Empirical Audio does a $500 transport mod to the Sony DVP-S7000 ($150-$200 used) which they claim performs with world class transports. Worth a call to Steve Nugent to investigate.
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Keep in mind that a transport has parts that wear out. Any used CDP or transport is going to be a bit of a crapshoot. That said, there is a Pioneer based EAD transport and a Pioneer PD-65 for sale now on Audiogon. Theta and Wadia (for the 830/301) both chose to use the Pioneer transport which seems to me to be a very good recommendation. Supposedly the Ack dAck people have an inexpensive transport coming out in a few months. A used Audio Note level one or two might be worth a look. Also see my comment on your original post regarding the Vecteur. There are some threads about inexpensive tranports on AA. I suggest you check there. I have zero enthusiasm for PC, DVD, or SACD based transports.