any pioneer elite unit makes wonderful transports and some have four DACS which makes great CD Players also.
I have found the following to be outstanding transports.
1. Pioneer Elite DV-09; Built like a tank, seriously overbuilt and outstanding transport. May not play all types of discs.
2. Pioneer Elite BD-09; wonderful Transport and CD player
3. Pioneer Elite DV-79AVi: great transport and also great CD player
4. Pioneer Elite BDP-95
Any of these can be had for a small amount of money. People "upgraded" because they wanted 1. a Blue ray play, so they sold the CD player. But, if you only want a CD Transport, the DV-09, BD--9 and DV-79AVi are hard to beat as transports. 2. HDMI for their blue ray players. Same arguments as above. 3. loading speed.
I have compared these as transports only into my Audio Research DAC 8 and they are absolutely wonderful. Also, the DV-79AVi, BD-09 and BDP-95 as CD Players are very close to the transport/DAC combination using the DAC 8.
Four internal DACs go a long way.
The prices are very low for each of these, from $150 to around $800 tops. you can't beat these for the money and sound quality. Anything under $2000 new today would have a very hard time beating these units.
Also, they look great with the dark wood side panels.
I still have my original Pioneer Elite PD-65 in my office and it sounds and looks great also.