Any version of the Audiomeca Mephisto transport will work well. The 1 and 2x versions are the more reliable. The 1 version is a real steal used.
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For a very reasonable price a couple of excellent units are the Cal Audio Delta (250 to 300 used) and the very good Sony DVP-S7000 and S7700. Both Sony units are fine CD transports as well as excellent DVD players. Many audiogoners use these as CD transports; 125 to 300 range.
used PS Audio Lambda II is a wonderful transport but pricier at around 600+.
I second Markxiii,for the Northstar M192 transport suggestion.I own it and think it's great.Check www.tnt-audio.com for the review on it.Naturally the Northstar transport sounds best with it's companion DAC.It uses the excellent Philips cd-pro 2 top loader mechanism,which is also in ARC,SIMAUDIO,ELECTROCOMPANIET,ACOUSTIC ARTS,AUDIO AERO and other high priced cd players.
All the best
I own the Northstar transport and the Audio Logic 24MXL DAC. Reasonably priced, dynamic, MUSIC; isn't that what we're "looking" for? Any cable recommendations? Currently using Cardas Golden Reference Power cords (both units; into a Walker Audio Velocitor S) RS Audio Palladium interconnects(DAC to preamp) and i2Digital Digital between DAC and Transport.
I know this might be heresy but I had an Audio Alchemy Pro drive once that was very nice. Never had much respect for the AA stuff but the drive was respectable (IMO). It had a separate power supply and an unusual turntable type transport where the CD was placed shiney side up. During my several years with this product it had no problems al all. I used it with DACs other than AA and it performed admirably. I think the price was reasonable when it was new. If you can find a nice used one it shouldn't cost much and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at it's performance.