What CD player compares to NAD C545BEE?

My 4th NAD CD player just died. My dealer has so far kept replacing them. But I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a player in the $500.00 range that is sonicly equal or better than the 545 and is reliable. I like the 545 sonicly. It has absolutely no electronic glare. I realize it's a little dead-sounding, but that's ok with me. Dead is easy on my ears. This new thread is probably a little redundant but I like to narrow things down.
Check out the Rotel 1072--it goes for about $400-450 used and has wonderfully smooth sound. Build quality and durability are excellent. I had the same experience with an NAD CD player, too--a bummer, because I think their integrated amps are great values.
Thanks for feedback on NAD. Must be bad chips over and over again. Will check out Rotel. Thanks.
You might be able to pick up a demo REGA Apollo for about $650-700. Worth a listen.