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I used to own the CS1.5's and loved them. I like the music in your face and ended up with the Theta gear up front. However, I tried many different CD players and CD/DAC combos. Surprisingly, the most musical CD player with tube-type sound and great clarity was the McIntosh 9009. I came close to buying it. Unfortunately, I have never seen one sold used. Maybe all owners just keep them.
Couldn't agree more that you need some warmth in your system. The theils are already top heavy, and the Bryston gear is usually very neutral so a CDP with warmth is almost necessary. Look into the Rega players, they filter in the analog stage rather than the digital domain, and consequently roll of the highs a little. People often say they have an analog like warmth. You might also think about some tubed players (ah tube, jolida, etc).
I would seriously consider Cary CD players like a used model 303 or 306 or the newer 303/200 or 306/200 line. I'm running Thiel CS 1.5s with Conrad-Johnson Premier 11a tube amp and my Cary 306/200 CD player. Cary players are not simply "warm" but very musical. Good luck!
People who say Thiels are bright don't have high quality high current amplification. Thiels need power. However, the Bryston is fine with the 1.5's. I agree with the Cary suggestion, but not because they are "warm" but because they sound good! I have a PS Audio Lambda transport & Classe DAC 1 which drives my Thiel CS 6's beautifully! Its old but good, like me!