You don't say where you're based but are asking for help, i.e. to borrow equipment. If you were more forthcoming with your location, I'm sure there will be wammers who might be willing to help & perhaps come over with a dac/sbt etc..
Why not follow Tels suggestion & fill in your profile & list the rest of your kit? It would at least give some idea of some suitable suggestions.
Your budget seems to be all over the place, yet your cd92t could prolly be usefully bettered by a fair few of the current sub £700 dacs + a SBT. Remember with a dac you're not paying for a transport & you generally have to get into fairly pricey territory for dedicated cd players to better this performance. Using your arcam as a transport into the dac will also very likely bring improvements in SQ when playing cd's.
Until you list the rest of your kit tho' it's rather hard to say what the solution might be or how much it's worth spending & it may even be wise to look at other upgrades first/too even.
Given that you're saying that a lot of the music you have is of a ropey quality I'd suggest spending largish amounts on an SBT+ Dac combination isn't. the best idea really. It's not so hard to source high quality music in most genres & pretty much all formats. The amount of music you seem to be talking about too, is small for the size of outlay you propose. If you spent around £600 or so on an SBT+ dac & spent another five hundred notes on c.d.'s & ripped them to flac wiv decent ripping software, you could at least have some surety re the quality & also have a great deal more music besides, as 700 or so tunes doesn't seem like a lot of music.
You don't seem to have got the idea/point of what the SBT actually is/does. If you like various artist compilations why not just buy cd's of your favourite artists & either put together playlists yourself or just select random play of songs, these are all easy to do & you also have full access to internet radio without having the computer on at all.......you can even stream wirelessly from the computer/lappy in another room......which may lessen the chance of you going blind due to your porn fixation/affliction
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