Also, Marantz has a number of players at various price points which utilize discrete (not discreet) output stages, including one (the CD5005) which lists for only $399. Also, the Bryston BCD-1 (no longer produced) has a discrete output stage.
Undoubtedly there are numerous others at all kinds of price points, at least among CD (as opposed to SACD) players, but those come to mind immediately.
The same as in quality pre-amps. Using IC chips or op-amps are not thought of as high-end in pre-amps and the same could be said of the audio output sections of cd/sacd players. If these integrated circuit or op-amps were of any merit then we would have many acceptable pre-amps with them....but we don't. Their only real advantage has to do with cost and ease of manufacture.
I agree with Whatjd's comments above. I know my Vitus SCD-025MkII cdp uses discrete analogue stages derived from the SL-102 preamp. I've also replaced stock 4 x OPA627AP ic op amps in my previous Ayon CD-5s with Burson Single HD discrete op amps and have heard the improvement with my own ears. Basically music sounded less digital (more analogue), music came from a blacker background, bass improved & soundstage width doubled. The difference to my ears was clear.