I've been wondering the same thing so I'll be watching this thread. I've just started my list with the Sony CSD777es without the Mod Wright addition of the tube output.
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I have also Reimyo dap 777 converter, currently feeding it with Vecteur L4.2 transport,not bad but recently I tried ML39
being only transport with Reimyo,differencies are day and night,Vecteur was a good performer with my old Chord dac64
but Reimyo needs smoother and more texturel sound supplier transport for the best synergy I think,I have ordered Audionet
Art V2 transport my dealer which will arrive next week and will try it hoping to get good result (one reviewer was using these couple in the Reimyo CDP 777 cd player review section)
The second alternative would be the new Audio Note transport
launched nowadays which I am willing to hear about it.
Check out the Audio Note CD2. It goes for $3300 new, but can be picked up used for under $2000. I liked it better than a Levinson 37, Theta Carmen, and Wadia. Great midrange and soundstage with a natural/organic feel to it. Slightly less bass than the others but not at all objectional--PRAT is well maintained. Highly recommended.
Yes great sound is a must. But what about the warranty? How much can you be expected to pay for a transport that offers only a 1 year warranty? Maybe the transport manufacturers need to establish a different warranty metric - say hours of play, I don't know. I am not gonna plunk down major dollahs for a crummy 1 year warranty on a transport, I don't care how good it sounds.