Thanks for all the responses. My previous player was a Pioneer PD-5100, made in Japan. Quality is obviously several levels higher, as I never had a problem and build quality never came into question. It simply works. Just like a sewing machine. Will probably run forever.
I discovered the IEC problem, during one of the fits of my first Cambridge player. In my case, it is NOT due to the power cord, as I never even removed the included power cord from its bag. I used two other power cords I had previously bought. When all else failed, I inserted the player in a different system, and it worked. Then I put it back in my main system and all was OK, for a while. It seems from all the horror stories I have previously seen(on AudioReview) and here, that the quality of Cambridge gear is just not up to snuff. Therefore, I will not be taking a chance on another D500 SE. Again, I do really, really like the sonics. But, the player has to work in order for me to enjoy the sound. Other players my dealer carries are:
1. NAD 541. Same price point. Inferior sonics. Less heft, resolution, detail, and refinement.
2. Jolida 603. Same price point. Seems to be of sloppy build quality. Inferior sonics. A fair amount of haze, grunge, and murk. Not sure if it is due to the stock Chinese 12AX7s, but build quality now scares me.
3. Rega Planet 2000. 2X more expensive. My dealer is not in love with the build, but it seems good to me. Sonics are sluggish and boring to me.
4. Linn Ikemi. 4X+ more expensive. Sonics are about equivalent. Very open and detailed, lack of weight and heft. I am certain it exhibits typical Linn excellent build quality.
5. Electrocompaniet. Not sure about price(it's not cheap...). Excellent sound and build quality. Not sure one could expect more.
6. Linn Genki. Expensive, have not listened to it.
Basically, the only players I would be happy with from this list are the Linn Ikemi and Electrocompaniet. But, I am not going to spend that much on a CD player. Not when I am uncertain of the future status of the new formats. Or, if they will take off within the next year or so.
Maybe I will take something else from the store, even though my system is pretty much complete(I don't need anything other than a CD player). I would like to support this dealer(via my money), as he has always given me good service, etc. However, in the end there is still a chance I will just opt for the refund, as I do not see a better alternative yet.