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Digital source recommendation

Hello-I'm looking for recommendation on a new digital source. My current setup is a Denon 2900 CD/SACD, Samsung Blu-ray/DVD player (<$100), Integra DHC 9.9 AVR, Anthem 5ch amplifier & PSB speakers. The Denon 2900 is connected via RCA with the AVR setup to play in Pure Direct mode. The Samsung player is connected via digital coax. with the AVR setup to play movies. I have had this setup for many years & very happy with the results; only forced to make this move because the Denon 2900 has developed a problem (it skips). The 2900 is quite old, and not worth the repair in my mind. My priority is high quality stereo playback of rebook CDs (I have few SACDs). I play BD/DVDs but not so much anymore; for movies I stream via the TV. I don't stream music now, but I would consider it a bonus if the new source is able . I am open to all recommendations, i.e. CD transport, CD player to a universal player, & anything in between. My budget is $500. Thanks in advance.
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For CD playback there are many units available within your price range. Take a look at the Tascam CD-200BT ($300), which replaced the excellent CD-200 that I tested at home. Links below to my test (Post 15) and Amazon:

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/173-2...l#post55187756

https://www.amazon.com/Tascam-CD-200...s%2C232&sr=8-1

I have not heard it, but based on my positive experience with the Yamaha CD-N500, consider the Yamaha CD-S300 ($300) as well, available from Crutchfield and elsewhere.

Here is a selection of CD players from the good folks at Crutchfield:

https://www.crutchfield.com/g_53100/...ers.html?&pg=2

Music room: Cary SLI-80 tube integrated amplifier, McIntosh MA6500 integrated amplifier, Quad 99 preamp, Quad 909 power amp, Acoustic Research AR9 loudspeakers, Yamaha CD-N500 CD player, Teac UD-503 DSD DAC, Phase Linear 8000 II linear-tracking turntable.
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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.

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glangford I appreciate the feedback. Sony X800M2 & X1100ES have peeked my interest. I like the single box solution to play my legacy CD, SACD, DVD-A, DVD-V and Blu Ray. As far as I can tell, the X1100 has a DAC and the X800 does not. Otherwise both have same features. I plan to connect X800 to Integra AVR via HDMI, and use the Integra's DAC. I'll do more research & confirm this will work.
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glangford I appreciate the feedback. Sony X800M2 & X1100ES have peeked my interest. I like the single box solution to play my legacy CD, SACD, DVD-A, DVD-V and Blu Ray. As far as I can tell, the X1100 has a DAC and the X800 does not. Otherwise both have same features. I plan to connect X800 to Integra AVR via HDMI, and use the Integra's DAC. I'll do more research & confirm this will work.
It should, there is not reason it shouldn't. Make sure you get the x800 M2 version if you do. It has Dobly Vision, the older x800 does not.

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