Do not touch Sony.A Rega Planet 2000 is a good choice.
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In terms of getting the most bang for your buck, forget players like the REGA or Cambridge and consider a Pioneer 24/96 DVD player modified by Stan Warren instead. It is much more musical than any of the "audiophile" cd players under $1200 IMHO. The best part is that this set-up only costs about $500 including the mod!
Rega planet 2000! I Spent last night comparing my origional planet to an ARC CD2, considered one of the better single box solutions. Sure the planet lost some ground, mostly with classical, but the old Rega was not embarassed. It is spotty (70%) with CDRs but the new planet should be OK in that department. Check first if that's really important.
Not, that i just think you should keep Karik, but you should ad Numerik DAC! It would be probably one of the best digital sources you could have for the money! At least it would be complimentary to your gear. Well if $$ is in question, what i understand very well, i would look into older Proceed CDP (some questions on relability)or Cal Tempest II, built like a tank.