I was once hard up for SACD stuff, in some ways I still am but the realization of superbly mastered redbook can be >>> the high res stuff.
IMO you're on the right track sticking with a reasonable budget but here's the thing. Most CDP's these days don't tend to last - it's usually the lasers that go bad actually.
These days I recommend buying as cheaply as possible with the expectation that you may have to repair or replace something in the player if you plan to keep it long term. Finding a local repair shop that doesn't overcharge is probably a good idea.
I use a Sony xa5400es in my best setup and it has not let me down yet, honestly it sounds just about as good as my Perfectwave mk2. Used price I think they are closer to $900 though from what I have seen. If I had to do it again I would probably go the Oppo route because they seem to be regularly updating their products, Sony on the other hand not so much.
I also found the analog out of my Ps3 to be less than stellar.