With all due respect, I once bought a Rotel RDD 980 because I thought it was a well made transport. It was a big disappointment. I have a radio shack cd3400 portable that sounds better as a transport than the Rotel. I then went on to try a Cal Delta, Rega Planet, Audio Alchemy DDS, Counterpoint and Parasound CBD-2000. The Counterpoint was the best sounding of the bunch, but was not a keeper because it sprayed RFI all over my house. The Parasound was almost as good and I have been happily using it for almost 5 years. The Sony SCD-c555es is also pretty good as a transport, especially for a changer. Better than the Aiwa changer that many people like. I always use a jitter reduction device such as the Audio Alchemy DTI pro with any tranport. The only DVD player I have tried as a transport was the Sony DVP-ns500v. It wasn't bad, but a little lacking in dynamics and a slightly veiled compared to the Parasound.