Re: What CD player to buy - a reader needs advice...
I wouldn't go Oppo for CD playback, however, I agree with the Outlaw/NAD sentiment. Outlaw has a retro design stereo receiver with all the trimmings (including a USB port) in the RR2150. I've spent considerable time with it and I can say that it is quite good.
I LOVE the NAD BEE Series. I've owned the 320BEE which I think is the cheaperst of the bunch and the original and it was utterly fantastic. Mate that bad boy with the matching CD player and BOOM you're in hi-fi heaven.
That's my two cents.