Best sounding CD player

I am interested in knowing what there think is the best sounding CD player . Some of my favorites are AMR cd-77, Cary 306sacd


let me know what your thoughts are including how the player sounds 


@dvdgreco I'm looking for that Cary 306S now working or non-working if you know of someone selling one. Thanks 

I’d recommend separate DAC and a transport. If you ever feel the need to upgrade either, easy enough. You didn’t mention budget, but the Audiolab 6000CDT is a great transport, and a helluva deal at $600.

I prefer R2R ladder DACs, as Soix suggested there are great units for all prices from Denafrips, Musician, Holo Audio, Gustard……I prefer the Denafrips and Holo Audio DACs

You mean Audio Research Reference CD8 ? 

If yes… I have read reviews of many earlier versions of Audio Research Reference CD / DACs and own a Reference CD9SE… I would definitely buy one. They have shown a wonderful natural, musical sound increasing the detail with each generation. I have owned a number of CD / DACs… Sonic Frontiers, Sim Moon 650D + 820 power supply ($18K) and the ARC CD9SE bested them by a large margin… simply as a DAC it bested a Berkeley Alpha Reference 3 ($22K). So, while my data points strike all around your question… I think they still point to a yes… ARC Ref CD8 being a great choice.

@soix vthokie83, @kcroyals 


Both of you mention Audiolab 6000 cdt

How is the slot loader on that? I've been finding manufacturers are skimping on quality when it comes to slot loader reliablity.

(As for all the people recommending Streaming over CDs. A lot of people love the physical aspect of owning CDs and vinyl. To each their own, I guess. But the thread is about CD player recommendations, right?)