I know Denon makes some nice CD players and I thought I would just get a dedicated CD player and start there instead of going through the whole turntable album tonearm cartridge.
When it's right there is nothing like Vinyl. To get there can cost a few bucks. I wouldn't listen to anything else for many years, R to R and Records. Now my ears aren't as good. I'm not as patient, and my grandson, hee hee loves to touch everything. I have several vintage, pieces. That's my thing, any more with TT. Thoren TD 121 124, Garrard 401 (not a 301 fan), Russco, Sparta, QRK., broadcast TT. I just love Um. SME 3012s, and BOB Denon MC carts, work great. I like making the plinths and all that stuff. My GS almost can't harm the Broadcast TT washing machine motors, die cast, HEAVY. Even have a gear shifter
Digital is good though, I like it almost as much.
Sony make a great SDAC player. I mean top of the line. 350.00 or less used. Maybe 15-20 years old. The same stuff on the inside of 3500. Pasport. SAME!! Better in some cases. Just folks love to spend that money...and think an XLR connection is an absolute. It's not..
I have a Denon also, lot of features for sure XLR, single din rack mount. Still not a Sony by a long shot, but great for shop/backyard sound system. Mine is a 5xxx series and a 8xxx I think, both great just, more features and different years. I'm looking for a third one now. Check them out. Their not a single DIN. 2 or 3U at least..Very transparent in comparison to most of the CD/Burner/Streamer setups, they (streamers/burners) cost a few quid too.
2-4000 for a good one, mine is a Carie Audio Still not a Sony. I like sony SDACs ya think? LOL yup yup