Some of those 80's CD players had much better analog sections then many recent players with obvious exceptions of Oppo95/105 and a few others. Thus if using the player's DACs, you might prefer an older version. When my CD player was OOS I tried substituting my Sony DVD player which was highly regarded and I noted a big drop in SQ for music, this was likely in the late 90s/early 2000s. CD player from later 80s I am guessing.
Main Kef: Reference 205/2 & 202/2c, Surrounds: Kef XQ40, Velodyne Optimum 12, Integra DHC 80.3, Ayre K-5xeMP, Oppo BDP-103, Bryston 4Bsst2, Parasound Halo A31. Second B&W: 685 (3), CCM618, Def Tech Powerfield 1500, Onkyo TX-NR1008, Zone 2 Klipsch AW650.