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Personally I would find the teac distinction units hard to recommend, having owned all in the amp line up along with both the CD 1000 and CD 2000 they pale in refinement alongside better known units. This particular line up of products has the feel of being designed and built by a third party in China with a quick look over and some branding by Teac. I would recommend a SA-15S2 from Marantz which can be found for a bit north of 1200 used or if you can stretch a little further have a look around for a SA-14S1 which is my current unit, absolutely beautiful looking and built unit with superb usb dac built in with optical, co-ax and front usb port makes it a veritable digital hub.
I'm a very satisfied owner of a TEAC CD3000. Great frequency extension (at both ends) + air, imaging and sound stage. The USB to DAC input is very good too. It will take some time to "burn in" (use an XLO burn in CD). I also found it to benefit from an upgraded power cord (went w/Shunyata Venom 3S) and balanced out (Cabledyne). Good luck in your search. I was also considering various Marantz units. Would have gone with one of those except a TEAC demo unit w/in-home audition opportunity became available from Stephen Monte at Quest for Sound. Went with the TEAC and have been very happy. See the review on Audiophilia.
Hi, the CD-3000 was the one unit I did not have a change to work with, it's dac specification is far above the CD-2000 and is most likely a fine unit. I personally just found that the large R&D, manufacturing expertise and operational refinement of the Marantz series to be hard to neat. Glad to hear that your CD-3000 is providing you good sonics.
Hey Melmoth...appreciate the additional comments. I was really heading towards Marantz myself. Their stuff looks beautiful in and out and I read some great reviews on several of the pieces. W/respect to R&D there's certainly a well regarded Japanese designer (can't recall his name) associated with Marantz. On the TEAC side, the Esoteric connection is not to be overlooked although the Distinction series really does NOT share components with Esoteric pieces. Esoteric engineers reportedly consulted on the design of the TEAC series, however. The good news for me is I can't do A/Bs of TEAC vs Marantz so ignorance is bliss and I remain satisfied with the TEAC! It has worked out well in my system. Take care.