Have a look at an Ayre QB-9. Given you're description as to what you want for an upgrade, I think it would be a good choice.
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I had the 588 years ago and it was easilly bested by Esoteric. I went from an X03Se to a k03. The 588 blows away the QB-9. I would go for a used esoteric x03 or k05/even x05. Or connect a dac and good cable to the 588 and go in steps---though I feel the read mechanism of the esoteric is where you will get alot of improvement (along with the dacs inside the esoteric). Only mentioning it since so mnay feel cd is on teh way out. I do not, but cannot recommend a cd player w/o a digital input.
Hi Gerrot, many thanks for replying, having used the 588 before.
I must say that I am very surprised to hear you say that the 588 is still today a much better player than the Ayre dac !
Although the Esoteric looks very nice indeed, I am afraid it is a bit out of my price range, when I update, I would like to have the newest in the market today, as I have a feeling that the dac market is evolving very fast these days. I am likely to keep my next purchase for many years to come.