I appreciate all your posts, but aside from Sugar I'm not sure I'm getting my question answered. I realize in this hobby spending more generally means better quality/sound, however I am trying to figure out where the law of diminishing returns applys to cd changers/dacs and I really want to stay with a changer. I have looked very closely at the McIntosh changer and the Anthem CD1. I'm hesitant to buy the Anthem since it is no longer produced, and the McIntosh is out of my price range (unless I buy used, and I haven't seen any used for sale...plus that comes with no warrenty...lil scary).
So, if I were to buy a Bel Canto DAC for ~$900, how much would I need to spend (and give me an example of a maker) to get the quality of a single disc unit, such as the Jolida JD100 which is what I would buy if I don't go with a changer. It certainly is not cost effective for me to buy a $1500 transport and a $900 DAC. Hopefully I cleared up what I'm looking for...thanks for your opinions/advice.
And Sug...I currently have a bad of lead shot on my current cd changer, an old Marantz that runs to my jitter reducer, then to my CAL DAC. At first I didn't notice a difference, but after some experimentation with brass cones, I have found a lil better performance from the system.