I found it to be better then average as a cdp. I found it to be a great transport used with one of the newer dac.
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In short, yes it is still a very good player. IMO, it will be better than most $2K-$2.5K CDP available now. I like Esoteric's "sound", it is more detailed than your existing player (I have a CA 640H that has the 640 CDP in it for that portion of the device). I know/hear the 840 is better than the 640, but I don't know by how much.
If you can swing for a SA50 (which I currently own) I think that would be a better move, but you are talking two times+ the money. The nice thing about the SA50 is that it has digital inputs for a server based system - which is where we are all likely to ultimately end (in addition or not, to a CDP - IMO).