Well, obviosly there are many choices at that price. NAD is excellent new retail at about $500. I currently have a Rega Apollo-R, wonderful CDP. You may be able to find a used one at your budget.
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this might help;
all right around $500-$600
Marantz 5005, good mid to top end sound, good balance, great with system that lacks top end extension.
nad, 546bee, soulful sound, takes the edge off, good for a system with to much top end or to bright. great with mallard tubes.
oppo 203, good all around sound, good balance, matches well with and plays everything, seems to like amperex tubes