I heard the new Ayre universal player in my system and really liked it..... Much better than anything else I have heard so far. Then again I really haven't heard too many of the "SOTA" Cd players so....
I am building a very similar system but with Audiopax 5c pre.
My choice is the EMM Labs after hearing what it could do at a high end show. Played with a cheap CD transport it was clear and detailed and seem to gel with the Audiopax 55s they were using into Ref150s
The Duo upgrade to Omega may be my first choice though!