The fact that manufacturers like Onkyo, Denon, Marantz, Musical fidelity, Cambdrige and others still make affordable CD players is a sign that there is still a market for that. In fact, Musical fidelity just re-released their M3 and M6 series and they sound better than ever so clearly, there are those who want a CD player in their system. Bryston, if they decide to go forward with this, might be one of the last high-end brands in the field from the "other" side of the pond. Esoteric/Teac and Accuphase seem to be doing well with their CD/SACD players so I think all it takes a leap of faith
Let's not forget we'd be dealing with something that is potentially as good as anything at any price. I'd buy one!