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Regalman, I don't agree with your conclusion: all transports do not sound the same. I have have auditioned several transports: Wadia VRDS, Pioneer Laserdisc transport, CEC TL-0 and Accuphase. Each transport has it's own sound. To me transport has greater impact on sound than DAC. But not everyone will agree with this either.
I didn't offer a conclusion, only an possible alternative. I did some research into jitter reduction devices. One professional review in particular caught my attention. It was of the latest DAC1 with jitter reduction circuitry. The reviewer tested it with the USB output of a PC and two very different transports - very different price levels. The reviewer could hear no difference amongst the three. This is hardly proof of anything. We all know in the world of audiophiles there is no accepted proof of anything. One person's Brilliant Pebbles is another person's snake oil.
I just bought a Monarchy Audio DLP. Using it with my SlimDevices SqueezeBox made no audible difference to my ears. I haven't tried it with CD player yet.
Jitter is a significant reason why various transports may sound different with the same DAC. Some newer DACs feature reclocking which virtually eliminates jitter in the digital stream. Jitter can also be reduced by careful impedance matching between the transport, cable, and DAC.
With that being said, CEC belt-drive transports have been lauded for their ability to reduce mechanical vibrations and their jitter-inducing impacts. The TL51X would be in your price range.
Personally, I have a Bryston BP25DA which does have a reclocking DAC. So, I plan to purchase a new, inexpensive CD player to use as a transport. I'm looking for good ergonomics and reliability above having the lowest jitter output. I'm looking at several sub $500 units would work well for me.