The Audio Space CDP-8A has been suggested. Any users? And Music Hall 25.2.
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For your budget, you might actually be better off with a DAC and an inexpensive DVD player as a transport. The MHDT DAC's have been getting a lot of good press, although I have yet to hear one personally.
Otherwise, I can always recommend a Music Hall CD-25 (which is way under your $1000 limit used). It's a unit that sounds very good for the price, and would be good for an office system. Or, maybe an Oppo BDP-83SE. I have the regular (non-SE) version, and it sounds fine with CD's. I hear the SE version sounds better with analog outputs. It also has the benefit of playing anything that's round and shiny, regardless of format.
Or, consider a used Arcam CD23. They sound good and are built like a tank. You might also be able to find an older Classe CD player. Even more options: Some of the offerings from Jolida, Cambridge, or Rotel.
I suspect any of the above units would work just fine for your purpose in the office.
If you want something that's just plain "musical", pick up a used Jolida JD-100a (stock), throw in the tubes of your choice (I dig the Sovtek LPS's), add a decent power cord, and be done with it.
Like most anything else that's affected by personal preference and system synergy, you'll either love it, or hate it. I'm not even going to get into trying to define my impression of the sound, but for me, the Jolida has been an affordable blessing, and IMO, still stands out in the crowd.