New CDP for $500?

Are there any decent CDP you can get new for under $500?
I liked the Music Hall 25 in this price range better than anything else I heard. It's warmer than others (which tended to be bright) but without loss of detail.

It lists for about $500 new. I am not a fan of used CD players.

If you can stretch to $1000, consider the Olive Symphony, which gives you full music server capability in a CD player drop-in replacement. It's real nice to be able to put your CDs away permanently.

Search the fora here, this question has come up before.


Bada Cd player..very good tubed output unit! I think it sounds better than quite a few more expensive units.
The Nad C542 is also $500 (retail list) and has an excellent reputation as a musical player. I had one and was very pleased with it. (I've gone to a PC based hard drive/Squeezebox system now.)