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Cambridge 840c. 851c would be better and used they're getting down in that price range I think.
My system has pretty much been upgraded around my 851c and I feel it still could be placed in a system better than what I have and still hold its own. It's a bargain even at its retail price.
The 840c is still a very nice player and I'd put it easily up against your shortlist. Never heard the AMR so can't speak there.
Pioneer Elite DV79AVI, Pioneer Elite BDP-09. Excellent internal DACs and wonderful sound. I compared them to external high quality DACS, Theta and Audio Research DAC 8. The DAC8 was better, but not by much over the BDP-09.
It loads slow, but that's it. You would be hard pressed to find a better transport, no matter the price and the BDP-09 has four internal DACS.
This thing is built like a tank and works great.
The DV79AVI makes a great transport and also has wonderful sound from the internal DACS.
Pioneer elite built these things as high end equipment. People transitioned to blue ray players from the DV79AVI, but as a transport or a CD player, it is hard to beat. The BDP-09 is just great period. the complaints I heard was that it was slow to load cds, dvds or Blue ray discs. I have no problem with that at all. By the time I load a disc and sit down, it is ready to go.
My recommendation, for the money, you can't beat the BDP-09 as a transport or a CD player. You can find it for less than $900 used. The DV79AVI is just very good indeed, and for about $400 used a great Cd player.