Cambridge Audio CD Player Has Died

I have a Cambridge Audio Azur 840C CD player that is roughly 15 years old. A year ago the left channel went dead & was subsequently repaired. However, yesterday the audio output completely died (no sound whatsoever). Although the unit has served me well, I am reluctant to continue to put more money into repairs of an older unit.

That being said, I have a question for those of you who have more expertise than I. Is there a discernible difference in sound quality between high-end CD players & those more moderately priced? Although I do have a high-quality audio system, I would prefer not to spend a lot of money on a new CD player unnecessarily.
Thank you so much.
Well, the Cambridge Audio CXC transport arrived. I connected it into my system along with the Schiit Multibit DAC. So far I am quite pleased.

[Now there is a caveat here. As a photographer, what is pleasing to the eye is inherently subjective. Similarly, I consider reproduced music being subjective to the ear. For me, I am interested in recreating a sound experience what I imagine would sound like if the performance was in my living room. I listen for all of the nuances & imperfections in both the instruments & voices].
That being said, it seems like the combination of the CXC transport & the Schiit DAC moves closer to my objective than the Cambridge Audio Azur840C that I replaced. If only I could switch back & forth between the two, I would be more objective. Nevertheless, I am quite pleased so far.
jl35:  Did you experience any appreciable increase in quality of sound after a period of "break-in"?
I bought the CXC new and the Schiit used. I felt they sounded good right away but improved after 100 hours or so. Not a different sound, more like same but better.