for the price range you've just mentioned GamuT CD1 has the best value for a buck. i'm not sure if you can find it used but the new price is considered to be a bargain for $2995.
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Hello: Nice system. The Classe CDP.3 is a huge improvement over the Rega Planet. I believe it's priced somewhere around $1,600.00. This player competes (and outperforms) many higher priced CD player's. The Electrocompanient EC-1 MKII is a great sounding (beautifully built) CD player with laser-sharp focus, staging and real, real, real, life-like musicality. Transparent, open and airy. A great player that I feel easily outperforms the Audio Aero Capitole and certainly is much better built.
I have owned a Electrocompaniet EMC-1 for about 1 year now. It sounds Great Presently! I'm planning on Upgrading to MKII in a few weeks and that will make this Player World Class for-sure ( 1 of the very Best ) : in Sound and Build Quality. The REVIEWS on the MKII Player is ALL Very Very Positive. I think the Choice is obvious! You should be able to pick 1 up on Audiogon for a good Price. Good Luck and Enjoy whatever choice you make!
I recently have Cary 306/200. This CD player is awesome and produces an airy, transparent and huge soundstage, especially a deep tight bass if your speakers can go low to 20 Hz. I will have audition EMC1 MKII with modified and compare to 306/200. I will let you know. But for now I am in love with 306/200.