The tubed version of the Cary 308, i.e. the 308T, is excellent. They show up here occasionally for around $1000 and is a great CDP for that price.
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I previously owned the Cary CD-308 and it was a good CD player. However, I wouldn't consider it particularly unforgiving. I consider it more neutral.
A good friend owns the Consonance CD120 Linear (the non-oversampling version of the CD120) and he really likes it (I haven't heard it). He's a huge analog fan and thinks the CD120 Linear is a good budget CD player that that meets the needs of a budget analog junkie...