearl lite would be another good choice and offer a slightly different presentation.
It´s being difficult to get a home demo.
I´m going to partner it with: Av Receiver - Rotel RSX-1057, Sonus Faber Concertino Speakers and Rel Quake Sub.
Regarding the Musical Fidelity M1 Dac, i´m a bit worried about the What Hifi report - "A touch of top-end aggression".