I would make your source your number one concern. All others come secondary in my opinion. I don't know much about the pioneer, but you might want to compare the sound of the pioneer to say a Rega Planet CD player which can be bought used for about 500.00. I have a friend who bought the planet and it was a big improvement over Rotel 855. The Planet is on the laid back side which I would think might match well with an integrated solid state receiver.
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