There are great sounding/affordable players of both types.My favorite,which provides the dynamics and detail of a good ss player with the full bodied sound of tubes is the JAS Musik 1.2
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My Cary 308T has tube output stage and sounds incredibly natural. It makes solid state or even hybrid cd players sound mechanical by comparison. The 308T is an out of production cd player that sells used for $1000 to $1200 usually. I've not heard their latest, the 303T, a $6500 unit with tube output.