Cary DVD-7 replacement

I’ve been using a Cary DVD-7 universal player for the last 8 or 9 years. The cd section is based on the Cary 303 and the sound is pretty good. But I’m wondering how the newer universal players would match up against it for stereo sound. The DVD-7 has a very good picture(up to 1080p) but I’m looking for audio quality first, video second. Are there any players out there that would provide better 2-channel sound than the Cary DVD-7? I can spend anywhere from $1000-1500. Thanks.
I auditioned the 303 back before I acquired my McIntosh MVP 881BR.  I thought the Mc was just a bit more natural with Red Book playback and had the added bonus of playing everything except 3D.  It also does very well with up-sampling DVD to BD.  The 881 can be found at prices not too far above your budget now, so if you can be patient for a month or five... Depending on where you live, you should also be audition one pretty easily, too.  

Good luck & happy listening! 
Thanks for the response. I'll check it out. 

I rather enjoyed the DVD7 myself. It does make for a very nice cd player.
You will have many fun choices in the $1000-1500 range.
Keep us posted as you demo various spinners.
Happy Listening!
I really like the DVD7. I'm just wondering if any of the newer players out there might surpass the quality for cd playback.
The new oppo 205 would surpass it I am sure as its new dacs are suppossed to be top of the line. I have the Cary dvd 7 as well and have used it for the last 10 years as just a cd player. Most say that I have been really impressed with the sound on cds and hdcds. I bought the oppo 83 se blu ray player when it first came out and thought it would sound alot better than the Cary but it didnt so therefore the Cary is still playing.  Am going to upgrade to a Marantz 14si sacd player in the next couple of weeks though. 

Keep us posted - emper

I am curious to read about your thoughts on the Marantz vs. Cary.

Happy Listening!

Thanks for the info, emper. And yes, please keep us posted on your thoughts on the Marantz vs. the Cary.