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You can get the 963sa for pretty cheap, $340 shipped. Get it modded for $300-$500 and you'll have yourself a very nice player for not much money. There are several places that do these mods and from looking at the parts installed, the results should be exceptional.
I'm thinking the same as you are, so that's what I've come up with. I used to own the s9000es, have considered the sacd1000, but a modded 963sa seems to be the consensus pick for value, especially considering used s9000es's and SACD1000's go for $550-700. Supposed to sound pretty good stock too.
Good luck. Sorry no direct experience with the 963sa though. May pick one up in the next month or so.