I happily owned a Cary 306/200 for about 3 years. Then I got the bug. I bought 3 players used and tried them all. I tried a Levinson 390s, a Wadia 861se (more $ but allowed me to drop the preamp), and a Muscial Fidelity SACD player I can't remember the model of. I discovered there is better out there. In the end I kept the Wadia because it blew doors on the others. I recently moved from the Wadia to Ayre for consistency. More of a lateral move. Not sure what would be better for $2k. Maybe try a used Wadia in the same level and see if it's better? If you buy used you can try and resell if you decide not to keep it.
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