Originally Posted by CamelBackCinema
Just the answer I was looking for. Well I want to start out small so is it correct for me to assume that any CD player that will be used with analog out will pretty much sound the same from 300 to 1000 dollars?
It will also depend on what kind of music you listen to and what other kit you will plug it into. Here is a good review three of the main contenders in the 300 ish catagory.
This guy gives a pretty fair account but a lot of people will disagree about the relative merits of the machines in question and the only way to really be 100% sure is to use your own ears and go to a store where they allow you to compare some of these players side by side.
Spending upto 1000USD you will certainly find dealers who have proper demonstration facilities and will allow you to sit there for hours listening to your favourite music on a range of different players.
In the budget end of the market this is getting more and more difficult as the margins involved don't support this kind of luxury but really it's the only way to be 100% happy with your decision.