As for what I've heard, if you have the coin, the Meridian 808.3 is the ticket.
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It seems to me that these are contradictory goals. A system or components that reveals great recordings in all their glory isn't going to undergo a sonic transformation and suddenly roll off the sharp transients and sweeten edgy sound that mars sub-standard recordings. The Luxman d-05 I've been listening to has some of the quality I think you allude to, but when you play a "hot" recording through it, it still bites. The Marantz SA-11 series are sweet sounding, very pleasant players that can tame edginess, but they lack ultimate transparency IMO. Many people find the reference Marantz players to be a very livable compromise between revealing the best and taming the worst.
I was extrememly impressed with the Doge6 from Pacific Valve, about $2K, with 30-day money back. I have been using the Ear Acute for over 2 years and I think it's excellent, although not the flavor of the month anymore. Both of these players, IMO are smooth and musical, but, unlike many other "musical" CD players, they dig deep into the music and capture all the little nuances like breathing, fret noise, piano pedal sounds - the little things that enhance the illusion of a live performance. I have the older Acute, but the new one has a DAC input for all that computer stuff if you like to play around.