Very good cdp IMO. Haven't heard the arcam or musical fidelity, but i did have a rega planet and i wasn't overly impressed. Compared the cd2 to a meridian 508.24 and it was pretty close. Meridian was a little smoother overall-- cd2 had a little better bass. Had the cd2 for over a year now with no problems-- bought used for $700 -- i have been very happy with this unit. I also have a 99Tjoeb and a rotel 971-- i prefer the cd2 to both of these units. When you say "sub $1k cd category", i assume you are talking used prices cause the cd2 was $2k new if i remember correctly.
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