what cd player ?

looking for suggestions for a cd player in the $1k -1300 range.


Just an idea for flexibility and sound quality, I bought this unit for CD and video as well. Panasonic DP-UB9000P1K. Audio section gets great reviews. Balanced output for 2-channel. 

Mainstream companies like Marantz, Denon, Rotel, and Yamaha all make very fine all-in-one players in your price range.


I have an Emotiva ERC3 that is a great transport to an external DAC; I second the comments here about upgrading the power cable and getting good isolation. The Audiolab CDT-6000 is another great way to get your toes in the water. I have a Gustard X16 DAC that like the the Emo and the Audiolab.

I 2nd the Audiolab CDT6000. Amazing sound for $600 and it reads discs well. I haven't had a skip.

Onkyo C-7030.  GREAT SOUND.  Long life.  Inexpensive.  Good transport if an external DAC is added later.