Depends on the budget. Start with Denon 5910ci, Then Ecsoteric DV60 on up through their line. Linn Akutarte, Mcintosh has a few it really depned on your budget?
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There is no such thing as "The Best", but what is "the Best" for your system. One could be the very best for someone, not necessary the best one for others. A single piece of your system doesn't dictate the whole thing, find what's best for your system is what leading us to this Audiogon's world here. People keep asking why (upgrades)? That's because most of us here still trying to find all the right pieces and the makeup of our systems. To answer to your question, you really have to play within your budget and move up from there. Start with some entry level from Denon, Marantz. You might find the right one for your system even before moving to much more higher prices.
Don't discount the Sony players. Keep in mind that they invented and own the SACD chip technology. I'm still using an older Sony 999ES and it's about as musical on SACD as you can get. I've heard very good things about the newer Sony 5400 and also the Krell SACD standard if you can go a little higher.
For under $10,000. I've auditioned the Esoteric x03 SE and x06, AR CD7 (not SACD), the Krell, classe, SimAudio super nova, and Accuphase DP78. Of these for my ears, I felt the Accuphase was the best from the standpoint of clarity, soundstage, dynamics, inner detail, and an organic sound that I prefer. It's also built like a tank. I liked it so much that I purchased one.