Not knowing how much you are planning to spend on this component, I can only think that you want to keep it below a grand (well below, if possible). The first player that comes to mind when reading your criteria is the NAD T550 DVD/CD player. They are known for the straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to audio (and video) performance. Not many "bells and whistles" here, but it should prove to be easy to use and should sound great in your system for music as well as home theater -with good video performance. I believe it retails for about $800, although I have seen them go for as low as $600.
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