cdp/transport for trivista 21

I have MF A308 AMP/PRE with A3.2 CDP and the trivista 21, would it make any difference to get the A308 cdp or should I get a totally different transport if I want to upgrade

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I have to disagree with Bigkidz. I have tried several transports and several digital cables (I have Illumination Orichid and the new AQ Raven in my rig) and found the transport to have MUCH bigger effect on sound quality than the cable itself.

BTW - 99% of CD players really bad when used as transports.
It all depends on how much you wanna spend. For about $500 you can get a Theta Data Basic II or PS Audio Lambda II - unfortunately, both are long discontinued, and worse still, the transport mechanisms are no longer made/available. Muse Model 5 is much better in this regard - the CDM12.4 pickup is still available and muse has a great customer service. It is hard to come by though. I recently picked up an used Muse for a friend for $350, he paid next 50$ for a new laser pickup and for 400$ he has almost new transport.
If you decide to spend a little bit more, say just over 1 grand, you will be able to get a very good sounding Theta Jade (I have seen one on AgoN listed for 1100$) or CEC TL-2. Both are excelent sounding transports and can be serviced without problems. A cheaper alternative would be a CEC5100 which can be found for 700-800$, but it is nowhere near as good sounding.
Capt_ky - If you want to improve over your Theta Data Basic, get the Genesis Digital Lens - I got one for my Data Basic II and the effect was nothing short of spectacular. You can get one used for as little as $400 in mint condition.