Which budget CD Player for Arcam Alpha 5 Amp?
My Arcam Alpha One CD player is nearing the end of it's life and i'm looking for a replacement. I bought it 20 years ago along with the Arcam Alpha 5 Amp and Royd the Minstrel speakers from Music Matters Stourbridge. The Royds lasted until last year but the amp is still going strong, and for the last year I've used it with Mission M70 bookshelf speakers and it actually sounds pretty good. The CD player still sounds fantastic when i can get it working, it's getting very temperamental in its old age.
I can't afford Arcam prices this time unfortunately, only have £200 to spend. So my options are:
1) Denon DCD520
2) Yamaha CDS300
3) Pioneer PD-10
4) Marantz CD5004
Yesterday i tried someone's Cambridge Audio CD10 and it sounded about as bad as music can. It coped with classical and jazz ok but made rock sound tinny, lacking in any detail, and like all the sounds were squashed together. Cambridge audio will not be on my shortlist!
So, my question is, out of the 4 options above which one do you think is my best option and how do you think it will sound through my current setup?