If you can stretch the budget a little, buy an Esoteric DV-50, you can't beat the performance and build quality for the $$ and they sound far superior to the Denon's (I've got one and a 5910)
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I was just thinking about DV-50 actually. Good thing about it is I'm somewhat familiar with the sound, as two of my friends already own it. And the bad thing about it is two of my friends already own it. :) I am hoping to try something different for a change. I think DV-50 sounds great, but I didn't fall in love with the sound. I listened to it only in their systems though. Maybe I'll borrow one and try it in my system some times.
I was looking for a similar player, and eventually brought myself a Reference Audio Mod Oppo DV-980 H universal player. Full mod version with Super clock, separate power supply and complete cyrogenic treatment for US 1,650. Within your budget.
I would have given you personal opinion on the player, but the unit is laying idle and actually sealed, as I found myself in the situation of going aboard for studies very soon. I may well be selling mine in new condition, but this is one you may like to include in your short-list.
I did little research awhile back and supposedly the rt10 videosection(de-interlacing)is comparible to the marantz 8400 but tweaked.The audio/analog is different and superior and not comparible to marantz.So i would say it's a rebadged marantz in only 1 way the interlacing nothing else and even that is supposedly tweaked somewhat.Needles to say video is not the high point of the lexicon but dvda/sacd is.
I'll second the Oppo as a unit that's very good stock, but not up to the ultimate. You'll save $1800 on you budget.
If you want the last nth, then look into the newly released Pioneer 58AV, which is about $400 street in stock mode. Next consider having Ric Schultz hotrod it with a super clock and input/output upgrades: