My old Harman Kardon CD player bought in c. 2000 finally died last night. R.I.P. old friend. So I need to buy a new CD player.
I would be most grateful for any helpful advice.
Price range: hypothetically up to $1700 (taxes included), but I'd rather not go much over a thousand if I can avoid it.
I want this player to last.
I'd like it to have a sufficiently powerful headphone jack that I can be lazy about using an amp, but I don't know if I should consider that a necessity. Any thoughts? Note: I don't use speakers.
Ideally, I'm looking for a double disc model because some classical works are packaged as two-disc sets, but it's not strictly necessary.
It would be nice if I could play a DAP through it, but that's really not necessary.
I don't need to be able to play SACD.
Some of the models I've started looking into are Marantz CD5004, Marantz CD6005, Marantz SA8004/5, and Sony SCD-XA5400ES.
General question: What will the more expensive models give me that something like Marantz CD5004 can't?
I welcome your suggestions and observations.