Oppo BDP-83SE $899 new.
I was thinking of upgrading to a blu-ray player for my HT system. I was seriously considering the Oppo 83. I was however thinking of buying a used CD player for my two channel system. I would gladly buy an Oppo if I could find one used, but I doubt that would happen. I am looking more for suggestions for a good used CD player.
Check out www.pioneerelectronics.com as they have several SACD players for sale at great prices. I have the lest expensive one, on sale for $230, and it was a significant improvement over my blu-ray and 6 disk changer. There are several other options, but they all seem to have good reviews online.
I might be able to save enough to also pick up a blu-ray player.
Regarding the Oppo BDP-83SE. Is it really that good of a CD player? I am always under the opinion that a CD player should play CD's well. I guess I am suspicious of the sound quality due to the fact that it is also a DVD player and a BluRay player. Also without being able to listen to the Oppo I would be nervous about purchasing it new sight unseen. Is the sabre DAC on the Oppo worth the extra $400.00 over the BDP-83 for $500? I could buy a pretty good DAC for the extra $400. I thought if I bought a used player off of Audiogon sight unseen and I decided that I didn't like it I could sell it for close to what I payed for it due to the fact that I bought it used.
If what you really want is a dedicated player, the Naim CD5x is superb, and you can find amazing deals used (there's one listed now for $950; I have no relation to the seller). I had a Music Hall cd25.2, which is excellent -- very transparent and clear. In my system, the Naim is better than the MH in every respect (as one would hope given that it listed for 4-5 times the price), especially on recordings with mediocre sound quality. If resale is a concern, though, you'd likely be better off with the Oppo (which I haven't heard). Used prices on cd players seem to be plummeting (for obvious reasons).
They don't come up for sale that often, but an Exposure 2010s or 2010s2 would make a fine player. I upgraded from a 2010s2 to a 35th Anniversary Rega Apollo recently. While I prefer the Apollo's sound, the Exposure more than held it's own and in fact was a more energetic player. My Apollo, like many Apollos, has glitches. It won't always do what you tell it to. The Exposure never stumbled in that regard, or had trouble playing a disc.
My CDP died recently and I compared 3 units - Primare CD21, Rega Apollo, Music Hall CD25.2
The Primare was not a good match in my system. I actually owned it for a couple of years and it was fine, but when I changed my system and started looking at other players it fell a bit short (my system).
The MH 25.2 is a great machine and a super value. At the $350 brand new price it is absolutely a steal. But in my system it had a little glare in the upper mids (I have Klipschorns which will really show that). I hated to send it back.
I ended up with the Rega Apollo. Very smooth player. Not as much impact (slam, whatever) as the MH, but very nice and musical. I'm very happy with it. I got it new @ $850, I believe they came down in price.
You might want to try the TEAC PD-H600 for just under $1000, new. I've had mine for a few months now and it is really opening up for some of the most detailed and organic presentations I've heard in my system. Great transients and layering. For grins and giggles I took it down to my local audio salon and inserted it into his $150,000 all tube system, replacing a Lector CDP. It didn't have the body of the Lector and as a result, had a very slight edge to its presentation. After the second track, all was forgotten and we were very surprised on how well it acquitted itself. We ended up having a long listening session and truth be told, I didn't miss the Lector at all. I just wish I had his system to build around the TEAC. Those guys at Esoteric did something to this CDP and its all the better for it.