audio classics has a used revox elegance for 500....its quiet and as balanced sonically as anything inthe 2k to 3k range....go figure.
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Strong recommendation: I too sit just a few feet away from the CDP. My Rotel RCD-02's transport is very quiet. I would expect the current RCD-06 to be similarly quiet. I compared it to a NAD-541i and the NAD's transport was very noisy compared to the RCD-02. I would expect the RCD-06 to come in at or near the $500 list price of the RCD-02. As for the player's sound, check my review at AudioAsylum. It's not my last CD player, but with well-mastered CDs (especially HDCDs), it can sound pretty good. However, if your system falls on the bright side of neutral, I'd look elsewhere.