Have you tried getting a CD lens cleaner? If not, that might clear up most of your read/dropout problems and prolong the useful life of your Rotel.
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After my NAD CD player crapped out, I bought a Marantz 6006 player. Even though it sounded pretty good on it's own (more lively sounding than the NAD) I bought a Denafrips Ares ll DAC and liked the sound even more, still using the 6006 as a transport. Then I got an Audiolab 6000 transport and noticed a slight improvement in a few areas - more distinct soundstage, tighter bass, smoother sound all around. It even read CD's that the Marantz didn't, notably ones with scratches and skips.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
Ripping the cds is an option, but I'm not as fond of it. These are special albums and I appreciate them and their physical media. I suppose I could still hold the physical media in hand while playing a ripped file. Somehow that feels weird to me though.
I think a good transport is the way to go. I was unaware Schitt was coming out with one. And the Audiolab was on my list. Thanks to dtapo above for noting that the Audiolab bested the Marantz. I was thinking of that too!
I've been using the Audiolab 6000CDT with a Neko Audio D100 MKII DAC and have nothing but good things to say about the rig. I read a lot of reviews and forums before settling on the Audiolab, whose main competition seems to be the Cambridge. When Schiit does release theirs, that might be the best choice, especially if they keep the price low.
But if you have a good DAC, and the transport does its job, you'll be fine with any of these, or other, choices. The DAC is the key piece.