Why not go with the MF A308 CD Player?
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Lots of choices at the $1500 price point both new, used, or used and then modded units.
Do a few searches here and at Audio Asylum forums.
Don't be in a hurry and honestly-buy used for the best value.
The MF A308 is a good foundation for any number of players as the MF house sound is fairly neutral (generally what you want) and leans toward warmish for soild state to my ears.
Good Luck and welcome to the insanity.