does anyone know a good site which rates them or has any recommendations? (for a standalone player)
The Active Buyer’s Guide claims to be able to do side-by-side comparisons.
I can only add: Do NOT get an APEX brand. Repeat, do NOT get an APEX. It’s usually sold at Circuit City for about $100. Even they will warn against it. I got one and it lasted 3 weeks before completely dying. The store allowed us to exchange it as it’s a common complaint with them.