Within these parameters:
1.) Progressive scan a must (for future monitor upgrade).
2.) DVD - CD - SACD - LMNOP... oops sorry... must handle whatever format is out there today except MP3 (it's optional).
3.) No internal SSP (got that covered in my AVP).
4.) Multi-disc preferred, but not a must. If you want to recommend one of each, great.
5.) Under $1000 - the less, the better :) , but it's a value question.
6.) 'Value’ = performance/ price (but, I don't expect you to do the calc's for me).
All options are welcome regardless of brand, e.g., Technics. Sometimes there’s a pearl in a pile of s**t, e.g., RS’s little Optimus speaker.
If you have had a bad experience with a brand, whether recommended by another or not, please state that as well. Don't want sparks to fly, but would rather have some than miss the input.
If you think a do-it-all, is NOT the way go, that input is welcome as well. I own both single, and multi-disc CD players, but they’re not SACD capable. I’m looking to simplify and economically cover all the bases, if I can. To do so, I am willing to accept some performance compromise, but would obviously like to minimize it. I know I can always upgrade to separate players later.
My current player is a one-year-old, Sony DVP-NC600 (five-disc carousel, DVD-CD-Video CD player). My old CD players are a Denon DCD-1500 and a Sony carousel.
My probable timing is April this year for my next purchase (have to let my credit card cool off a while). If there's something coming down the road, model and/or format wise that would make it worth waiting longer, please state that as well.
I didn’t specify outputs because it appears all have at least one optical and component these days, but if a player is noteworthy for extras here, please mention them.
Thanks for your input…
EDIT: Corrected AC3 to MP3...