I looked closely at the Yamaha CDC-600. Real nice player. I just didn't want to invest that much right now ($299 new in Canada, most places) as this might be a short term investment.
I found a used older model Yamaha (CDC-585) on EBay - paid $49 bucks including shipping. Works beautiful, just no remote.
Also did hear good things about the Marantz units - look beautiful, but again cost was a limiting factor for me right now.
Boston Acoustics Classic series L/C/R + front presence; Fluance XLBP Bipole surrounds; Velodyne DLS-5000R
Yamaha RX-A3040; Emotiva XPA-3