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The Oppo has a superior laser because it is also blu-ray. Get an Oppo, even used and a Synchro-Mesh reclocker and you have a world-class transport:
Older transports often have only one laser. You need three to get good tracking and reads. Also, C3 correction is a plus for scratched disks. Some newer transports will have this.
ARC CDP uses the Philips pro transport and is designed with excellent vibration and noise control. Marantz also uses a Phillips transport.
When using a CDP as a transport, a reclocker at the input to the Dac would provide higher SQ. The outputs on older CD players are not really designed for quality jitter control.