Frank is who I was referring to. A great guy who knows how to run a Hifi shop and treat his customers. I wish I could afford what he sells! I walked in one day without knowing he works primarily by appointment. He was setting up a Halcro/Verity/something else system that retailed for about $100k. He politely stated that he has an appointment in about 20 minutes that he's getting ready for but he'd answer anything I had on my mind. He told me all about gear in my price range and where to find it, what he thought I may like more, but what to also consider. As it turned out, he was right on with all of it. And he didn't sell any of it personally. How many dealer's in this day and age do any of that? After we talked and he was done setting up the system, he handed me the remote and said 'the customer should be here in about 15 minutes. Give this system a listen. I'm going to eat a sandwich.' How many dealers would do that?
Back to the CDPs...
I'm assuming you're in the Westchester area? Probably bought the Apollo from Accent on Music? That's where I bought mine. Those guys are my favorite dealer, as I can afford some of their stuff, and they're like Frank in a lot of ways. They've always taken great care of me.
CDPs make a big difference. I'm not sure the source first crowd is 100% correct, but they're onto something. I think Naim would do very well sonically in your Densen system, but I'm not sure if it's truly what you're looking for. It's a bit 'wall of sound' in it's presentation.
I really like Bryston gear and own a B60 integrated amp. I was going to buy a Nait 5i until I sumbled upon my B60. Bryston gives far better 3D imaging and soundstaging, and is a bit more relaxed sounding than Naim. I say this because if you've heard Naim, it should give you a sense of how Bryston compares.
Audiocom in Greenwich CT carries Bryston. They're a very good shop. No one else is Frank, so don't expect that. I was actually in Audiocom the other day and they're moving to Norwalk, CT. They store has to be empty at this point. The salesman said they're doing demos by appointment until they've got everything settled. If you're in the area, look them up and give them a call. I'm sure they'd let you take home a BCD-1. It'll be a bit different than the Densen and ARC CDPs. Probably not better or worse, just different.