Sony 5400ES or Oppo BDP-95. I have the Sony and do not yearn for anything better. $1000 new when you can find one
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I believe the 'sleeper of all time' is the EAD Ultradisk 2000 Reference CD Player. I tried this one because of previous reviews and the fact that it aesthetically matches my Roland gear perfectly. I had a cd player that was rated A+ by Stereophile (for comparison) and the EAD unit was superior in every way. This was especially true if a person values a more traditional 'tube sound'. When these units come up on the used market, they typically go for under $1,000.
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I saw a picture of the backplate of Marantz SA 8004 and it shows Made in Japan. Where it's made doesn't make a sonic difference but it indicates a certain level of quality control and craftmanship. Nowadays, all iPhones are Make in China and they're excellent in quality.