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I would say that the Anthem is the weaker link in the chain there.
The Pass unit should be a noticeable improvement IMO.
Another one you might consider is the Conrad-Johnson Classic preamp, which runs $2000 new.
For a DAC, you might want to look into the Musical Fidelity M-1A DAC, which is excellent.