Apologies for my ignorance here. I currently use a Rega Mira 3 integrated amp. I listen to vinyl half the time, and the other half of the time I listen to CDs ripped onto my iMac. At this point I am not considering a CD player, cassette deck, or any other source--just the turntable and the iMac.
I am considering upgrading to separates, but my question is this: If I purchase both a quality phono preamp and a DAC, could I just plug both them into a power amp and skip a pre-amp altogether? Or do I need the pre-amp for switching between the two sources? If the latter is the case, then it seems like overkill to get the separate phono stage and DAC, right? I should just get a pre-amp that has a good phono stage and DAC, right? Or am I not understanding something (entirely possible).