How many CD albums do you currently own? Of those, how many do you plan on getting SACD versions? That might help you decide whether or not SACD is worth it to you.
For the 2-3k price range there are some very good universal players, and very, very good Redbook players. I got my McCormack UDP-1 universal, primarily for Redbook, and the SACD/DVD-A/DVD-V (to me) is just bonus. Redbook, I'd be looking at an Audio Aero Prima CDP or Prima DAC.
IMHO a good player should not compromise sound quality for one software format or another...
- Steve O.