Originally Posted by PULLIAMM
CD player technology has gotten so advanced in recent years that even a cheap, entry-level player is worthy of the best amps and speakers. A player in the $300-$600 range from one of those excellent brands has sound quality beyond my ear's ability to appreciate. Paying more cannot result in any audible improvement beyond that point (though the imaginition can be fooled by the fiction that "it costs more so it must be better".)
You forgot to add: "In my opinion"
No really, it depends on how you have it connected. If you are using a digital connection to your AVR, processor, or stand alone DAC, then I agree with you, there is very little difference in sound between players used as transports, unless one was severely deficient.
But DAC's can and do sound very different, so used as a player, you certainly can hear differences between players.