Ah, yes, at this stage I don't mean to separate to the point of having a pre-amp and amp; I just need an integrated amplifier. I just don't want powered speakers to keep me locked in with a system as I am at the moment.
I plan on using my Modi Multibit as the DAC, assuming it is better than most on-board DACs in an amp around $400-700. Surprisingly, the Magni headphone amp also functions as a okay pre-amp, but not really needed in the chain. As far as the turntable, I'd likely use my Fono Mini and put it to a a non-phono input, but can I not do that?
I overlooked the fact that an on-board DAC tamper with things... Hm.