i would go esoteric
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My opinion is that if you wish for more a analog sounding cdp, (within your budget, or close to it), you could go with the following units:
For very good sound, (and the best bang for the buck):
A used Resolution Audio Opus 21 (they typically run around $2300 used). This is a incredible unit for the money, IMHO. It is detailed, and yet not very digital sounding;
or for slightly better sound:
The Audio Aero Captitole II (they typically run around $3,500 used), this unit sounds slightly more analog than the Opus 21. (My only objection to this unit is that it is a top loader, and I disliked using the puck. But that is my opinion. Sonically, it is very, very good);
Or for the best sound (supposedly, as I have not heard it myself, but based on opinions I value), a fully modded GNSC Opus 21, (used they go from around $3,500). However, it is a modded unit, and some people are leery of buying modded units. (FYI, Jeff Kalt @ Resolution Audio approves of the mods done by GNSC, and will actually do maintenance work on the modded unit. Jeff is a pretty cool guy, IMHO!)
My two cents worth anyway.
When I was looking for a new cd player I compared the Rega Saturn against the Esoteric sa-10. The Rega was very dry sounding to me and the Esoteric was better but with too much detail. Adding the g0 external clock helped tremendously but still had that digital sound (not to mention what it added to the price). I ended up with the Meridian g08 and couldnt be happier. The soundstage and imaging is fantastic (at its price point). I havent heard the 507 so I cant comment there. I would recommend demo-ing a g08 in your home or bring the 507 with you to a meridian dealer and comparing the 2 side by side.
This is a very simple decision. Go for a Reference Audio
Mods E-Sound Signature edition. For $2,995 you get enough
mods for the E-Sound player, to beat anything stock under $10,000. I have the $5,995 version, which is the best sounding CD player, that I have heard, at any price.
I feed mine directly into a power amp, with a passive volume
control built in. It's an Art Audio Carissa Signature 845
based amp. It looks gorgeous, and sounds even better, than it
RAM, is owned by Kyle, usually a pleasant enough guy.
You kind of have to beg a little, flattery a must, because
Kyle is a multi-millionaire, who really doesn't need any of us. Mention Cary and he will charge you between 10 and 15%