Good Universal Player with Balanced Outs

I have been looking around for a while but I haven't seen any Universal players in the 2-5K range (roughly) that have balanced outs, at least one firewire port and are currently available. Can you suggest anything that would?

I tend to keep my equipment for a long time and I would like to get a player that I can be happy with for a number of years. Are the universal players at that stage yet or do they need a few more generations to improve their handling of the high-res formats and get most of what is possible out of SACD and DVD-Audio?
Another alternative is to run the digital output of your ModWrighted Pioneer 38a into a Benchmark DAC-1($850.Retail).

The DAC-1 has balanced outputs and can be connected directly to a power amp and has an excellent built-in head
phone amp.
Gpalmer: Neither the Linn Unidisk or the Esoteric DV-50 have firewire outputs. I think the new Sony and the new Denon 9000 do have this feature.
Thanks for all the responses. It's going to take me a while to dig through all the options you folks have given me, but I'm really glad you were nice enough to share your thoughts!