Confused State of affairs: CD player


Strange that I am caught up in this quandary in this digital streaming age. I currently have an Oppo BDP-95 as my CD player and Blue-Ray video player. It plays through a coax connect to my Auralic Vega G2 DAC with a HDMI connect to my TV with HDMI audio off. The sound seems good through my B&W 800D3 with McIntosh C1100 pre-Amp/ MC1.25KW mono blocks. So I don’t use the Oppo DAC in the current set-up.

I visited the McIntosh dealer today and really liked the MCD600 playing on his set-up. Question to the group here:

Should I be looking to upgrade my Music CD player from the Oppo?
If yes, should I be looking at a transport MCT500 and let the Auralic Vega G2 (DAC) play on like the set-up with the Oppo. This will remove any possibility of playing a SACD through the set-up as the MCT500 (like the Oppo) does not pass on the DSD quality through its coax.
Or should I go in with the MCD600 which has a built-in DAC and connect it to my C1100 and then retain the option of playing a SACD?

Price difference between the options is $2,500 between the MCT500 and MCD600 as I end up having two high quality DACs in my system (3 if I count the Oppo which I will have to retain due to Blue-Ray video).

I do not have the option to demo either of the MCT500 or MCD600 against the Oppo to compare and I listen to CD music around 2 hours a week, so not too much and not too little.

I want to have the best sounding music from my system, so quality comes before any other consideration. Happy to hear views from people who might have heard through any of the above combos.

Thanks,
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I have a Bryston BDA-3 DAC and I output the DSD layer from SACD from my Oppo 105 via HDMI into the Bryston.  I love the Bryston and now use it as my sole DAC.

   I would keep the Oppo, get the Bryston, and see what you can get in trade for the Vega 

sudhirgoel says: ""I want to have the best sounding music from my system, so quality comes before any other consideration ""  
The two previous responses are from folks with no sense.  If they would respond to YOUR question instead of 'what they would do'..I say yes buy the MAC MCD600. 
It will give you the best sound, and the most options. (of the options you have chosen)
Go with the MAC!  Oppo...really?  You have 800D3’s...C’mon man!!
"Should I be looking to upgrade my Music CD player from the Oppo?" No. If your primary consideration is "I want to have the best sounding music from my system, so quality comes before any other consideration"
then consider consider replacing the CD player with a quality server and network player. Given you own a Vega dac, the Aries would be a good candidate. A QNAP or Synology server are both quality options. There are many considerations such as using ethernet cables and linear power supplies, and the difference between mediocre and very good digital lies in those details.
There are many threads of others in similar situations. Spend some time reading the archives to get a sense of their experiences doing similar. 
Many will say to upgrade the dac, but that is always an option and everyday they do get better in general.
@elizabeth  You are right about one thing. You are cranky today ;-) Cheers,
Spencer
Thanks for all the suggestions. I already have the Auralic Aries G2 as a streamer and the Leo GX clock to go with the Vega G2 DAC. So I am comfortable I have a very good digital source and DAC combo. I question was mainly about playing CDs. No matter how much other media catches up I find myself spending at least some time with CDs and hence the current quandary.

cd318 - Have you actually heard the Oppo BDP-95 and the McIntosh options to say there is no difference?

mahler123 - I am not intending to change my DAC as it works very well along with the Master Clock. So the CD player is the only one (if at all) that I might consider changing

elizabeth - That's what is the easiest option and my mind is drifting towards that.

dave_b - yes that's what's putting me under pressure to ensure I get the best out of my MC1.25s and 800D3s

sbank - I would like only currently look at my CD player as my streaming set-up is quite nice now.