I own a Marantz 65 mkII that I play through an AMC DAC8 and I also own a Rega Planet. My advice would be for you to audition a killer DAC. Although, I have not yet read any reviews on the Planet 2000. Anyone else?
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I owned an Arcam Alpha 8SE until about 2 months ago. About a year ago I bought an RCA 5223P DVD player to play movies and never really compared the two on a sound basis, figuring that the Arcam would grossly outperform it. I was wrong. You can read my review at www.audioasylum.com for all the details including my system. This DVD player is last years' model, so if you can find it, it'll probably be seriously discounted-maybe into the $200-$250 area or less, so you'll really save $$$. I can't comment on the newer RCA players (and a big company like RCA might change suppliers, etc. every year so beware), but in my system the lowly RCA sounded much better than the $1000 8SE. Go figure. I'm still ecstatic 2 months later!
I went with the MSB Link DAC III with the P1000 power base. The Marantz CD67SE is basically built well. I would suggest getting a good digital cable to hookup between the D/A converter and the CD player. The MSB sound good out of the box, but it sounds alot better after about 100 hours of play time. You can look at specs and reviews at www.msbtech.com. I purchased mine from www.amusicdirect.com out of Chicago.