I'm using a Jolida JD100 with mine, and I think it is an excellent combination. It fits your price range nicely.
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I have gone the mod's route in recent years, and never been disappointed. Most recently, I used the Unico with a modified Pioneer DV-45A universal player, it si SUPERB (I ended up with about $1300 total invested, though; you can do many mods for less). The pioneers, the Philips 963SA, the Denon's, all are good mod material so I've heard.
I ended up seling the Unico because I do more headphone listening now, but my mod'd Pioneer isn't going anywhere !
www.tweakaudio.com, www.partsconnexion.com (along with www.underwoodhifi.com), www.modwright.com - three that pop right into my mind. Worht looking into, IMO you get more for your money.
I am using the Unico with a Music Hall Maverick CD/SACD player. I picked up the player on Audiogon for $1000. New they list for $1500. It is a great Redbook CD player, and has upsampling which I find really adds width and depth to the soundstage. SACD I find really depends on the discs, some do not sound any better than CDs. I also find that not all CDRs will be read by the Maverick. All in all - I think they are very well matched pair. 6Moons has reviewed both of these units that have been modified and raved about both!