|I dunno.....I somehow get the idea a PCDP could be a decent transport...the distortion thing is very true....but I guess I could just get some Monster () cable to fix that. And I don't think it matters whether the optical outs can get covered in dust - as soon as they are bought, they should have a plug stuck into them - voila, instant dust cap
IMHO a PCDP would make the worst transport!
Toslink makes for a very poor digital connector IMHO. I work with fiber gear at work and I see distortions (with video signals) if even the slightest speck of dust is present on the connector. I have also spliced fiber cable and a poorly made splice (usually caused by dust present!) will also affect performance. I see the (mostly) poor quality that toslink jacks (and its even worst on a PCDP!) and cables are made of and I would not even bother to use it at all I if had the choice.
Most problems with coax digital transmissions are trying to keep the impedance constant throughout the chain. Any variance in impedance, whether in the cable itself or most likely in the output jack of the source or the input jack of the DAC is what causes jitter. It is VERY hard to keep a true 75 Ohm impedance constant throughout the digital chain, which is why highend transports, DACs, and digital cables are so expensive!
Squirt, with only 2k to spend, I believe you will get better (and cheaper!) results with a high quality CDP.
2K can buy you a Rega Jupiter or an Arcam FMJ CD23!
There are others to chose from, but just these two examples would make killer
I'm sure that you would have to spend way more than 2k to beat their sound.