Get an SB3 & DAC like Benchmark DAC 1. Or if you're lucky you could get ARC's DAC when it rarely appears. The convenience of browsing thru your music db from your listening position using SB3's remote is unbeatable.
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I have had a total of three players since 1985. All retailed for under 1K. I sold the first after 4 yrs and bought a Denon 1520 in 1989. It still works. In 2000 I bought a Denon 1650 AR which I am currently using as a transport. The Denons had a great reputation for build quality, but I have to think your experience is atypical.
I would burden the manufactorer with the dead units problems. I have never had ANY problem with the many units I own. (Yes, it is time to sell some. I just have too many).
Every time I see an original Rega Planet for sale I can only think, "That is still the best ergonomically engineered transport". I use it in complete darkness and never have scratched or misfed a disc. Mine has been playing a disc 24/7 since the day I bought it approximately one year after release.
Even my original Pioneer 6-pack changer still works for my brother who I give it to.
Others, used at the office, work room, theater, and playroom are two Toshiba dvd's (single and multi), a Yamaha 985 (still the best sound from a cheap player), and a Philips 963 sacd/dvd player.
I have NEVER had a problem with any. The secret - leave them on! (Unless they'll be unused for more then a week). Small components (even tubes) do not like to heat up and cool down.