In my experience, bleeding edge CD technology in the consumer market rivals the classics and is often more neutral offering less of a house sound than the big names.
What I found back in the day was that high price tag CD players and DACs were not more transparent, neutral and detailed but simply a more pronounced company sound. The Classe CDP.5, Aragon D2A, Adcom GDA-700, Marantz CD-65SE, Anthem CD1 all good players and DACs but all very coloured. Luckily the Aragon house sound is neutral and transparent if not a little dry. The Adcom also somewhat neutral with a slight dark presentation. The others were clearly not true to the source.
Anyway all that to say that I have access to these and my source is the M-Audio Revo
A ~$100US soundcard playing lossless WMA. So would I go out and blow a $1000+ on a Sony XA7ES or Meridian 508.24? Not in this lifetime. I may be interested in some higher end bleeding edge like the 47 Labs or Bel Canto DAC2 but nothing that's a rehash of old design.