Annoying newbie CD/SACD player question

I am still using my Sony 5 disc carousel CD player that I bought in 1992.  I have loved this thing for years and years.  Recently it started skipping.  I cured that with some budget isolation feet from Amazon.  After about a year it’s starting to act up again, not being able to register that a CD is in the tray.  Turning it off and on fixed that but even without the recent problem I’ve been looking for a replacement for a while now. 

I have around maybe 25 hybrid SACD’s and have always wanted to try the format.  The only SACD player I can afford new is the Arcam CDS50.  I’ve also looked at a used Marantz 8005 SACD player and various used Sony’s.  On the other hand I’m thinking of just forgetting about SACD and I’m primarily looking at the Cambridge transport and the Audiolab 600cdt.  I would consider the new Audiolab CDT models as well.   Part of me wants to scratch my SACD itch.  I think the Marantz used is the best option.  It’s a recent model so likely still a lot of life left in it.  Looking at gut shots it seems much better built than the Arcam.  Am I wrong about that?  As far as the Cd transport option It seems that the Audiolab is the best bang for the buck with the only downside being the slot loading mechanism that scratches some people’s discs.

I’m having a hard time deciding which avenue to take.  I guess, like most people, I’m looking for the most bang for the buck.  Sorry for the rambling post.  I thought maybe it would instigate some suggestions to help me with my decision.  Thanks


If you are on a budget and looking for oldie but good sound quality CD/sacd player try to find a Philips 963SA player. 

I still have one and use it as a transport. Used as a player it still has competitive sound compared to current good low priced dacs. 

I originally bought it as a player because of its very good sound. There are a few reviews on it you can check out if this is of interest. 

Off-topic a bit, but while this thread is discussing CD players, Does anyone know if any of the newer players or transports do gapless playback? (I would not personally buy one that does not.)

Also I have an older Ayre sacd player that no longer reads the sacd layer of the discs. but plays Redbook cd's flawlessly. Is the laser weakening or possibly dirty?(Never cleaned) 🤔 

Any thoughts/comments on this is much appreciated!



Consult AYRE for a suggestion on your SACD player. Keep me posted on your progress.


Happy Listening!