If you can, hold out for DVD audio recorders. 48KHz at 24 bit instead of 41KHz at 16 bit. They should also be backward compatable to CD. Or go computer based.
I still think a professional quality sound card and a good CD burner are the way to go. You can capture (record) the audio from cassette or LP at 48/20-24, do any editing/cleanup that needs to be done, downsample the audio tracks to 41/16 and burn them to CD. It'll give you quality that rivals the old Mobile Fidelity "Gold" CDs that were available in the '90's.
If I could find something that would play and record all CDRs & CDRWs, as well as handle 5 cds or more, I'd be sold on it in a heartbeat...but for now, all I can do is just wait I guess.
Have you looked into any of the Pioneer multi-disc DVD players? I've got a single disc that hasn't refused a CD-R/RW yet (not even the crappy dollar store CD's a buddy of mine uses). Hell, it even plays MP3 discs.