Krell made a spectacular top loader in the 90's. If you see one for sale snap it up
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I own the Krell S-350, have used it in my system for 3 years and am satisfied. The 350S replaced my Cambridge Audio 840C CD player. The Cambridge was not reliable, and I had to send it in for repair 3 times. The Krell has worked reliably for 3 years. I have not listened to Ayre, Rega or Ayon. The Krell plays most all of my collection of rock CDs with great aplomb. The Krell's strength are detail and soundstage. If this is what you like, then give the Krell S-350 a listen. Long listening sessions are rewarding.
I used a Krell DVD Standard for years as a CD player. It sounded fantastic thru the balanced outputs.
As Joecasey mentioned, the transport needed replacing eventually. It played CD's fine, just would not play DVD's.
Anyway, I sent it in for the HDMI upgrade and transport upgrade. While it was getting fixed, I set up a MacMini and haven't looked back. Not one DVD was ever played thru the Krell and it now sits in a box in storage...