Go with a Parasound CDP 1000 its the best player under 1k you can purchase.Check ebay,also audio advisor.com have new b stock for 249.00
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I've done a little research. Parasound is a $500 unit which is being discontinued and is available for $250. It 1st appeared in'96. The Cambridge D500 is "upgradeable." I want to call to find out exactly what that means. The D500 sells for $390 new and I see it for $300 used. As far as $, a used C.A.= the new Parasound. That's as much as I can tell w/out actually hearing one. Does someone have an insight that will tip the scales?
I have played both side by side.They are in a different leauge.The Parasound is so far better.I have been told that if Parasound had to do it again they would have priced this unit at 999.00 and would have sold more at that price point.It is a gem.I sold My Mcintosh MCD 7008 and replaced it with the Parasound.They were so close it made no sense to keep the MCintosh.I had he two for a week and went back and forth.Parasound CDP 1000 best budget player under 1k.The unit was MFG by CEC in Japan.
D, I've heard most of the players mentioned and short of putting each in your system and you listening, you will proably never be able to pick the best for you. However, these are all on the right track. One thing to add, which you didn't make a reference, is good interconnect/speaker cables. I went from mid-price Monster to Audiotruth(used) and was amazed at the difference. Kimber also has some inexpensive interconnect/speaker cable. You really need something good to bring out the best of your GFA555, PS Pre and future CD. Good luck......LR