OK, I know this CD player has been around for a while, but I purchased a used one as my first entry into higher quality gear. I replaced a Sony CDP-CA70ES CD player.
I prefer 2-channel direct audio for my music using a Denon 1803 and played not to loudly through a pair of Rti70's. I used the RCA jacks to take advantage of the higher quality DACS in the CD player. I listen mainly to ballads sung by women -- Anita Baker, Celine Dion, Phyllis Hyman, etc.
The Sony is a great CD player with tons of features, but it's no match for the Cambridge. The 500SE is very clear and smooth, and the vocals are right up front in your face, not competing with the band. Some of the instruments sound different and distinct, and muddy background noise is minimized, even in older CDs. My wife and I are really enjoying the sound and it's a great addition to our AV setup.
The next move is separates, but that will have to wait until more money starts to roll in. Maybe I can find some good deals at the local flea markets like some of y'all have done. Just need to do some homework to learn what to look for.