What is your budget? If you are going to listen to only Redbook CD, then I would stay with a CD only player to maximize your enjoyment of said.
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Walking through the audio world I started to recognize some terms and under my understanding, someone likes "sweet" but someone like I'm like much more flavours than that. When I changed Marantz CD67SE for McCormack ModSquad the dealer who sold me Marantz asked me if I didn't like how sweet it sounds and I said "It's too much sugar there and I don't want to risk to get a diabetis gimme something with salt pepa and probably a hot sause".
Nad 541i is probably what I'd like. Cambridge D500SE has some "shugar" in its flavour. In fact, I like them both.
Check out the Music Hall mmfCD25.
GREAT player for under $500.00 (list$600 and $350.00 used) and will better most if not all players under 1K.
It took well over 1K to better this player when I upgraded.
All the suggestions made here would be very good but the Music Hall would be the best choice IMHO.
Just my $.02. YMMV.
I still think the original Rega Planet for around $350-$400 (US) provides some of the best sound you can get for the money. They are easy to find because so many were sold, well built and very musical. I still use mine every now and then in my second system. It would be a very nice step up from your Technics, which is the player I replaced when I bought the Planet.