Most definitely a used Resolution Audio CD 50 Can be found for $1500-$1800
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There a number of good CD players at this price point. ARCAM and CAL have new units under 2K. The Audio Research CD2 is considerably better than the CD1, although Northern Sound Co. can modify a CD1 and bring it to the CD2 level for about the same as the used cost difference between the two units. My personal feeling is that a late model ARC CD2 used is a sensational high-end value.
You should check out Linn Karik III's. With recent new models from Linn replacing the Karik after many years in production, people are selling almost-new Kariks for less than your price. A great choice if you are sensitive to "digital" sound, as it is very analog. It's also really well built and can be upgraded by using it as a transport. Also check out Meridian 508's, another great deal.
Save for a couple weeks more, and buy a used BAT VK-D5. Tubes! My choices were: Levinson 39 Goldmund 39xx Wadia 830 Wadia 850 Bat VK-D5 Bat's a giant killer. IMHO, and in my system it made the other coices sound ill. Best midrange and analog tonality. Try to find one to listen to if you can! Good Luck!
There are many quality CD players on the market for $2000. I have come across a few Wadia 830's and they sound beautiful. If you can come across a Anthem CD-1 you should jump at the opportunity. The CD-1 is probably the best sound for the money. Also an SFCD-1 by Sonic Frontiers is nice. I have seen a few used SFCD-1's ranging from $1500 and up, in fact I have one on auction. If you are interested, feel free to contact me.