have a 9000es too. sounds very good using analog outs, sold my denon5000 and levinson39, this player is better.if you use digital out you dont use the da in the sony but what is in your processor, not very likely to be better than in the sony, however interconnects make a big difference in what and how you hear it. I use transparent ref xl, ironic that it costs way more than the player , but already had them on my levinson. i didnt expect it to sound better than 39,probably better than my denon5000, it beat both. picture is way better too. breakin takes a while but itwill get there.