I've had an eye on the Oppo for a while as well as Yamaha BD-A1060 universal player w/ balanced out for only $500, but have read that stand alone CD players still perform better. What is your experience w/ the Oppo vs. your Marantz sacd player.
You may wish to consider an Oppo UDP-205 as a universal player (simultaneously replacing your BD player) and use its dedicated balanced outputs to your integrated amp. I completely revamped my system (haven't been able to post pictures yet), and I now use the Oppo for SACD and BD. It's a wonderful all-around player and well worth the $1299 pricetag.
Thanks Jgerman. I do appreciate minimal equipment with a discrete appearance. I would like to add a dedicated cdp w/ balanced output to take advantage of the amps balanced input,as well as a better tuner because I use this source a fair amount. I've always considered a turntable like you have, but would can't figure out where to place it w/o a different audio console.
Well done. Appears to be a bright, airy, and pleasant place to listen to music. I like how streamlined your system is, and I’m sure it sounds remarkable. Do you have plans to add any components down the road?