How about an outboard DAC?
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I went from the 308t to a GNSC modded Resolution Audio Opus 21 and, in my experience, the Opus has the qualities you seek. However, since you have hinted at going the server route down the road, the DAC suggestion is a good one. You can get a good DAC with a USB-in, such as the Benchmark or the Red Wine Audio DAC, and you'll be set if you go with a server later on. Also, the transport of my 308t was rock solid and and would serve well in that capacity.
I have talked to several Audiophile friends who say that the Cary 308T is one of the best sounding CD players ever made. One of those players where the stars somehow lined up just right and a 'lucky' accident of incredable fidelity occured. You might have some real trouble finding a better CD player. Perhaps the place to look is elsewhere in your system or tube rolling. I am looking to buy one myself. Let me know if still available.
I own a Cary 308T for more than 8 years. The current tubes are Teles ECC82/12AU7. I tried many other players (Black Note CDP300, Blue Note Coala Tube, BAT, etc.) but still keep the Cary. It may lose in terms of clarity and soundstage, but it is very lively, detailed and natural.
You may find it strange but I alternate it with the MHZS CD88F CD player - with some amplifiers the MHZS is bettwe than Cary, with others - vice versa.