On the universal playback front there are some options from Sony in your budget. Sony ES UBP-X1100. Plays pretty much every disc video and audio including SACD and DVD-A. It has RCA connection if you prefer that type of connection as well as HDMI. It has the AKM 4452VN dac. My Oppo-203 has the 4458 which I find quite pleasing and the 4452 is the two channel sibling to the 4458 8 channel dac. It's 498 at Crutchfield.
There is it's little sibling, the Sony UBP-X800M2 which plays pretty much all the same things, but sans the RCA connection and front panel display. It's 248 bucks. The 1100 has a 3 year warranty the x800 only 1 year. Both play ripped music from USB.
The only other truly universal player is the Pioneer UBP-LX500, that is 999 bucks and has been out of stock for a while now with on retailer telling me it may be April/May before any inventory shows up.
Supercharged Song Towers, Oppo BDP-203, Anthem MRX-520, LG B6 OLED
Headphone Rig: Oppo BDP-95, Burson Audio Soloist MKII Headphone amp/ Sennheiser HD800S, Sennheiser HD650